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Now Watch Me Whip!

Hey there fellow Hawks! Hope everyone had a great third week of classes. Yes, you heard me right. Its been three full weeks already. Somehow, it doesn’t feel that way. I’m either stressing out or having fun. (Fun is what takes my mind of the time!) This past week I went to two amazing events. One was the Strictly Speaking program and the other the School House Rock Dance.

Strictly Speaking is a program held by ISS and is led by Nhee Vang. I was paired up with an international student who wanted to know more about American culture and casual American conversation starters. (I was signed up during the Student Organization Expo. Emphasis on the “was signed up”. My friend told me, “Hey, sign here!” and I did. Turns out I signed up to be apart of Strictly Speaking. I’m glad I signed that form, though!) Sept. 8, I met the students I will be mentoring at a special event. There was food and drinks, along with some amazing people. The conversation with my assigned student, Ameye, was the usual get-to-know-each-other. He asked me so many questions, such as: “What is Thanksgiving?” or “What is Trick-or-Treating?” Since he has never had pumpkin pie, I am determined to feed him a slice! Ameye and I hit off to a great start.

12004674_946664885407581_2007255492524067097_nAside from Strictly Speaking, there was also a school dance this week. This was my third time attending the School House Rock Dance. Every time I go, it seems like there’s more and more people! We did all kinds of dancing, from the whip/nae-nae to dancing bachata, all the way down to some Indian hits. The School House Rock Dance was a blast! I was a bit nervous to dance at first, but I honestly stopped caring after my first few moves on the dance floor. Not only was there a dance floor, but they also had games such as ‘Hunt for Hunter the Papier-Mâché Bird’, hot potato and limbo! I’ve got to say, my back is still a bit sore.

That’s all for this week Hawks! We’re about to start our fourth week of school. Let me know how everything is going. Midterm season is right around the corner; be sure to be prepared! As always, have a great week!

-Eric

Two Weeks In, Way-Too-Many-To-Count To Go!

Nothing says “welcome back” like a school-wide social with upbeat music, games, and (you guessed it!) free food. The Welcome Back Bash was, honestly, a lot more fun than I expected. After experiencing a handful of boring, unorganized and just plain sad welcome back pep rallies in high school, the success of the Welcome Back Bash really came as a surprise to me. It was a fantastic way to start the semester and to get to know a lot of new people. Everyone I’ve met at UHCL so far has been so friendly. (I wonder if it’s a Southern thing?)

Speaking of meeting new people, another great way to socialize (while at the same time adding things to your résumé) is joining student organizations. One of my new semester resolutions is to become more involved in extracurricular activities, so the Student Organization Expo could not have come at a better time. Astronomy Club, Student Social Work Organization, Music Club, Psychology Club, Unity Club – just to name a few I’m incredibly interested in – make me sure that this is going to be a super busy, super fun and super fulfilling semester.

Of course, it can’t all just be free hamburgers and talking about aliens. (Apparently that’s what they do in the Astronomy Club while they’re out stargazing. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?) Schoolwork has to remain my main focus. I suppose I’m doing an all right job; considering I spend most of my free time on campus in the library. (Call me a nerd. It’s fine. I accept the title.) I have to do math problems upon math problems, essay-writing, and read endless chapters of things I half understand. Fun, right? Well actually, yes. All of my professors have been entertaining enough to keep me awake, and the assignments haven’t been all that hard so far. My main goal here is to master time management. Luckily, I’ve already signed up for the upcoming SLICE workshop to help me out. Exciting stuff.

Okay, so maybe these aren’t incredibly interesting things to share, but the school year has just started. I’ll leave you guys with a few things I’ve discovered these past few weeks:

  • The chicken tenders at the Patio Café are on point.chicken tenders
  • It’s unbelievably hard to find a power outlet near a bench/chair/table.
  • It’s so fast and easy to get your student ID (so if you haven’t yet, you should!)
  • Printing is free at the computer labs (with your student ID)
  • The bookstore totally knows what’s up. The day I forgot my earphones at home, they had my back.
  • Having blue hair makes you really recognizable, which is something I like but am still getting used to.

See you next week with more updates, fellow Hawks!

-Natalia