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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!


It’s Good to be Back!

It’s been a long summer Hawks! I’m glad to be back at it again. Eric 2.0 is in progress. For those who are new to UHCL, or do not know who I am in general, my name is Eric Yanez. I am a sophomore, and I was part of the first freshman class to attend the University of Houston – Clear Lake. I have been blogging my freshman experience since I started attending UHCL. My blogs consists of on campus events, my opinion on topics and many other situation-type-cases.

Eric1Not gonna lie. Being a sophomore feels pretty great. The main reason for this is because I’m pretty proud of myself knowing that all my hard work last year paid off. It’s not everyday someone can accomplish getting 30 or more college credit hours. I already have many topics I want to cover. I have been dying to talk about the incoming freshmen, or as I like to call them the Freshmen 2.0. Throughout the summer I would greet all of these incoming freshman. When I saw them I’d say to myself, “Wow! did I look like that last year?!” This was because I was shocked at how young they looked. I feel like I’m an old goober now.

There’s been so much that’s happened this week; I won’t be able to fit it all into one blog. I promise I’ll get all my summer experiences out to you guys!

One thing I do want to talk about in this blog is parking. I hope I don’t sound like I’m ranting, but man, parking gets terrible from one moment to another. It’s like our cars reproduce at breakneck speed. I used to be able to arrive on campus at 8:30 a.m. and get one of the first parking spots, but now it feels like I have to take a walk through the desert. On the bright side, we do have more students through the halls of UHCL. I’m not gonna lie, I do miss the peace and quiet, but having more students makes UHCL feel more like a four-year university. The newfreshmen are like the sprinkles on an ice-cream sundae.

Speaking of having more interaction on campus, did anyone see how big of a success we had with the Welcome Back Bash!? This year’s Welcome Back Bash was better than last year’s. It just felt more alive. There was way more to do and having it outside with the trees and nature preserve just made it a well-rounded event. They had a dunking booth and even water pong! Shout out to Bianca Salinas for being the champion!

A year ago I couldn’t have imagined UHCL as upbeat as it is now. There’s just more noise, and that isn’t a bad thing. Everyone was talking about the bash. I got to see many of the people I had to orientate during the summer. I hope my brain isn’t all over the place as there’s still so much I want to cover. I hope everyone had a great first week of classes! Until next week, Hawks!


From a shy hawk to a leader

The time has come fellow Hawks. This will be my last blog of the year. It has been an honor to share my freshman experience with all of you. I’m going to miss all the great times I had this year. Nonetheless, I also had a blast writing each and every single blog just as I was also excited for helping create the school yearbook.

wingspanThe Wingspan is a freshman experience yearbook that was released on April 29. I love seeing how freshmen and sophomores come together in the pages. It’s like seeing a family of eyas or baby hawks. The pages are so vibrant and I enjoyed reading a couple articles I got the chance write. Be sure to check that out. https://uhclwingspan.wordpress.com/yearbook-2015/

I have made so many unbelievable memories. It feels like I just woke up and this whole freshman year was just a dream. I can still remember everything from freshman orientation all the way to the Student Leadership Banquet. I have seen myself grow as a person as well. I started off as a shy baby hawk. As the semester went on, I saw myself grow as a leader and in academics. I never thought I would be writing 7-10 page papers. In high school the most I wrote was one page. The stakes in university are higher, which is what made me step up my game. I honestly didn’t expect to see much change in the beginning. I thought it would be easy. College is honestly one of the biggest challenges I have faced this point in my life. I know it will only get harder, but I accept the challenge.

I can’t wait to see myself in three more years walk across that stage and receive my diploma. That will be the moment when I will be proud of my hard work until then I have to keep on working toward success. I know UHCL was the right choice and it is the school that will mold me to becoming a successful student. I hope I was able to relate to a lot of you Hawks throughout this year.

Wow! Can you believe it a whole year? Now we’re on our way to becoming sophomores. It is still unbelievable how fast time flies. I bid you all farewell, and until next year.

Have a great summer and good luck to you all!


One step at a time

Getting steps closer to the end of the semester, all I can think about is next semester. I’m anxious to start school in the fall once again. There are many things I cannot wait for such as seeing where else I can get involved. One of the main things that I am most excited about is the incoming freshman class. I am really hoping this year there are more changes on campus. I want to see the atmosphere change with more and more young people attending the university. Change doesn’t happen over night, but I’m hoping it happens soon.

ericEven with the year ending, it won’t be the end of school for me because I registered for summer classes already. I know I won’t do much during the summer anyway, so this will give me something to do while getting college credit. I know there are still so many things I need to figure out about the college life, but for now I’m just going to take things one step at a time.

This past weekend was the Student Leadership Banquet held at the Houston Space Center. I have been looking forward to it for quite sometime, and needless to say it was worth every penny. I loved the exhibits that were open for us to see. NASA just looks cooler at night. It was great seeing everyone dress up and share his or her accomplishments with the university. As for me, I feel blessed and honored to have been awarded Emerging Leader of the Year. I thank everyone that was a part of this accomplishment. It means so much I have the award hanging in my room. This was the first of many more I hope to receive. By the end of my four years at UHCL, I’m hoping to have a whole wall dedicated to awards. As I sat in the auditorium and heard the names being called out, I felt like I was at the Grammys. I felt like a superstar when I heard my name called out. Like Taylor Swift walking down the isle to receive her Grammy. It truly was a memorable moment in my life.

That is all for this week, Hawks! Be sure to keep studying for finals!


The end is near

I noticed how fast these weeks have gone, but it hasn’t hit me until now. The first freshman class will no longer be the babies of the university and it is only going to get harder. The pressure is on, and I am ready for anything this university has in store for me. There is so much more to learn and new experiences to witness. The only thing I am worried about at this point is passing my finals. Well, of course, I am going to pass, but I hope I am able to maintain my GPA.

biancaOver the weekend, I attended the 37th Annual Student Leadership Banquet and received my certificate for completing all the rigorous requirements of the Hawk Leadership Institute. It felt great receiving my award because at the beginning there was 18 of us in the group and only 12 of us made it to the end. All of our thoughts on leadership have grown and improved over the course of the year and now it is time for the next step. I will definitely be involved with the Hawk Leadership Institute next year. This year was full of self-reflection and development and now it is time for manifestation and clarity. The requirements are not set in stone for year two of HLI, but so far we are going to be required to be an orientation leader or an officer of any organization. We will also act as mentors for the new students coming into HLI next year. I am already an orientation leader, so I have that covered, and I can’t wait to meet the next round of HLI students.

Seeing many of my peers accepting their awards was a satisfying feeling. It motivated me to want to work harder and get my name out there. I promised myself that next year I will be accepting more than two awards. There is no “if’s”, “and’s”, or “but’”s about it. I am just warming up.

It is official, I will be inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) on May 2. I have also applied for two officer positions for the society, and I hope I land one of them. If I get elected for the secretary position or the new member orientation chair I will be satisfied. It is time to put all my words into action and hold a position in a student organization. It is a lot of pressure, but I know I can do anything I set my mind to.


One thing off my bucket list

Hello again, Hawks! This past week I heard some devastating news: the Chili Cook-off was postponed for April 18. All orientation leaders will be on a retreat, which means we won’t be able to join the fun. Sad day, USA; the show must go on without us. Even though we had most of our things planned out, we decided to use them next year. It’s not like we won’t be having fun at the retreat. Orientation leaders are going to have a blast. We’ll be doing some activities such as team builders and training all the way to capture the flag. I have never been camping in my life, so I will finally be able to check it off my bucket list. One of the things I’m most excited about for the retreat is making s’mores. Yum! S’mores made in the microwave are legit, but I want the real stuff. I’m already counting down the days. I’m not fond of mosquitoes, so let’s hope there are none or else we’re going to have a problem.

ericAnyone else pumped for be student banquet? I know I am. I’m like a girl during prom season trying to figure out what to wear. I don’t want to go too formal, but I also do not want to go underdressed. I mean if it’s being held at NASA I’m pretty sure it’s a formal event. I’m going to play it safe and go formal but not too formal. I don’t want to dress like I’m going to prom either. This banquet sounds like it’s the Grammy’s but for student leaders.

The month of April is packed with fun-filled events. It is literally like speed racer on a racetrack. The more stuff there is the faster the month goes. As soon as the race is over, we just have one more week left and that’s for finals. I am really pumped to almost have the chance to be a sophomore. When someone asks me in the hall, ” Hey are you a freshman?” I will reply by saying ” Freshman? *Phft sound* no I’m a *takes off sunglasses* sophomore.”

I am hoping that next year the campus will be more interactive. I know we are taking baby steps, but I want to get to the point where we have students studying in the grass or playing Frisbee during breaks. Seeing a lot of people leave school after they’re done with classes is just so sad.

Well that’s it, Hawks. Have a great week!