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Everything Will Be Just Fine, Don’t Give Up

Three weeks of school: complete. I’m finally starting to settle down. I’m remaining positive and grateful and things are slowly but surely falling into place. My planner has been a huge help. Every college student should think about investing in one. All my classes are going well, and I’ve learned one thing so far: I don’t have time to be tired. My mindset is unstoppable and I’m going to do everything that needs to be done when it’s time to be done. It’s been kind of difficult maintaining personal relationships with my old gang of friends, but we are all being patient. Once we are older and successful, we can just hang out and soak up each other’s awesomeness.

Everyone wants to be successful, but no one wants to put in the work. There’s one thing separating the successful from the unsuccessful, mindset. I don’t think we’ve truly recognized how powerful our brains are. To sit back and just take in everything is a miracle. The fact we are human and are so advanced than any other species on Earth is incredible. I like to view myself from a bird’s eye view. We are so small in this universe, it should make us think, “Do our problems really matter?” There’s so much out there. Let’s take advantage!

I’ve found it very helpful to study while listening to meditation music. I can focus much better. Just type in “Study Music” on YouTube and watch yourself get all of your work done. I also bought a desk from Walmart so I can have my own study setting at home. Don’t just do your work, learn from your work. I’ve done a few assignments so far and thought “What’s the point of this?”, but when I really look at it from the bigger picture I end up learning skills from the assignment and come to realizations within myself.

Tips for a fulfilling life

  • Keep a journal full of blessings

How grateful are you for the things you have? Even if you don’t have the best of the best, realize there’s always blessings surrounding you. Write down at least 10 blessings a day, whether on paper, a computer, your cell phone. If you don’t have time, find a quiet place and say

“I am truly grateful for (whatever/whoever your grateful for), because (why you are grateful). Thank you, thank you, and thank you.”

  • Your emotions are the fuel to your desires

When you say the magic words “Thank you”, don’t just say the words, feel those words. Really put your energy into the words. You might find yourself smiling or even wanting to tear up, because you come to the realization of how grateful you really are.

  • Always say “Thank You”

Say the magic words as much as you can for any reason. To your family and friends or the waitress that serves your food. People love to feel appreciated. Share the love as much as you can. Makes someone’s day.

  • Focus on what really matters

Sure, things can go wrong in your day to day life, but you know those bad moments are only temporary. It doesn’t matter what happens to you, it’s your response to it that impacts you. I’m here to tell you, you are the creator of your world.

This is my way of life. I’m so grateful for all the amazing opportunities that have arisen. I know that I will obtain every single thing I desire, because my heart and mind are in the right place. Thank you, thank you, and thank you.

biancaI was really grateful for the community service fair because it was an amazing opportunity to figure out what difference I want to make in the world. I took at least 20 flyers ranging from the Houston

Humane Society to the Houston Food Bank. This is why I love my school. It’s hard not to get involved. They make it too easy! Such a great community to be a part of. We all want to make a difference. Our energy combined together will make this university unstoppable. I’m leaning towards the Houston Humane Society, but I will try everything at least once. Still trying to figure out what my niche is in this world.

-Bianca

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

My First Day of College

I know this may sound funny, but when I was walking into the Bayou Building the first day I felt myself trying to hold back a tear. Not because I was scared or because I’m an emotional person, but because I realized today is the first day to the rest of my life.

My whole summer I was talking about how I can’t wait to be successful, but August 25 was the day where it was time to put all those words into action. Now or never I kept telling myself. “Are you ready to make this world your game? There aren’t second chances. It’s time to get it!” I had no problem finding my classes, because I made sure I knew where they all were the week prior.

When I walked in to my first Learning Frameworks class at 8 a.m, Robin Aleman greeted me, the most energetic and positive person I’ve met so far at UHCL. I never expect people to remember my name, but she knew who I was and that made me feel grateful, because I knew exactly who she was. I’m not exactly sure of all the names of the four individuals that came in the class that morning to greet us, but I do remember Dr. Darlene Biggers. They began to express how excited they were to have us freshman on campus and emphasized the fact we were the first freshman class taking the first class of the year. It made me smile that they took time out of their days to tell us hello. They didn’t have to do that, but they did. I was grateful for that.

Hawk Leadership Institute

During orientation in June I heard of an amazing opportunity to join HLI and commit to at least a year of Leadership Exploration. I applied and was interviewed by Jeremy Mejia and two weeks later I was glad to know I had been abiancaccepted into the program. There are 17 freshmen in this group and we all have the same goal. The goal to be successful leaders and let our voice be heard. With this program we will find out our leadership styles and our success coaches will help mold us into the true leaders we are. I am so excited to be a part of this program. On Saturday, August 30, I attended the HLI Leadership Retreat and it was very informative. We discussed which traits we believe a true leader has and put our imagination to work when we looked into our future and wrote down what kind of leaders we will be and the risks that come along with it. My favorite part of the day was when we had to write our top three values on note cards, list why those were our values, then shared our values with the whole group. My top three values were Empathy, Growth, and Spirituality.

College Tips to Success

  • Find a study environment.

Coffee shops, libraries, or outside by the beautiful nature that surrounds our campus. Find which environment is most suitable. The amount of time you put in class is the amount of time you should put in outside of class, this is sad but TRUE!

  • Use Your Resources!

In case you didn’t know we have a Writing Center….

http://www.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/WC

And a Math Center….

http://prtl.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/MAT/Home ,

Utilize your resources. We all pay for them in our tuition fees!

  • NETWORK! NETWORK! NETWORK!
    College is the time to interact and step out of your comfort zone. Build friendships with peers, professors, and staff. Sometimes it’s not about what you know, but about WHO you know.
  • Prioritize

List what needs to be done and get it done. Then list what assignments you can hold off for another day, but be sure to complete them in a timely manner.

–Bianca