Tag Archives: #SpringBreak

I’m no Shakira, but I try my hardest

Happy spring break, Hawks! We all deserve a break after mid-term catastrophe. I had the worst mid-term freak out ever — assignment after assignment — it was like a never-ending pile of essays. I don’t know how I managed to survive the battle. As I have stated before, breaks go by so fast. They never last. It’s like I do something to chase them away.

During the break, I still went to school for half of the week. Not for classes or anything, but for Hawk Guide meeting because preparing for Chili Cook Off is serious business. There is so much to do. I also noticed we don’t have too much time before the event arrives. I’m sure the Orientation and New Student Programs office will come out on top. One can only hope so.

ericWe also had to go to Sam’s Club with Sara Khalifa during the break for snacks to take on our retreat. Spending money on food is my specialty so I’m glad I was of value. Not only was I at school for meetings and shopping, there was also dance practice for the Cultural Extravaganza coming up this Saturday. Who knew I could dance? Well, I sort of can. I’m no Shakira, but I try my hardest. Learning dance moves that you thought you already knew is very confusing. It just makes it a bigger challenge. I know that our team will do great out there. We practice a lot and even though I can’t make it to all the rehearsals I still manage to keep up to date on the routine. I haven’t just learned to dance, but I realized that managing time is essential to work as a team. I hope all you Hawks can come and cheer us on. I don’t want to say too much because then it will ruin the performance.

We are halfway through the semester, let’s pull through and finish what we started. It is still so shocking how I’m almost done with my first year as a freshman at UHCL. It is mind blowing. Nonetheless we can do it Hawks! We must have determination. The end is near! That is all for this week, Hawks. I hope you all had a great spring break and keep up the studying. Good luck Hawks!

-Eric

Baby, come back! You can blame it all on me!

I cannot believe how fast Spring break went. If only school weeks could go by just as fast. As I update my planner, I notice how fast these last weeks of school will go. Essays, discussions, assessments, and quizzes all due one after another and I have no choice but to get it done.

The Hawk Leadership Institute (HLI) has been a safety net for me. My success coaches: Julie Brenengen, Jayme Tiemann, Robin Aleman and Jennifer Clark have all encouraged and supported my peers and myself to do better in school and in life. Robin and Julie refer to us as their “babies,” and in a way it comforts me because it gives me room to make mistakes. It allows me remain a teenager in an adult world. Being in this organization has helped me grow as a person and as a leader of my community. Being alongside others who have the same mindset as me is such a relief. We all took a step in the right direction when we decided to apply for HLI and are all growing, together. As I grow, I become more adamant that I need to make a difference in this world and it is happening slowly but surely.

I had an interview with Sara Khalifa, coordinator for orientation and new student programs, to become an orientation leader for the next school year and I really hope I earned the position. I will find out on Monday, March 22 in the SSCB lobby. No pressure or anything, but I will be disappointed if I don’t get it. I love this university and I want the chance to get others just as excited as I was when I began my college career. If it’s meant to be then it will. Fingers crossed.

biancaDuring my break, I attended a Foster Orientation workshop at the League City Animal Shelter in hopes of fostering a dog until I could find it a home. I have been taking care of Leana for four days and I think I am falling in love. She is mixed with chihuahua, but I have never met one that was so calm. She is only a puppy, but knows she is supposed to urinate on the puppy pads. I was so impressed! That almost never happens. She loves to cuddle, but listens when you tell her she cannot sleep on the bed. She is pretty obedient and has no problem with sleeping inside of her kennel. She enjoys comfort so her future owner has to make sure she has a blanket in her kennel. Hopefully, I can find her a great home.

During the school year, I had been invited to the President’s Cabinets Breakfast and Dinner and recently I received an invitation to the 2015 Report to the Community Breakfast this Thursday, March 26. I am not as nervous as I once was. During the breakfast, I will have the opportunity to mingle with community leaders, donors, partners and university administration. 🙂

I find it absolutely amazing how much I have changed in the duration of one year. I did the bare minimum in high school and my achievement list has grown more in this time frame of being a freshman than in my entire life. The University of Houston – Clear Lake has given me so many opportunities to reach my goals of success and I am so grateful that I decided to become a hawk. The possibilities are endless.

-Bianca

Do we notice change in us right away?

Hey there, Hawks! This past week has been pretty chaotic. I’d like to start off by saying that having too much on your plate is not always a good thing. I have been receiving tons of work from all over school and with it being mid-term season, it ain’t pretty.

It all got jumbled up during mid-term season, and I have to balance everything out and prioritize. Deciding which paper to do first or what to study is always hard, but when you have deadlines and test the next day it is even more difficult. Some people are so talented that they can manage to do six essays in one day. Wow! I wish I could do that.

ericAs the semester goes on, I still find it astonishing that we are halfway done the second semester. It is almost going to be a year since I graduated from high school. When I see myself now and what I was a year ago, it is two different people. Change is a common thing that happens in people, but do we notice change in us right away? It has taken me about a year to notice that I have become a more productive, reliable, and involved student. High school was never really my thing. I went to school and returned home with no extracurricular activities to do. I look back and regret everyday of not making memories. That was one of the reasons why I was so fired up to get involved at UHCL. I see why other people that went to my high school were in so many clubs and sports and organizations because they made so many great memories. This made me a bit jealous, but I knew it was my fault for not joining.

That was the past and I had to look at the future, and that was exactly what I have done. Just seeing that small change has affected me to find other things that have made me a better person. These changes don’t just affect me during school hours, but outside of school as well. I have engaged more with my community and learned to communicate better with people. Communication is a skill I have learned to improve since last year. I wouldn’t talk to a stranger if my life depended on it, and now I do it with ease. Growth happens in all of us, and college makes sure of it.

That’s it for this week, Hawks. Hope you all have a great spring break! Good luck on midterms.

-Eric

Before Success comes Stress

Whew, what a productive week. Just two more weeks and spring break is here. You have no idea how excited I am to do absolutely nothing! It’s going to be so great. As we all know, midterms are coming up and I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I am mentally prepared to handle this again. I’m hesitant to visit the Counseling Services Center because I’m not one to talk about my feelings. But I know they will be willing to listen even if I’m just stressed out about school. I really need to make an appointment to use the biofeedback machine they have. My mind has been everywhere lately, and it’s starting to affect my school work.

Science classes have not been my strong suit since my freshman year of high school, and I get so frustrated when I don’t understand what is happening in astronomy. I received a 68 on my first exam, and it really brought down my confidence. Technically, I didn’t fail, but in my mind I did. I just have to study harder next time. I’m not sure if there is any tutoring for astronomy, but I really hope there is. It’s an interesting subject, I just need to put forth more effort and maybe form a study group.

biancaI’ve been so stressed lately, I haven’t put much effort into applying my makeup or wearing jeans. This past week, I stayed at school for more than five hours each day, and I would constantly have negative thoughts on my mind. This isn’t like me, and I really don’t like being a “negative Nancy.” I was totally overwhelmed, and I only had myself to blame. I decided to put my life into perspective and started counting off my blessings. I walked along the Nature Trail and zoned everything out. I set my phone on silent, listened to meditation music, sat down and started taking the deepest breaths I could. It will all be worth it in the long run, Bianca. I have a great support system at UHCL, and I know it’s up to me to ask for help. I should really make an appointment with our school’s chiropractor so I can relieve my body’s stress. Woo sahh.

Events happening @ UHCL:

  • Texas State Teacher’s Association Bake Sale on March 3 from 11 – 4 p.m. in the SSCB
  • From Wonder Woman to Ms. Thor: Feminism in Comic Books on March 3 at 3 p.m. in the Garden Room
  • My Life Sucks Workshop Series: Calming the Crisis on March 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Counseling Services Office 3.103
  • Campus Recreation: 3 vs. 3 Basketball session on March 5 at 2 p.m. at the Delta Basketball Courts. Must have UHCL ID to participate. Be sure to register online.
  • Day of Service on March 7. Time depends on the project you decide to participate in. You must register online!

-Bianca

Is This Semester Finished Yet?

Is this semester finished yet? I’m hoping Spring Break approaches rapidly. I feel so stressed, and I have to keep reminding myself it will all be worth it in the end. I didn’t have too much work this week, and that makes me nervous because I feel like I’m forgetting something. It’s almost too good to be true. Every day this past week I have questioned my college career. Why am I here? Why does college have to be so stressful? In high school, I did the bare minimum and still made the top 25% of my class. Now I’m lucky if I get the chance to hang out with my friends outside of school.

I’ve been working out more, so I can alleviate some of my stress. It feels great making my daily goals and I’m grateful that I had the motivation to work out four times this week. I may not be where I want to be in my weight loss journey, but I am a step closer each day. It’s great to take time out of my day and work on myself. It was so relieving attending a Time and Stress Management Workshop this past Friday to get some advice on how to maintain my sanity. The Counseling Service Center provides a great resource to go to when we are feeling out of character.

bianca1Family and friends are the main reason to live, and they push us to do better even when we fail to believe in ourselves. My boyfriend, Ibrahim Bouras-Saiah, has been a total lifesaver for me this school year. I honestly don’t know how I could keep it all together if he wasn’t here by my side. It’s so comforting to know that there are people in this world who love you and support you. I’ve cried a few times this semester because of all the homework I have been assigned, but none of that seems to matter when I’m with those who care about me. It’s important to take time out of your day to share moments with those who you call family. I’m not going through college to make tons of money, I am going through college to educate myself and give back to those who motivated me. I’ve promised those closest to me that I will take care of them when I am set in my life.

Events at UHCL:

  • Career Week: Resume Rally on Feb. 23 from 1– 4 p.m. in the Garden Room. Bring a printed copy of your resume and have actual employers critique them for you.
  • Table Tennis on Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Student Lounge
  • Black History Month: Afraid of the Dark on Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in the Garden Room
  • Selma movie premiere on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Hall

-Bianca