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Week two of sophomore year done. I can’t even process what’s going on anymore because there’s just so much happening. During the summer all I had to do was sleep and eat. My mindset then was very different from where it is now. It was a good three months, not having to stress about homework or tests. But, I knew my fairy tale would soon end. Summer for me was pretty much focused around orientation and summer classes. Orientation would always be the highlight of my week. No matter what month we were in, a day at an orientation session would be the best feeling in the world. Speaking of orientation, UHCL had their second Hawk Launch event during the summer!

Hawk Launch is an event that creates bonds with other freshmen during a two-day event. It was loads of fun. I got to meet a big group of freshmen. Last year was when I first met some of my closest friends, Helen Nguyen and Nelly Tanori. Our one-year anniversary was Sunday, August 23. (That’s just a little fun fact for you.) It also shows how big of an impact Hawk Launch had on me and in regard to meeting new people.

11937466_943861629021240_985207277126350804_oMoving along, this was my second year representing the Yellow Team. Yellow Team 2.0 was amazing. This year was a bit different. For one, Hawk Launch was extended to two days. Second, we were unable to have some of the Hawk Games outside due to the heat wave that was blazing through Houston that day. This also led to the cancellation of the Color Fight. Although we weren’t able to go outside, we still had a blast indoors. We, of course, had to be quiet because there were still summer classes going on. There were the occasional slip-ups where I would yell “Banana!” too loud. Yes, our theme song was based around the Minions tune. It went as follows:




Our team ended up getting second place, the same place as last year. Hope you all are having an amazing start to a great semester. Let’s keep up the good work and aim high, Hawks! Have a great week!


Still Have Butterflies

Welcome back, Hawks! I hope each and every one of you had a great holiday break. Semester breaks are like cheetahs – they go 60 miles an hour. I don’t want to go back to school. I love sleeping in late, having movie nights and not having to stress about schoolwork. Although I didn’t get to travel much, I still had a blast in Houston.

I’d like to start off with the highlight of everything. Being a UHCL Hawk Guide is the best choice I ever made. I met so many incoming students. I’m glad I welcomed them to UHCL. It was also great putting so much hard work into the job, and seeing others gain knowledge from it. During the freshman orientations, the OL’s performed a variety of skits. The first time around they were a little rough, but the second it was as solid as my grades were this past semester. And man, my grades were awesome.eric

The break gave me a chance to absorb all the knowledge I gained in the past semester. Passing a class in college is the best feeling I have ever felt. It’s like finding your true love kind of feeling. Which my true love is, of course, white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies’ from Subway.

Even though I knew the classes were challenging, putting in the hard work paid off in the end. I was overwhelmed by how much was expected from me at the beginning of the semester, but I got used to it by the end of December. I had a new routine. Classes, homework/study, some sleep, and repeat; very different from my high school routine.

The main thing that shocked me was that in high school many of us took AP classes, and to be honest, they were nothing like college classes. That is what stunned me the most. Aside from reflecting on my past semester, I also started worrying about this coming semester. I know for a fact I will be able to handle it much better, but I still have that weird butterfly feeling in my stomach for some reason. I’m guessing it has to do with having new professors. I got so used to my old professors. I was barley getting to know them near the end.

Overall I’m really looking forward to this new year and new semester. I made a promise to myself that I would go to the Fitness Zone at least two times a week. So let’s hope I don’t let myself down. The orientation staff also had a social this past Monday, and I have to say it was amazing. We put in so much work and it was nice blowing off some steam before school started again. Everyone had a great time. Although I may not be all that good at mini golf, I’m a beast at laser tag. Well, I like to think I am. I rolled like ten times so that must mean I’m good.

Anyways, Hawks that does it for the first blog of the semester. I hope you all have a great first week of classes.

— Eric