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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!



My Freshman Year: A Year of Self-Discovery

On my first day of my freshman year, I cried while I was walking to my first class. I wasn’t crying because I was scared, but because I was a first generation college student and I felt very proud. I didn’t know what to expect, but I remained optimistic. Next school year, I am going to be a sophomore. I am going to be taking a whole new course load that will challenge my brain even further. I heard it only gets harder. I hope it gets easier. Only time will tell. Oh gosh I hope it gets easier.

Joining the Hawk Leadership Institute was one of the best decisions I have ever made. My success coaches Robin Aleman, Julie Brenengen, Jennifer Clark, and Jayme Tiemann are all very influential women in my life. Our relationships will only grow over the years and I am grateful to know that I have them for a support system. In college, I have to be responsible and get all my work done on time, but when I was with my success coaches and my HLI peers I was able to relax and feel like less of an adult. They referred to us as their “babies,” and it soothed me since it made me feel like it was okay to make mistakes and the pressure was off. Through this program I was able to find myself. I learned that leadership isn’t about how many followers you have, it is about how many leaders you create. Leadership is about making a difference and giving back to your community. I plan to remain in the Hawk Leadership Institute and now it is time to invite others into our organization. I can be a mentor to the incoming freshman because I have already gone through the stresses of personal and school life.

After having been inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success, I have decided to run for council and landed the Secretary position. From what I have heard, it isn’t an easy position and requires a lot of effort, but I know I can handle it. I can already see it now, secretary this year, vice president my junior year and president for my senior year.

This year was not a walk in the park. I have had a few breakdowns due to all the academic stress, but I somehow managed to get through it. My most informative classes were Learning Frameworks, Comp I and II, and my Speech classes. Not only were these classes informative, but the women who taught them inspired me in some way. In high school, I never had a favorite teacher. In college, Dr. Wanalee Romero, Dr. Lorie Jacobs, and Dr. Diana Bowen are by far my favorite professors. I can say these women have taught me something new about academics and about myself. Dr. Wanalee Romero showed me how to think critically, and now I question everything, even myself which has allowed me to improve. Dr. Lorie Jacobs has called me a great writer numerous times and that has helped me gain confidence as a writer. Dr. Bowen taught me about the different aspects of public speaking and believes I am a good public speaker. I know I am a good public speaker and each time I speak in public it gets a bit easier. I can sense the sincerity from all of these women, they love what they do which made me love learning. Thank you all.

I would like to say I am looking forward to a long summer break, but I decided to take three summer classes. I would rather work hard now than later. This blog is the last blog of my freshman year. Blogging has allowed me to self-reflect and come to a deeper understanding about the world and within myself.

All in all, this year has been an amazing one. I have experienced so much and still have so much more to witness. I love the University of Houston – Clear Lake. I hope everyone reading this has a great summer. Till next time folks!


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!