Every semester SDSU HBSA hosts its SD Weekender, in which all the schools under the United Latino Students (ULS) participate. We get together and get to know one another on a more personal level.
The San Diego Weekender was an absolute hit! Eleven schools from Fresno and UC Santa Barbara to CSU Fullerton and UC Riverside came down to our lovely city of San Diego to engage in social networking with everyone a part of the United Latino Students (ULS). We thank those that housed people from different schools to show the hospitality and family orientated mindset HBSA revolves around. Everyone had a great time between going to the house social, to community service and the barbecue, the club social, and some even going across the border to Tijuana, Mexico! Many students and alumni got to socialize with several students from other schools and several said that after this SD Weekender they could not wait until the next ULS event they could participate in to see everyone again. On behalf of the executive board from the SDSU HBSA, we would like to thank everyone for attending the SD Weekender and we can’t wait till the next weekender in Fresno!
This week we decided to take a different approach to general meetings, we did the True Colors workshop. This is what one of our members and board members thought.
When I think of the color red, the first thing that comes to my mind is a rose. When I think of the color yellow, I think about the sun. Colors can stand for a lot, but HBSA takes on an entirely different approach. During the general meeting, we participated in an activity that determined our “True Colors”. There were people who identified with different colors such as orange, gold, green or blue. I identified with the color orange, which meant that I am outspoken, and outgoing. I was surprised to see that there was an equal amount of people within each color group, each color described a different personality which goes to show that what makes HBSA so unique and successful is the diversity that our organization entails. None of us have the same personality, but that is what makes us such a great team.
So there is a method to the madness, filling out a short form you must identify what you personally feel more connected with, completing the page you score your answer and get your results based off that.
So this is how it was organized: Greens were logical and thinkers, Oranges were fun and adventurous, Golds are considered organized and get things done, and Blues are sensitive and passionate people. Apparently HBSA has a bunch of Oranges and Golds! Whoooohoooo! Which means…drumroll please…that we are the type people that get things done and LOVE to have fun. Go HBSA! I can’t wait to use this information to learn more about how people work. True colors was a fantastic workshop!
Elements of an Elevator Speech
1. What’s unique about you
2. Be smooth
3. Short and sweet
4. Action verb—what do you do
5. Stand behind it
6. Be confident—give attitude
9. Leave them wanting more
10. Need more than one elevator speech
Give them a quick overview:
Who am I? What do I offer? What problem is solved? How can I contribute?
Why join HBSA? Everyone comes from different background, some of us even from different states but in the end we are all here at SDSU. Something along the way made us choose to investigate HBSA in order to find out more about it. For some it was the flyers around school that triggered our interest, for others it was the free food that caught our attention, like Chipotle. But in the long run we continue to stay here and find out the meaning of why we choose to remain. There is no simple explanation or reason as to why people join HBSA,, in the end however, it all comes down to being a family away from home, a place where we can be ourselves and get to know people that are just like us, going through the same struggles of being a college student. In the long run being a part of HBSA helps you to realize that there are countless options open for you no matter what career path you choose. As well as opening the door to many different opportunities from volunteering to giving you tips on how to land your dream job.
For me joining HBSA was about finding a home away from home, a place where I can call home. A place where people are willing and able to help you and where you do not have to be afraid to ask for help. Not only that but the more I went to HBSA and took part in its events I realized how much it has to offer its like a big sister that opens the doors for you, and now being a senior at SDSU I decided to give back, and be an officer of the High School Conference, because HBSA is all about giving back.
High School Conference Coordinator
Well this is the first blog and I hope to do a somewhat decent job. So it’s been a couple of weeks since school has started and we are off to good beginnings! We just had our first social about a week ago and it was a huge success! Hoping the next one will be just a amazing as the first one.
Anyway so at some point in the semester we will have each board member write a quick blurb just letting us know what is going on in their part of the HBSA sphere. Here’s to a great semester!
VP of Social Media
On yesterday’s meeting, there was a Time Management Workshop presented by Meghan McGuire from Northwestern Mutual. She gave us a couple of tips to manage our time better. Some of those were: to avoid hitting the “snooze” button on your alarm, do something which she called “focus work time” which meant to dedicate about 15-20 minutes of study time or reading increments and then do whatever else you want to, and to “rise early” or wake up early and get important activities done first.
She asked a few questions to the HBSA members after her presentation and gave some cool sunglasses to the people that answered correctly. In the end, she gave some HBSA members information about her company’s internship opportunities.
Below is a picture of Marco and Ms McGuire.
Author: Fernando Hernandez
Ready for the first HBSA event? I am! I can’t wait for the fun to start. For those of you who have never attended a Woodstock’s social before, it is basically the first event of the semester where you get to meet NEW people, HBSA officers and past members. Everyone is invited, it’s all about SOCIALIZING and NETWORKING and of course having FUN. (If you click on HBSA, you can find out more) Add us on FB :)
Here is a video of a Woodstock’s social we had last year:
Hope to see you all there!!!!
Name: Woodstock’s Social
Date: Friday, February 10