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Halloween Is Near!

Welcome back fellow Hawks I hope you all had an amazing fifth week of classes. We are entering week six of the semester which means, Thanksgiving will be here in no time. I know I’m skipping ahead of Halloween, but I’m ready to devour a turkey! Holiday season is underway, which means that for the next three months we must be prepared to see pictures of sexy Halloween costumes, dead turkeys and ugly Christmas sweaters. 

It seems like everyone this year is going crazy about Halloween! Not sure if I just missed everyone going bonkerIMG_1184s over the holiday last year, or if I was just living under a rock. This year most of my Facebook feed is, “Omg it’s finally October!” Which I don’t agree with because “OMG its finally creepy clown season!” Halloween isn’t that scary, but the one thing that I am scared of during Halloween is those pesky clowns. Ever since my mom made me participate in a clown game during a birthday party I have never seen clowns the same way. Man, I wish I wouldn’t have never gone to my own seventeenth birthday party. Now, I can never be in the same room as a clown. So if you ever want to see me panic just take me to a clown convention, I’m sure that’s a thing in the world we live in now, but just expect me to curl up into a ball and cry for my mom. Yes, even if I’m 21. 

Hurricane Harvey left my home flooded when it hit, which meant we had to do many repairs around the house. Luckily this past week I can proudly say my room is sort of restored considering sheetrock, doors, and carpet had to be removed. Now, all that’s left is to paint the walls!  

My weekly favorite this past week was a snack my dad picked up from the store. They’re known as fiber brownies. It’s the good old Great Value brand, because we have to stay on a budget. Those brownies are not only semi-heathy at only 90 calories per serving, but also packed with lots of fiber! I didn’t realize how good they’d be. Go out and get you some fiber brownies! I might be giving them out to trick or treaters since many Americans don’t consume enough fiber. 

Well that’s it for this week Hawks, I hope everyone enjoys their week! Have a great I Heart UHCL Week! 



Hold On To Your Horses

Hold on to your horses because the fall semester is officially in overdrive. This is around the time where the social lives of students start to plummet because classes start to become more than just taking syllabus quizzes. College is the equivalent of a horror movie that’s lasted a bit too long.  

Hurricane Harvey impacted Texas residents in various ways. It was a storm that put us through a variety of trials and, in the end, we were able to perceiver. When the weather channel started to talk about how impactful Harvey would be, I just thought



they were exaggerating. Heck, I even went to the gym the night before we were hit by the storm. That night at midnight, I realized this was a serious storm; the rain was pounding on my roof and there was an indoor pool in my house.  

UHCL has been handling the Harvey impact in the best possible way. UHCL has offered aid and programs to students who were impacted by the storm. Even the students have gotten involved and made donations. There are always going to be events that pop out from the sky such, and it’s nice to know that a campus such as UHCL makes the students safety a top priority. 

UHCL has had a variety of events these past two weeks such as the Welcome Back Bash, Student Organization Expo and movie screenings. Now I’ve been at UHCL for three years, so I know these events are chock-full of freebies! Nothing better to get the semester started off right than one or maybe 12 water bottles.  

I would also like to announce that my weekly favorites are coming back next week. A weekly favorite is any TV show, restaurant, food, snack, book, etc. that I believe deserves a spotlight and a chance to be experienced by other UHCL students. Keep a look out for that! 

Well that’s it for this week hawks, I hope you all have a great third week of classes. Next week I’ll be describing what senior classes are really like. 



A Chaotic First Week.

Hey Hawks!

 I hope you’re all safe from the chaos that was Hurricane Harvey. It’s certainly a strange way to start the school year. My heart truly goes out to everyone who’s lost anything through this storm

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– be it furniture, homes, or even their pets. However, it’s inspirational to see the community come together to help one another. Lately, I’ve been very proud to call myself a Houstonian.  

 School started a whole week late (as you all well know), so I didn’t know what to expect. It seemed as though we truly hit the ground running this time. There was no “syllabus week” this semester. It was definitely something my friends had warned me would happen, so I tried my best to prepare during my w

eek off.  Thankfully, there wasn’t any damage where I was, but I was pretty much just stuck indoors for a week. We still had power, so I basically spent that time either binge-watching “Game of Thrones”, printing syllabi, or sleeping for hours on end.  

 Coming back to school and having so many responsibilities all at once is definitely a shock to my system. I’m currently taking six classes (three lectures and three labs), a peer mentor for Learning Frameworks, a peer mentor for the Hawk Leadership Institute and the president of the Social Justice Organization. It might not sound like a lot, but it sure feels like it.  

 I’ve started this semester with a planner and hopefully I’ll finish with it too. I’ve never used a planner, so we’ll see how this will go.  Right now it’s already full of so many scribbles and due dates! Wish me luck. 


Until next time, Hawks! 

– Natalia  

Time For A Study Break

Welcome back to another week of school, Hawks! I hope everyone is surviving midterms. This past week was full of midterms, I Heart UHCL and field day!

This past week was the beginning of midterms for me. The long awaited nightmare was finally here. I had promised myself I would start days in advance to study for midterms, but as a master at procrastination I was unsuccessful. Quick college tip: try not to procrastinate on studying right before the exam. Cramming makes my brain hurt. Although I’m decent at cramming, it’s not always successful and won’t be a good habit for the future.

kickI had to ease my mind somehow this week, and man was I glad we had the recess and kickball event Oct. 13. During the recess we competed in games like egg toss, relay races, tug-of-war and soccer shootouts. I felt like I was back in my elementary class field day. It was probably one of my favorite events I have attended this semester. Blue Team won. Although I was on Green Team I still had a lot of fun. It wasn’t long after the recess ended that the Student vs Faculty Kickball started. I, of course, was expecting the students to win, mainly because we are younger. Man, was I wrong. UHCL professors are really fit. They can run, kick and catch. You might think they are robots.

UHCL had a lot going on this past week. I Heart UHCL Day was amazing sight to see. It was such a great way to take a break from midterm season. I volunteered for The Wingspan booth during the evening, and I was so glad to see so many students involved in the event. There were so many more great events, but sadly I was not able to attend all of them this year. There’s always next year!

Well, that’s it for this week. Hope you all survive midterm season. Study hard and don’t forget to take breaks in between or else you might fry up your brain.


Flashback to Freshman Year

We’re back at it again. Exams have finally started for me, and it’s going pretty well. I remember this time last year I was still getting used to college. I wasn’t doing so hot. The first time I got a failing grade on an exam, I thought I was going to fail the class. That failed exam actually helped me in the long run. We learn from our mistakes, and even now I use what I learned last year to my advantage.

Last year my study habits were not the best. If I compared my study notes from now to the ones I took a year ago, let’s just say I wouldn’t be drawing stick figures anymore. I never really knew how important note taking skills were until the professor started talking, and I realized my brain wasn’t trained for a marathon. Notes are like a gold mine full of useful information.

test graphicThis semester I’ve been focusing more on my classes, then worrying about my social life. Education should always come first! I am still involved in many things, one of which is Strictly Speaking, an international student porgram. I get to mentor international students, and this past Thursday, Sept. 24, we had a potluck. We each brought items from our cultures and feasted like kings. I loved seeing our cultures blend, and enjoying new foods that I’ve never had before.

I’ve also realized that I’ve become a decent test taker. I don’t get the butterflies in my stomach every time I take a test, anymore. I remember the first time in history class when I made a 50. I was thinking, “I had a bad day.” When I got the next exam back, I made a 55. I thought to myself, “I must be doing something wrong.” At the time, being a lazy young freshman, I would only study for about 10 minutes. I mean, I always thought 10 minutes before the exam was plenty of time. Now, I think differently. I study for 20 minutes before the exam! Just kidding! It takes time to prepare for an exam. It’s like training for a big race. All of my past experiences from tests, notes and getting involved have helped mold me into the Hawk I am today.

Well, that’s it for this week, Hawks. Remember, we learn from our mistakes! It’s ok to fail. Just remember to keep on trying until you succeed. Have a great week!


Volunteering is fun!

I don’t know about you, but this week sure has gone by quickly. In fact, this entire month has just flown by. That’s a good thing though, because as much as I love being in college, I can’t wait to move on to grad school. Speaking of grad school, I went to see my advisor this week to work things out with my degree plan. I ended up switching from a B.A. degree in biology to a B.S. in biology. Now I get to take physics and human anatomy! (Okay, so maybe it’s not the coolest thing in the world, but I’m excited!)

I also used my first of six drops. I know that isn’t something to brag about, but I’m relieved I got to drop Intro to Social Work. Don’t get me wrong, the class is interesting and interactive. It has awesome guest speakers and a laid back professor. I did have to write an essay each week (that was a hassle), but it wasn’t a big deal because I still got As. My real issue was that I needed 40 community service hours – and work with animals didn’t count! I’m normally all for volunteering, but in order to even be considered for veterinary school, I need over 500 hours actually interacting with animals. Having to deal with 40 hours of something that won’t contribute to my resume was just stressful. Plus, I need a psychology course as a pre-requisite for the veterinary science degree at Texas A&M (my grad school of choice), so I might as well take it at UHCL as my behavioral science class rather than social work. It turned out it all worked perfectly, and I don’t need to worry about getting 40 community hours by the end of November or an essay due each Monday.

attachmentIn other news, the blood drive was this week. I hope you got a chance to stop by and donate. It was refreshing to see so many people interested in saving lives. I, personally, couldn’t donate due to low iron levels, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t help out. If you saw a blue-haired girl walking around handing out blood drive flyers, that was me. I volunteered 6 hours at the blood drive, which gives me a total of 16 volunteer hours for this semester.

Speaking of volunteering, did you guys check out the charity event in Atrium I last Wednesday, Sept. 23? Truth be told, the main reason I went over there was because I saw a doggy. Turns out there were a ton of charity organizations looking for donations and volunteers. There were three animal rescue organizations, so I swept in and got some volunteer opportunities. Not to sound like a volunteer junkie, but I am ecstatic about it. In fact, this weekend I’m going to be volunteering at PetSmart taking care of kittens and walking doggies. Things just keep getting better and brighter. I can’t wait to see what next week brings!


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!