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Being a Hawk is the best thing I could have done right in life.

ericWell, turkey break is over and it’s time to go back to reality. Time to face our finals and start studying hardcore. That turkey break wasn’t enough for me mostly because I procrastinated the whole week. Just when I thought I had gotten better at avoiding procrastinating too. Even though I didn’t get any work done during the break, I did get to reunite with my family. Family that I have not seen in many years showed up on Thanksgiving Day. It was amazing to see how happy everyone was. I did not get a full week of vacation like I used to in high school, but I don’t really mind since the semester is almost over. I still cannot believe that in one week classes are done.

This will be my last blog for the semester, Hawks. It’s a sad day, USA. It’s pretty insane how fast time flies. I have noticed that as I grow older time starts to go by faster. I hate time. I wish I could savor each moment of my life longer. I feel as if the semester has just started and now it’s almost over. I can still remember being in fifth grade. That was one of the best years of my life because I got my first girlfriend. Well, if you count sharing fruit snacks and holding hands for two days. Sounds like kindergarten love. I don’t want to grow up anymore.

College is hard and it’s only going to get harder, which is why I have to strive for the best. Being a first generation college student is really hard, and unfortunately my family hardly shows support. They don’t know how big of a deal it is to be a college student. They showed support the first couple of days when I got accepted into college but other than that not much. I really do need encouragement to keep going. Family is what keeps us fueled. Other than that my semester at UHCL has been outstanding. All the new people I met and all the wonderful activities I enjoyed were wonderful. Being a Hawk is the best thing I could have done right in life. I will never forget all the experiences I am experiencing at UHCL. They are some of the best in my life. I’m kept busy all the time and that’s a good thing. It keeps me from watching TV shows on Netflix. Finals are around the corner and I should stop distracting myself from studying.

Well, that’s it for this week, Hawks. Hope you all are studying because finals are coming up and they really know how to throw a punch. So get your gloves ready to challenge finals. Study, study, study! And don’t forget to catch up on sleep!

-Eric

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A Week Full of Blessings

bianca 1 I’m still stuffed from all the turkey I ate. I was born in Brownsville, Texas and my immediate family resides there, so my mother and I took a trip there for the holidays. We left Wednesday morning and I was so relieved to take time off from school. I knew I should have completed a few assignments while I was on my trip to avoid procrastination, but I was enjoying doing absolutely nothing! It was great being around my family and out of the city. No traffic, lots of family gossip, endless food, and Black Friday! We had a bacon-wrapped turkey. Yes, a bacon-wrapped turkey! Mash potatoes with gravy, macaroni with cheese, roasted ham, macaroni salad, corn on the cob, pineapple upside down cake and pumpkin pie. My cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents all came together, held hands, and said grace. It was great feeling everyone’s energy and eating such delicious foods with the people I love the most. I hadn’t visited my hometown in two years so it was quite shocking seeing my younger cousin Katherine and Isaac taller than me. I guess I should not be that surprised since I am only five feet tall. As the week passed, I grew even more sedentary. When I arrived back in Houston Saturday morning, bianca 2I had no motivation to complete the homework I had assigned myself for the day. I shouldn’t have gone on such a long vacation because now I have to force myself into the way of things again. But on the other hand, I’m so happy this semester is coming to an end because I can do nothing all day. I will be able to relax my mind for a month, but I decided I will dedicate my time to volunteering. It’s the least I could do for my community and I am really looking forward to it. 🙂

I have one final exam this week and all I plan to do this week is study, study, and oh study some more. Looking forward to my final’s care package from the Hawk Leadership Institute. Wish you all luck on finals!

Upcoming events @ UHCL:

  • Toy Donations: Through Dec. 5, drop-offs in the Student Life Office is SSCB. New, unwrapped toys!
  • EqualiTea Meeting: Monday, Dec. 1, from 5-6 p.m., SSCB Room 1203. The Office of Intercultural Student Services hosts these meetings to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Anyone is invited!
  • Lighting of the UHCL Letters, Dec. 2, from 5-6 p.m.
  • Habitat Work Day: Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. Volunteer to transplant greenery, clear paths, and clean the pond area. Contact Environmental Institute Houston (EIH) Habitat Curriculum Specialist Shelia Brown at brownsm@uhcl.edu. I’ll definitely be there!

-Bianca

O-Leader Training

Welcome back fellow Hawks! This past week has been a rollercoaster for me. This stress has broken my scale. It is literally up to the moon and back. I know before I have said that I was stressed, but this is just on a whole other level. Knowing that I have to study for so many exams is torture. To make it even worse, most of these finals make up a huge chunk of my grade.

I was looking forward to Thanksgiving, but knowing that I will have to study brings me down. I’m still going to eat the turkey no doubt about that. Doing all this work during the week really makes me hungry. I started eating a lot of Cheetos and candy so that I don’t get bored whenever I do homework. My mom literally started throwing away my snacks. She didn’t care if they were opened or not. My mother never liked me eating junk food to begin with. This kind of was one of my lows for the week. I was craving the bag of Hot Cheetos Puffs and I had bought them, but to my surprise when I got home they mysteriously disappeared. I knew this was my mom’s dirty work. It may seem like she is being mean, but in reality she is only looking out for my health. Although, maybe she could at least leave one bag of chips in my room. I need to start hiding them better. My textbooks don’t do a very good job of hiding bags of chips. They’re almost done with me. As the semester ends, so will the relationship with my current textbooks. It is a bittersweet feeling.

ericThis past Saturday was our second orientation leader training. Seeing how much everyone has bonded is the best feeling to see. We did a variety of activities very different to our first training. I thought this one was actually more fun. We had many great guest speakers including President Staples and Paula Mendez.

Dr. Staples gave a great speech on his childhood and how growing up he was expected to go to college. As for Regent Mendez, she was quite the opposite. She discussed her childhood and how she was barely aiming to get her high school diploma. She’s the first generation to go to college and discussed the struggles she faced. Many of the audience could relate to her story, myself included. Being a first time student to go to college was difficult. Trying to get the answers is probably the hardest thing to do. Once I had all the answers, everything else just fit into place.

Well that is it for this week Hawks! Be sure to gobble up as much turkey as you can. I know I will eat all the turkey even if I have to study. Until next week. Stay warm!

-Eric

Freshman are making a change at UHCL, a good change.

The end is near, Hawks. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s the time of the year where everyone stuffs their bellies with turkey and other goodies. Family and friends gather together to be thankful for what they have.

This year, just like every other year, my mom makes Thanksgiving dinner. Her turkey recipe is delicious. I gobble up that turkey in seconds. As the semester comes to an end, so are the stressful nights and cramming the days before a test.

Orientation sessions are getting closer and that is what I’m waiting for. Being a Hawk Guide is the best thing ever even though it does come with a lot of responsibilities. I’m being eased into it, so the training really does help me. Everyone in the Orientation and New Student Programs is amazing. They’re all very friendly and helpful with helping know what I’m supposed to be doing.

This past week I went to a Bible study group and it was an amazing experience. They are trying to become an organization, and I think it’s a great idea. The people behind the idea are freshmen as well, which I personally think is great. Freshman are making a change at UHCL, but a good change.

They were so friendly and taught me a lot I didn’t know. For their Global Expo they’re doing a Christmas booth and will be handing out Santa cookies. It’s a cookie that has coconut for his beard; chocolate chips for eyes; glitter and a marshmallow for his hat. I would know all of that because I was one of the people who made them. All day Saturday we spent seven hours baking and decorating Santa cookies. It was a blast at first, but after a while it got tiring. We didn’t bake 100, or 200 cookies, but 300! It was insane. The apartment looked like a baking tornado had gone through. I got so tired my hands were about to fall off. It was worth it though. The cookies tasted like heaven. It was something I would like to cross out of my bucket list. I have no idea why I had that on my bucket list, but it’s on there.

eric1Another interesting thing that I learned this past week is that I was in the Galveston Daily newspaper. I was shocked at first; I felt famous. I hope all the Galveston residents loved my wonderful face. The story of the article was about the Welcome Back Bash. It was a bit of a flashback Friday for me. I miss all the past events such as Welcome Back Bash. I honestly want it to be there next year again, so I can repeat the cycle. This coming week is our second and final training for orientation in the spring. I know it will be a ton of fun. This is going to be a busy week, but I’ve gotten through college, well so far so let’s hope for the best. Have a great week! Hawks! Good luck with finals and have a happy thanks giving!

-Eric