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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!

-Eric

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X marks the spot

The finish line is almost near, Hawks. Don’t give up! I’m trying really hard not to procrastinate. Procrastination is my worst enemy! It knows how to tempt me.

I found that when I take breaks, I tend to procrastinate less. College has so many secrets; it’s like a treasure map. To be successful I have to get to the X. Speaking of pirate terms, I Heart UHCL day was this past Wednesday. There was this pirate booth with a treasure chest. To win I had to stick my hand in this type of wet great sand and pull out an eraser. Ironically, the prize I won was an eraser, a donut eraser to be exact. Donut erasers weren’t the only treats at the UHCL Fair. There was a lot of candy and cupcakes. I got a stomachache, and I hardly get those. My tummy hurt, and I hated it because I couldn’t fit any more food in my body. I wish I were born with two stomachs.

eric1There wasn’t just food at the fair. There were tons of activities like the #signalselfiescavengerhunt. Man, that was so much fun. Freshman Nelly Tanori and I had to go around campus and find the spots on the list. At every location, we had to take a selfie and then upload it to Instagram or Twitter. We really wanted those shirts.

The hardest location to find was “Hope on campus.” We literally went around campus three times. Hope bench is really hidden. We went around asking everyone on campus if they knew where the Hope bench was located. Every one we asked said they had no idea. It wasn’t until we chased a squirrel that we found the bench. No lie. It’s like the squirrel knew what we wanted to find.

Before I had a chance to explore the booths, I had to go help out at the Hawk Futbol Club. The booth consisted of two activities. The participant could either choose to kick the ball into a mini soccer goal, or knock down cans with a soccer ball. Many people didn’t know about the club. I feel as if this got the word out a bit more. UHCL had so many more activities going on such as recess and breakfast for dinner. I was going to go play in the kickball game, but I couldn’t because I didn’t have shorts on.

The semester is getting closer and closer to being over. It’s crazy. Soon it’ll be finals, and I bet that’s going to mean hardcore studying for me. Little by little I’m getting the skills to do well in classes. Hopefully by next semester I won’t freak out as much because I’ll know what’s going on. This past week I also had my orientation leader interview. I gave it my best shot, so hopefully it’s enough. All I can do now is wait. I hate waiting. By Wednesday the Student Life will tell me if I made the cut. Let me know how you guys experienced I Heart UHCL week in the comments below. Until next week!

-Eric

The puny boxer vs. Mike Tyson

Welcome back fellow Hawks. I hope everyone had an amazing week. Other than the fact that we started taking tests this week, it was pretty good to me.

stressI probably failed a lot of my quizzes/tests. I feel ashamed of myself; I want to drop out now (not really). Nobody said college was going to be easy. I just need to start getting used to the format of the quizzes and tests.

I was pretty bummed when I got back my first history quiz, and I had a 5/10. I wanted to cry, but men don’t cry, they sweat from their eyes. That’s not good at all. Hopefully I wasn’t alone in this experience. But I now know that I need to study harder if I want to succeed in that class. Many of us probably didn’t study enough, and I didn’t read all the chapters we were supposed to read.

In high school, I wouldn’t read and still make a 100 on the test. It’s not that I’m not capable of doing well; I’m just a lazy bum that needs to stop procrastinating. But its ok, it was barely the first one. It’s not like I failed the class because of one bad quiz grade.

That being said, I don’t really think I’m going to start the tennis club. I really have to devote my attention to school first, especially after seeing the disaster that I made on it. I swear, I’m stressed so much I just want to go to my room and shut myself from life. I feel the gray hairs coming in. I really want to start the club, but education is first.

Maybe next year, after I settle in with learning how to study and passing my classes, I will start the club. The transition is much harder than I expected it to be. There was not too much going on at school this week; I guess its serious time now that the classes are starting to get tougher. I feel like a puny boxer and college is like Mike Tyson. I can already feel myself without ears. I’m going to try to make it all the way to round 12.

youtube-logo-transparent-iconTechnology plays a big role in my procrastination. YouTube and I are in a love-hate relationship. I constantly have to keep reminding myself to move away from the computer screen because it always draws my attention. I’m just waiting for Halloween. I’m ready to go trick-or-treating.

Speaking of Halloween I heard that University of Houston Clear-Lake doesn’t like a type of event that has to do with Halloween, not sure if this is true, but it would be really awesome if they did. That way I could get more candy. I’ve had four roots canals, so I probably should stay away from the candy. I have a really bad sweet tooth. I should say teeth.

The orientation leaders warned me about procrastination and technology. I never got the chance to talk about Orientation. When I went to orientation, I was kind of nervous. I did bring my mom. They did a really good job of making us feel like we were at our new school. I loved all the icebreakers my group played. It was long, but fun. A little too much talking for me. I did get a little bored with the speeches, not going to lie, but at least there was food at every corner. I got to register for my classes that day, and I’m proud to say that being part of the first freshman class ever at UHCL still shocks me.

That’s it for this week Hawks. Back to the books for me.

-Eric