Is a Summer Internship for Me?

2 May

Many college students have no idea what to do with their summers. One option is a summer internship, and this can be a great way to fill your free time in a meaningful way. You may be wondering if this is a good option for you, so here are a few things to consider about summer internships before you decide.

  • Networking: Internships are a great way to dip your feet into your field of study or a potential career path that you are unsure of. Many students spend up to 40 hours a week in internships over the summer and get the chance to work on real projects. The relationships built with coworkers and supervisors over this time can lead to a future job after graduation, or build a network within that industry.

  • Work Ethic: Having an internship keeps you on a schedule, which is helpful in preventing general laziness and getting you out of the habit. Without a schedule over the summer, it can be much more difficult to jump back in when classes resume in the fall. Whether you have a strong or weak work ethic right now, a summer internship can improve this skill.

  • Earning Academic Credit: Unless you are working a paid position, you can typically earn academic credit for an internship. Some departments will allow this to count towards major requirements, or simply as an elective. Financial aid can be available to help pay for the summer units, so if this is something you want to pursue, check in with your academic advisor about the process.

  • Resume: As you progress in your college career, it is no longer appropriate to have things from high school on your resume. Start building valuable experiences early so that your resume will be stronger when it comes time to apply for jobs/internships during the academic year or following graduation. You can even ask your internship supervisor to look over your resume to give you advice on how to improve it.

No matter how you’re spending your summer break, make sure you enjoy yourself too! If you didn’t get an internship this summer, definitely consider taking one on in the future. The internships I had throughout undergrad were each a valuable learning experience that deeply impacted my college experience.




How to Stay Productive in the Summer

2 May

What time is it? Summer time. ANTICIPATION (cited from High School Musical 2). You know what that means, y’all? UNPRODUCTIVITY!

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I know, I know, you’ve slaved away all semester to finally relax by the pool, play some golf, or just SLEEP. HOWEVER, this time is the time to be productive too! So, buckle up, because Lili is about to show you how to stay relaxed but productive this summer!

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  1. SLEEP
    • Sleep is productive. It’s time to get back on a normal sleep schedule, to reset your circadian rhythm and give your body the rest it needs. This is productive because you can make a schedule or plan things according to your now-normal sleep schedule. I’m not saying to wake up at 8am, I’m just saying it’s time to let your body feel normal and have a DECENT sleep schedule! Also, you have a chance of growing if you sleep more 😉

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more height; I want more height.

    • I know you have things to do this summer, so make a list! This will help you feel like you’re still doing things this semester, and it’ll still give you that satisfaction of crossing things off of your list. You can hang out with friends, read a book, go get groceries, spend time with the family!

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lists freak me out too

  1. CLEAN
    • It’s time to clean. Not just your house, but your life too! Summer is the perfect time to clean your social media, delete unnecessary documents on your laptop, clean your life! This is how you can stay productive! Stay clean!

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at least try to clean. A for effort.

THREE simple solutions to keep you amped, clean, and productive! I hope your summer is a safe one!

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Have a great one, friends!

Xx Lil

You GOT this!

27 Apr

It’s that time again! Does everyone have there everything’s going to be okay face on???giphy.gif

…..Oh, ok maybe not, but that’s okay, we’ll get there! I GET IT! Finals week is probably the most stressful time of year and I’m feeling it too. Firstly you have already been through a hectic semester and your feeling exhausted. Also, you have MULTIPLE exams/papers/projects/extra credit assignments that are due around or on the same day. This is definitely overwhelming but I want you to try to dig deep to gain the last bit of motivation to get through the year. I know it’s WAY easier said than done, but motivation is everything so I am here to remind you of some ways you can gain the little bit of extra motivation to get through the end of the year!

Remember most motivation comes from within:

giphy-1.gifThe best person who can give your motivation is yourself. You can’t expect or rely on anyone to just give you the motivation you need because this is your thing. You are the one in college and the one who are taking the exams. You need to put the effort into studying and do the best you can. You need to be proud of yourself for the progress you have made throughout the year and have confidence you can finish the year strong! You have worked so hard to get to the place you are now, so keep pushing forward to get the grade you deserve on your last few finals. You have been preparing all year and have all the knowledge you need to do well on your exams, so buckle down and get it done! If you need a little push, look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself a pep talk! I know it sounds silly, but it will boost you up.

Get motivations from others:

giphy-2.gifI know I just said motivation needs to come from you, but definitely to talk to your friends, family, and professors to give you a boost of motivation if you need it. They are your biggest supporters so they are the best people to go to when you are feeling a little down and stressed out. They can also help you with your accountability on staying on track. If you let someone know when you are planning to study for your final, follow up with them to make sure you are actually doing what you are supposed to do. The only thing you need to be careful is not to put too much on their plate. They can only do so much to help you through your stress and at the end of the day, it’s your job to put the effort into doing well on finals, not theirs. Also, these people are the ones you care about and want to impress, so don’t let them down!

Set goals:

giphy-3.gifIf you are someone who likes to see progress, set short-term goals for finals week. Think back to SMART goals and make sure your goals are actually achievable in the timeline you have. For example, trying to catch up on 4 months of reading for one class in one day is unrealistic, but reviewing all previous tests for a class is more realistic. Write down your SMART goals and put them in a place you always look such as on your calendar, bathroom mirror, or desk. If you do this, you can see what you have accomplished in the remaining last 2 weeks of your freshman year and make yourself more accountable because you have actually written down what you need to do to finish the year. Check them off once you complete the goal to feel the accomplishment!

Redirect when you are set back:

giphy-4.gifLife doesn’t stop happening during finals week. You can’t control everything leading up to your final exams/projects/papers, but if you are set back, you can control what you do about it and how it affects you. Don’t get angry about something getting in the way of your studying plan because it happens. Take a little bit to be annoyed that your plan didn’t work out, but then do something about it! Try to make it a problem-solving activity where you have to get creative with your time. You can find extra time in your schedule to get things done if you are organized, so with that said, DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO START STUDYING!!!!!

Positive thinking:

giphy-5.gifAll in all, having motivation is a lot easier if you have a good attitude about it. I know stress is hard to get through and weighs you down, but it is what you make of it. If it helps, surround yourself with positive messages, motivational quotes, or anything else that makes you stay calm under the pressure of finals. At the end of the day, this is only the last push of freshman year and you can only do what you can. Don’t stress out too much!

You have worked SOOOO hard to get to the place where you are and you are so close to summer vacation! It’s only two weeks away!! As you go through your final exams, don’t forget to treat your body right by eating well and sleeping properly. Also, utilize the Finals Survival Week on campus because it definitely makes finals a little easier. Congratulations on making it through your first year of college and I KNOW you will do amazing on your finals! YOU GOT THIS!!!

Keep on Keepin’ on,
Courtney 🙂

Finals Study Tips

25 Apr

With finals coming up, it’s easy to get into bad study habits, procrastinate, or even just not know how to study effectively. It’s also the most important time of the year to make sure that you’re on top of studying and assignments, since there’s so much going on. Check out these 8 tips below for how to study well and make the most out of this finals season.

  1. Don’t procrastinate! Study a little bit each day as opposed to a lot the day (or night) before a test. It’ll save you a lot of stress, you’ll remember information better, and you’ll probably do a lot better on your finals.procrastinate.jpg
  2. Prioritize your hardest or most important finals. If one finals is worth 5% of your grade and another is worth 50% of your grade, you should focus more time and energy into the one that’s worth more. Acing an exam that’s not worth very much at the expense of failing one that’s worth a lot isn’t a good trade off.
  3. Make a master study calendar. This could mean planning out how long you’ll study for each test each day, what you’ll work on during a specific time block, and what needs to get done by when. This way, you won’t forget about anything and it makes it easier to focus if you don’t have to decide what to work on.
  4. Block social media. It’s so easy to turn on your phone and end up losing an hour of your time just aimlessly scrolling. It’s best to either block social media, delete the apps from your phone, or control the amount of time you spend
  5. Utilize library databases and citation organizers for papers and projects. Google isn’t a very effective study tool when you’re looking for quality sources. The library and online databases have great sources and save a lot of time scrolling through web pages.
  6. Plan healthy breaks. This could mean taking a walk, eating a snack, taking a quick power nap, etc. Like number 3, just make sure you aren’t blowing hours taking “breaks”.
  7. Utilize different study methods. Try rewatching lectures, reviewing notes, reading the textbook, watching online videos, taking sample tests or doing practice problems. What works for one class might not be what works for another and having a variety of study methods helps you retain information and learn it in different ways.
  8. Stay positive. Stress doesn’t help productivity and if you tell yourself you’re going to fail all of your tests, you’re a lot more likely to. Keep a positive mindset and you’ll be a lot happier, more productive, and have a more successful final season.positive.jpg

Good luck and happy studying!


#AdventurousApril: Amna & Lili Eating Adventure

23 Apr


This Adventurous April, Amna and I *Lili* wanted to step out of our boxes and try a cuisine we were not accustomed to: Ethiopian food!

We went to Zemam’s 2, and it was an amazing experience!

Here is a video we compiled of our eating adventure!

It was a fun time, and the food was delicious!

We definitely recommend coming to Zemam’s and trying their sampler platter!

Have an amazing adventurous April!

-Lili & Amna

My Experience as a Preceptor

20 Apr

Preceptor-ing for one of your classes is a great idea for a multitude of reasons. It gives excellent experience to put on your resume, it can help you forge a closer connection to your professors, and of course, it’s a great way to take some extra units. I spent a semester being a preceptor for my BCOM 214 class — which for those of you who aren’t pre-business majors, is essentially a business writing course. I have to say, I learned a lot from my experience, and here are some tidbits:

  1. This is going to sound strange since I wasn’t working in a team, but I felt a sense of leadership in my role. Even though I had just taken the class a semester before, I felt as though being a student that just went through the course made me acutely more able to provide guidance. If a student came to me with a question about an assignment, I was able to recall doing it myself, but I also knew more clearly how the professor would want them to approach that same assignment now.
  2. I gained incredible experience. Because I am in Eller and this class was a pre-requisite for my major, going through it was already a great learning experience. However, guiding others through it and grading student drafts proved to be invaluable. I genuinely cannot even look at something as simple as an email at this point without editing it in my mind. (So that’s kind of a positive lol).
  3. I learned so much. This goes hand-in-hand with my last bullet point, but I guess having an ‘instructor-esque’ role gave me a new found appreciation for instructors in general. Knowing that I was actually helping a student — especially when they came in for one-on-one help — was so gratifying. Also, I had to learn how to give hands-on instruction without taking over completely and writing the paper for them (this was actually a lot harder to learn than you might think lol)

All in all, I loved being a preceptor. A cool thing about my preceptor-ship was that following the semester, the BCOM instructors threw us an appreciation party! However, even without the party, I’d say having that experience was invaluable. I hope you all consider becoming a preceptor at least at some point in your college career! 🙂

-Amna 🙂

Supporting Your Students through End of Semester Stress and Registration

12 Apr

As the semester is coming to a close, this is the point in time when students are usually feeling mixed feelings of excitement at the thought of the end of the semester, but also feeling of a lot of stress, both with classes and preparing for registration. Here’s a glimpse at what your student might be feeling and how you can help.

The last month of school is packed with tests, papers, homework, and finals. Often, over half of a student’s grade in a class is determined by things they are doing in this last month. This can bring a lot of fear, anxiety, nervousness, and uncertainty regarding their classes and grades. This is also the time when it’s hard for students to find motivation to continue working hard since they’re so close to being done for the year. Furthermore, some students have never been under stress like they are now, a fact that can be very difficult to manage. Encourage your student to take care of themselves by trying to get enough sleep, eating well, and doing their best to manage their stress. You can also point them towards resources such as Campus Health, Think Tank tutoring, and professor office hours to help them manage all their schoolwork and stress in a healthy manner.

Another milestone of the month is registration. Students are planning and registering for classes for next semester. While the prospect of the future is exciting for many students, it can also be daunting as they aren’t sure what they want or need to take, how to make sure they’re on track, or when and how to register. The best advice you can give them is to point them in the direction of their academic advisor. Their advisor knows exactly what they need to take and when to keep them on track for their degree. They can also help students know when and how to register.

After registration is over, be sure to follow up with your student. Many students don’t get the classes that they wanted or have difficult schedules coming up in the fall, so it’s important to support your student, even if it’s just by offering a listening ear. It’s also important to remind students that even if they’re in a rough position regarding next semester that they still have to finish strong this semester with finals coming up. Registration and finals mark the busiest time of the year for students, so it’s important that they know they have a good support system that’s there for them. Take the time to be that support system for your student today.

#AdventurousApril: Spring Break Traveling

12 Apr

My boyfriend, Tyler, is a college baseball player and for our freshman and sophomore years, he was at a school only a few hours away. This year he transferred schools and is currently at a school in Idaho, about a 19 hour drive from UA. Needless to say, we don’t see each other much, so for spring break I decided to fly up to Idaho and spend part of the week with him. Take my word for it though when I tell you that small town Idaho isn’t the most exciting place to spend your spring break. That’s why for my Adventurous April, I set out to have an adventurous spring break in Idaho.

My first day, I woke up at 4:00 am to head to the airport. I flew from Phoenix to Seattle and from Seattle to Lewiston where I landed at around 11:00 am. Originally I was going to Uber to my Tyler’s apartment since he had to be in class for a big test review, but he surprised me by picking me up at the airport and we went to lunch together before heading back to campus for his next class. He toured me around campus and it was cool to see a school so different from ours and get to see where he spends a lot of his time. We also walked along the river where Lewis and Clark came through.IMG_5904.JPG

The rest of the day, we had dinner (we shared a burger bigger than my face, I’m not even kidding), watched a movie (The Emoji Movie per Tyler’s request, so bad), and went bowling (we both bowled personal bests). While not the most “adventurous day”, it was nice to be able to just have a normal day together.


The second day was mostly school work. Tyler had a midterm the next day so while he prepared for that, I caught up on some online homework I was behind on (I’m a huge procrastinator so online classes can be both my best friend and my worst enemy). That evening though, we went up to a hill overlooking the city. It was so beautiful to see the lights over the whole city and the mountains in the distance. We also danced to The Greatest Showman soundtrack and Disney music which was so fun.


After that, we went to the grocery store to get ingredients to make tacos. Making dinner turned out to be an adventure in itself, because as we got back to Tyler’s apartment and asked for a knife and cutting board to cut the onions and garlic, I was handed a butter knife and plate. Apparently Tyler doesn’t cook much because he actually didn’t even own a cutting knife. So I spend the next 10 minutes cutting an onion and garlic with a flimsy butter knife. Even I was impressed that I was actually able to do it and pull of a decent dinner.

My third and fourth days were the more adventurous days of the trip. The third day, Tyler and I went up to Washington State University in Pullman because my mom wanted me to visit the campus as I’m thinking about grad school. The drive from Lewiston to Pullman was beautiful, and it was fun to walk around the campus. After that, we went to Tyler’s favorite BBQ restaurant and then went swing dancing. Now, if you’ve ever met me and/or Tyler, you’d know that I’m an awful dancer and he’s a great dancer. So it was both fun and hilarious having him try to teach me the various swing dances and line dances, and it was really fun to be able to meet all of his friends and see what his Thursday nights usually look like. The only downside to the evening was that Tyler dropped and broke my (very expensive) glasses. Luckily, I had packed my contacts but Tyler felt horrible. Side note: don’t worry, I got the glasses replaced for free under my warranty a couple weeks later.

The last day we woke up and had breakfast together, then Tyler took me to the airport. It was a sad goodbye, since we weren’t (and still aren’t) sure when we’d see each other next, but it was a great week to make up for it. From Lewiston I flew to Seattle and from Seattle to Portland. In Portland I had a 6 hour layover, but this was actually perfect because my Godparents live in Portland. I was able to see them and walk around downtown Portland. We went to a rooftop bar and had some delicious appetizers and got to see the city from a few hundred feet up.

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We also had an amazing dinner at an Italian restaurant that was probably the best food I’ve had in a while (which is saying something because I eat a lot of good food). This was really fun because I’ve never been to Portland and it’s such a different city than Phoenix or Tucson. I really liked enjoyed it and it was great to be able to see my godparents.  From there I headed on a plane back to Phoenix and landed just at midnight.

It was a great spring break trip, even if it wasn’t the most adventurous trip I’ve ever been on. It showed me that no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you can have adventure in doing anything as long as you’re having fun and with the ones you love.

Hope the rest of your April can be filled with fun and adventure!


Your Easy Guide to Priority Registration Advising

12 Apr

So it’s finally your week for advising during priority registration season. You’re probably thinking, “How am I going to get everything I need in just 15 minutes?” Remember that during this time, they will only discuss your courses for next semester, and the appointment will go much better if you come prepared. Here’s my checklist so you can quickly make sure you are ready to go.

  • Check out classes on UAccess and put them into your shopping cart, or make a list
  • Have backup courses/times selected and add them to your list as well
  • Figure out what questions you have. For example: Am I eligible to take these courses? Do I need to take any pre-requisites or co-requisites? Will I be registered in enough units? Will I graduate on time?
  • The morning of your appointment: gather your lists and questions and any paperwork that you need. Also, remember to bring some sort of writing utensil in case you need to jot anything down.
  • Show up about 10-15 minutes early for your appointment to ensure that you get the most out of your meeting and do not delay the schedule.

Priority registration can be somewhat stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Put just a few minutes into preparation, and you will minimize stress and maximize the usefulness of seeing your advisor. Good luck with registration!


How to Stay Sane this Registration

12 Apr

Registration, one of the worst times of the semester. I’m not over exaggerating; registration sucks.

I would say don’t be scared, but I don’t want to lie to you. What if you don’t get the classes you want? What if your professors suck? What if you miss the date?

Although registration is terrifying, there is a way to stay sane. You can be scared but also keep your cool.



This is the most important thing you can do. Although you can’t technically register until your registration date, you can ACTIVELY ADD courses to your cart right now. This means you can go into UAccess and add the classes you want into a queue. You can’t register for them yet, but you sure can have them on ‘file’ for the hectic 6am morning of registration. This will limit your anxiety to just clicking the ‘register’ button on the day of registration.


Add them now, you won’t have to work as hard morning of registration.


Has anyone had a really terrible professor? Like a really bad professor? Well, before you add classes to your shopping cart, hop on to see what professors are teaching the courses you want to take. This will help calm you down, knowing you have great professors teaching the courses you need/want. More often than not, there will two or three different professors teaching the same course, so you’ll know you have registered for the best professor possible.


me pretending to understand material from a professor who can’t teach.

  1. 5:50 AM

SET YOUR ALARM FOR 5:50 AM FOR THE DAY OF REGISTRATION. I kid you not, 10 minutes is a perfect amount of time to prep for the 6 AM chaos. You can click the ‘register’ button at 6AM, so you need to make sure you are ready by then. SET A REMINDER IN YOUR CALENDAR THE SUNDAY BEFORE TO REMIND YOU TO SET YOUR ALARM FOR THE 6AM MORNING. Make sure you remind yourself to register. I’ve forgotten many times. HA. So trust me.


this will be you for 15 minutes on the Monday of registration. LOL

So, my friends, I wish you the best of luck registering.

May all your classes be open and your professors be amazing.


Much love,

Lils xx