Daniela Orozco, Co-Chair (Biology)
My favorite college experience is to watch myself and those around me grow. Having the opportunity to become a part of great organizations like NSM Student Leadership has allowed me to grow my self-confidence and push myself to do things that I find important and feel are making a difference. One of my favorite things to have been a part of was the creation of biweekly volleyball and to have students come up and tell me that they appreciated the event.
One of my favorite things to do to de-stress is to work out. After a tiring and stressful week of exams and homework, I look forward to Tuesday nights when I go to night club cardio at the rec. The class is very upbeat, and the instructor really helps you cut loose and focus on having a good time.
I love the school’s spirit and pride. I feel a majority of UH people are, or quickly become, very proud of the school. Everyone is very friendly and gives off very positive energy. On game day, everyone is very excited, even those who aren’t all that into football; we are all just proud Cougars. People are proud of the university and the city of Houston and that makes the environment amazing. You feel wanted at this university, and it’s easy to become a part of its growth.
Tara Thomason, Co-Chair (Honors Biomedical Sciences)
My favorite college experience so far was a medical mission trip to Honduras the summer after my freshman year. I met some of my best friends on that trip and had an eye-opening experience that reaffirmed my choice to pursue medicine as a career.
There are a lot more opportunities for involvement in college with all the extracurricular organizations on campus. Instead of joining more than you can handle, pick only two or three that you are passionate about and pour your heart into those. Quality is always better than quantity.
I love that UH is one of the most diverse universities in the United States. I have met a lot of people from different countries and cultures and have become more open-minded and understanding as a result of these interactions.
John Asamoah (Biology)
UH is a great school for Pre-Med students. There are so many opportunities, organizations, and research opportunities to take part in. The environment at UH is very supportive, and the staff go to great lengths to accommodate students.
My stress usually comes from an upcoming event like a test or a project that is due. If I feel stressed, I usually hang out with friends, eat or go to the gym. After that, I get home and make a plan to complete the task that caused my stress. It's hard to plan when you're stressed, so I deal with the stress first, then plan for the stressor second.
There are a lot of great places to eat around the area. Yes, I know you paid a lot of money for that meal plan, but it won't kill you to eat somewhere else for a change. Also, the Walking Dead has really lost its touch, so don't binge watch the older seasons to catch up.
True Furrh (Environmental Sciences)
I chose to major in environmental sciences because it's a combination of every physical science, with an emphasis on geoscience. Interdisciplinary studies and knowledge are important to get a well-rounded college experience, and my major will prepare me for graduate school no matter what path I choose.
My favorite way to de-stress is to cook at night. My freshman year I baked midnight honey cornbread at least once a week. It's a great way to de-stress, but also it's an excuse to get together with friends or strangers and eat.
My favorite thing about UH is the opportunities that faculty, staff, and more senior students are willing to show you. Professors are more than happy to discuss research, fellowships, and anything else if you're willing to approach them. This is also true for the Office of Undergraduate Research and a multitude of other offices on campus. People here genuinely want to see you succeed, and it's great to be able to feel that.
Ivie Rocha (Biology)
I decided to become a biology major because of how inclusive it is of all the other sciences. Also, as a pre-med student, I knew it would help prepare me for medical school. I recognized that biology alone would not be sufficient, so I decided to minor in Medicine and Society. With this minor, I've learned so much about the humanity aspect of medicine and how it is just as important as the science of medicine.
Don't be afraid to try new things and meet new people! Go introduce yourself, sit next to someone new! Being a student at UH is an amazing experience because of how diverse it is. You get to learn something new every day, from both your professors and your peers!
My favorite thing about Houston is that it's home. I was born and raised here. When the time came to pick a college, there was only one obvious answer: the University of Houston.
Fei Ye (Biology)
Well, you see, I can be a very indecisive person sometimes. In the span of a year, I was a biology major, a chemistry major, and then a physics major. Because I just couldn't settle for one, I became a biochemical and biophysical sciences major. With this pathway, I can pursue all of my interests at once!
Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and try new things! As a freshman, I was very reserved, and I didn't feel comfortable enough with my new environment to pursue any of my interests. Now, I feel like a year of opportunities has passed me by, and I didn't do enough to take advantage of it. If I could restart my freshman year and seize every opportunity I got, I definitely would.
Academics in college can be very rigorous and frustrating sometimes, so de-stressing is a great way to keep your mental health intact. Whenever I need a break from schoolwork, I listen to music and take walks around campus. Hanging out with friends and watching your favorite shows are also good activities to keep your stress levels low while maximizing the amount of fun you have.