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Whoa, that’s a ton of rice, literally!

I feel like I am dragging my feet across the finish line, but only to find out I made it through the midway mark. There are still nine more weeks of school including this week, and you all have no idea how much I deserve this spring break or how much any of us college students deserve this break for that matter.

College isn’t just about learning. It’s about pushing your brain past the limit. It’s a competition for students everywhere. Who can learn the most and apply it to the real world? Who can obtain a college degree within four years? Who can maintain a high GPA without being mentally exhausted? I believe every teacher thinks we only have one priority and that is his or her class. There are so many deadlines and unanswered questions. How does everyone around me look so calm? Am I the only one getting overwhelmed here? I don’t like to procrastinate, but lately I have been because I don’t want to work. I wish I could go one day without doing homework, but this is college. Only the tough survive.

This past week I had an interview for an orientation leader position for next school year, and I feel pretty confident that I earned the position. So fingers crossed. I know I would be a great addition to the team.

biancaOne of the reasons I love UHCL is because there are many servant leaders. This past Saturday was UHCL’s Day of Service. Different student organizations volunteer at various places to give back to the community and learn something valuable in the process: selflessness. My peers from the Hawk Leadership Institute and I volunteered at the Galveston Country Food Bank and I had such a great time.

All we had to do was package 2,000 pounds of uncooked rice, but it was a critical task for the food bank. Jeff Gordon, business operations manager, was thankful for our time and let us know that the packaged rice was going to be distributed to those in hunger. It was just a simple task, but it couldn’t have been done quickly and efficiently without us volunteering our time.

I was having a great time working with my peers, and I believe it brought us closer together. When I first looked at the ton of rice, I was thinking if it was even possible to get it packaged in four hours. We broke up into teams and started an assembly line. We had people pouring the rice into smaller containers, people scooping up the rice and pouring into plastic bags while someone else was holding that bag, they then zipped it and passed it along to place the finished containers in recycled boxes for distribution. We were on a roll, and we all enjoyed seeing the ton of rice getting smaller and smaller.

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Each box contained 40lbs of uncooked rice

It really helped put things in perspective for us. I’m so grateful I am fortunate enough to have three meals a day. I may not be able to donate money, but I can always volunteer my time. What is life if you aren’t giving back?

-Bianca

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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

What is life?

bianca 1Coming up on the eighth week of school. Halfway done. I’ve been working really hard in all my classes. Studying is an everyday thing for me. It comes effortlessly to me, because I know it will all be worth it in the end. I’m constantly taking deep breaths and prioritizing my assignments. I had a psychology exam last Thursday, and my friends wanted to hang out with me the day before. I knew I had to study, but I ended up hanging with my friends anyway. The next morning I woke up at 5:30 a.m., dragged myself to school, and began working on my review. Dunkin’ Donuts coffee has been my life! Honestly, I don’t think I passed with flying colors, but I know I passed. I keep checking Blackboard in hopes of seeing my grade. Wish me luck!

bianca 2Should I volunteer for children, the elderly, animals, or the environment? Well, I took a step forward by requesting to volunteer at several different locations. The world is so big. I ask myself everyday, “What do you want to be remembered for?” I don’t want to just live. I want to spread positive energy. Some people are positive by nature, but those who aren’t feel victimized in their lives. I want to reach out to those people and let them know our futures are created— not predicted. I love to feel my place on earth. Really grasp the fact that I am a physical being on this planet and embracing the fact I am a spiritual being all at the same time. It makes me feel so small, but I know I am connected to the universe by unseen energy. Everyone needs faith in their life to keep pushing forward and accomplish things we never thought we could. My spirituality influences me in every way, every day.

In my WRIT 1301 class, I am the forum moderator for the week and I brought up the point that our education system and media has impacted our knowledge for other countries. I don’t believe all Americans are ignorant, but I’ve seen firsthand that a lot of us are. Personally, I can say I don’t know much about other countries’ cultures. Does that make me ignorant? Yes, but I realized that America has shaped my way of thinking. One issue that has come up more than once in the last couple of weeks is our education system, specifically the Texas Education system. Americans and international students have realized that our history textbooks are extremely biased and steps are being put into place to better our education system. On a radio discussion of NPR (20 min. in), Houston Matters and associate professor Raul Ramos commented on the bias in our social study textbooks. All we learned is what we know. At times, information is often exaggerated or details are being left out, which leaves us oblivious to the bigger picture. This is disabling us to gain different perspectives. The more people know about the world, the better they can prevent previous mistakes and change the world.

Good luck on your midterm’s freshmen!

-Bianca