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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!

-Natalia

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In Full Effect

Bye, bye week three. The semester is in full effect, and I am trying to remain as relaxed as possible. The highlight of my week was when two of my professors canceled class last week. It wasn’t a good thing they became ill, but it allowed me to get back on my feet and catch up on schoolwork. So, for that I was grateful!

Week three was quite exciting, and I continue to crawl out of my shell. I began my new job in the Office of Student Publications for UHCL’s The Signal as a Social Media Manager! I was nervous at first, but I know this opportunity will benefit me in the long run since I am a communication major. I am trying to remain as involved as possible and keeping up with UHCL’s events. Be sure to follow me on twitter @UHCLBlogger to see what’s going on around campus.

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I wish all my peers would want to volunteer as much as I do, but I’m glad I have peers in the Hawk Leadership Institute that want to make a difference. It’s great giving back to the environment, but it is even better doing it with those who share the same vision as you do. I’m looking forward to completing more hours of service with HLI.

(Photo Credit: Stephanie Settlemire.)

(Volunteering for the Environmental Institute of Houston with Helen Nguyen, Julie Brenengen and Madison Stults)

I’ve been stuck in a dilemma. I’ve been trying to live a more active life style by eating right and moving more. This past week I have begun meal prepping in hopes of staying on track, and luckily it has worked well. I fell off track a few times, but I acknowledged my accomplishments instead of my mishaps. I will keep you all posted on my weight loss journey, and I have another blog series coming up on UHCL’s The Signal called Freshman-Twenty Five. It’s time to get serious!

Events coming up @ UHCL:

  • Farmer’s Market from 10 – 6 p.m. on Feb. 9
  • Black History Month Kickoff event starting at 11 a.m. in Atrium I on Feb. 10
  • True Blue 4 You from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. & 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Student Life Office on Feb. 11
  • BINGO at 1 p.m. in SSCB Lecture Hall on Feb. 11
  • Handel’s Water Music at 8 p.m. in the Bayou Theater on Feb. 12- At the Door: $15 General Admission and $10 with UHCL ID. Try buying pre-sale tickets!
  • School House of Rock from 7 – 11 p.m. in the Bayou Building on Feb. 13
  • Princess Kaguya at 3 or 6 p.m. in the SSCB Lecture Hall on Feb. 14 – $4 or free to families with UHCL ID
  • Chinese New Year from 7:00-9:30 p.m. in the Bayou Theatre on Feb. 14- Call Xiaoman Zhang, Web Developer @ 281-283-2943 for tickets! $5-7 tickets.
    -Bianca