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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

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From pumpkin patches to dancing Bollywood style

Welcome back fellow Hawks. This past week has been one of the most fun weeks I’ve had at the University of Houston Clear-Lake. Two main events this past week were the orientation leader training session and the Diwali festival.

I’m going to start off with the orientation leader training session. I met more great people. A lot of the exercises they did I had done before in past events hosted by organizations like SLICE. Even though I knew how to do the exercises, it was still fun doing them with different Hawks. I did get the great opportunity to become a Hawk Guide. I was ecstatic when I received the news. I know it will be a lot of work, but I’m willing to give it my all. I want to be the best Hawk Guide I can become. We also did skits, and those were hilarious. I’m excited for the next training session already. The incoming students are going to love UHCL.

ericThis week there was also the pumpkin pictures. Pumpkins are what make fall so festive. During the pictures, I just wanted to hug the pumpkin and take it home. I’ve been dying to carve a pumpkin for so many years. Pumpkins aren’t only good for carving, but also for eating. I don’t mean raw pumpkin. I mean pumpkin pie. I know Thanksgiving is still a little ways away, but I go to Wal-Mart every two weeks to buy pumpkin pie. Nothing is as good as home made pumpkin pie.

I’m also craving Indian food that they gave out at Diwali. Funny story is that we (Helen Ngyuen, Nelly Tanori and I) weren’t even planning on going to Diwali (an Indian light festival). We were actually planning on going to a haunted house, but plans changed. We weren’t dressed for the event properly, which made us freak out. Wearing casual clothes to Diwali is kind of embarrassing. We decided to go spend the money we would’ve spent at the haunted house on an outfit. Good call because I was looking as good as an Abercrombie model. I’m so glad we went there instead. I haven’t had that much fun in years. I never dance, and yet I was busting my moves out on the dance floor. I didn’t know how to dance, but I tried following the other Hawks that knew how. I’m pretty sure half the time I was doing girl moves, but I didn’t care it was a blast. All that dancing was my exercise for the month. Man, am I athletic or what? I’m for sure going to Diwali next year. This past week I took pictures with pumpkins, went to my first orientation leader training, and learned how to dance Indian style. I couldn’t have asked for a better week.

-Eric