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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