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#FearlessFebruary: Valeria Broadens Her (Tastebud) Horizons

24 Feb

Student Affairs Outreach facilitator, Valeria, shares her experience trying Ethiopian food for the first time.

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Wildcat Connections: Refocus on What Matters

28 Jan

In this week’s edition, Student Affairs Outreach facilitators give you ideas about how to experience the spring semester from all angles. Perhaps you want to step out of your comfort zone like Franny. You can also reconnect with all our campus has to offer at “New Year + New You” this week. Or, for the technophiles,  check out equipment (literally) from the UA Libraries for that tech-project you’ve been dreaming about. Click on the picture below for more ideas on how to zoom-in on your spring Wildcat experience. 

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Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful… So Cozy Up with a WC Edition!

16 Dec

Well, everyone, we have entered a special time of year. Everyone is bundled up against the cold, the cocoa is brewing, and the warm smell of freshly baked panic has fallen over campus. Yep, it’s finals time. Exams are underway and so is all the stress that comes with end-of-year tests, projects, and papers. But it doesn’t need to be that way! Call on us for back-up! Click on our latest edition below for study-break ideas. Plus, check out ways to treat yourself once you’ve reached that finish line.

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You’re Invited to “Wind Down to Bear Down”

2 Dec

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Do you need some time to unwind before finals? Join us for friendly conversation, sweet and savory study food, a chill playlist, and a wintery photo booth. All for free, all for you! Click on the link above for more information regarding our study-break event, or to connect with our favorite resources during finals week. 

Where: 4th Floor of the Student Union in the Copper Room

When: This Thursday, December 5th

Who: You! Us! Munchies! 

Wildcat Connections

12 Nov

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This week, Student Affairs Outreach facilitators address the good, the bad, and the ugly in our newsletter, Wildcat Connections. What we mean is, we only have (gulp) five weeks left of the fall semester. How can we make the most of it, and face the hard facts about our progress thus far, so that we can finish strong? Check out this week’s edition, and our blog posts, for tips and resources for how to hold yourself accountable. Wildcats, are you ready to put on your spurs and get down to business?

Wildcat Connections: Homecoming Week Takeover Edition!

4 Nov

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Wildcat Connections is back to welcome you into an awesome Homecoming Week! With so much going on leading up to the game, this week’s edition will keep you up to date with all the events! We’ve got what you need; all you have to do is click on the picture above to start your Homecoming week with a bang!

“Study Time” & “Let Loose” Playlists for Midterm Madness

17 Oct

On behalf of Student Affairs Outreach we have created two awesome midterm playlists for all you lovely Wildcats!

The first playlist called “Study Time” features a variety of songs we listen to while studying. We know most study playlists tend to be composed of classical music, but we decided to flip the script by finding a balance–our chosen songs are not too hyped, but not so slow that you will fall asleep in the library. Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, Mumford & Sons, along with  others, provide three hours worth of perfect studying.

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Homework done? D2L quiz done? Study time over? Well I guess it’s time to let loose with our playlist “Let Loose.” Songs on this playlist are meant for jamming out, because, guess what? YOU DESERVE IT.

Be sure to stand up, turn it up and dance it up!

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–Valeria Martinez & Andy Gonzalez

Dedication Playlist: Warm-and-Fuzzy Feelings

9 Oct

iPod for PlaylistDuring this week’s staff meeting, Student Affairs Outreach facilitators shared that “warm-and-fuzzy” feeling they have for a person, place or idea on campus. This Spotify playlist is dedicated to all things — big and small —  that make us feel like we belong at the University of Arizona. Now, midway into the semester, we want you to get in-touch with your inner-Wildcat, to feel like you can (and will) find your niche here if you haven’t already. Check out some of the ways we have carved a space for ourselves, and feel free to visit us (Nugent, lower level) if you need more ideas on how to do the same.

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CONNECT: Wildcats, what’s your “warm-and-fuzzy” person, place, or thing at the U of A? Follow WildcatConnections on Spotify for more Wildcat playlists this academic year. #UAloveatfirstsight #UAcompleteme #UAnME

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On-Campus Jobs: The Road to Getting that Moolah and More

4 Oct

College life doesn’t come cheap. If only getting money was as easy as rappers make it seem. “I get money.” Why yes, 50 Cent, you sure do, but a lot of us college kids aren’t lucky enough to be “stanky rich.”  

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So, when scholarships and loans don’t add up — and producersaren’t knocking down your door with multi-million-dollar record contracts — what’s the next best thing? A job. For many, the term causes a feeling of landing in unknown territory.

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For others, we know the term oh-too-well.

Wherever you’re at, let me take you through my journey of searching and landing a job on-campus.

Let’s start with the basics: do I want/need a job?

The first step is acceptance. After noticing that my adventurous food spree was depleting my high school summer savings faster than the speed of light, I came to terms with my problem and found a solution: I needed a job, pronto.

After acceptance is achieved, the next step is preparation.

As crazy as it may sound, landing a job takes effort and commitment; who knew? Career Services does. They provide free programs, both online and in-person, to help Wildcats develop a strong resume, search for jobs, and even practice interview skills. Thanks to such services, prepping is made easy! Know that you are not alone in this maze to a getting a job. Career Services has your back!

Once you have composed your resume, are interview-ready, have your references lined-up (make sure to ask them first if it is ok with them to be your reference and then discuss with them what’s going on) and you’re rocking that confidence, comes the next step in the journey: looking for a job.

Luckily for you and I, the UA loves student workers and helps facilitate and expedite the job-search by providing several tools.

Exhibit A: Wildcat Joblink. This dandy online tool can be found through Career Services and is a haven for employers as well as potential employees. The program integrates more helpful tips for resume-building and interview skills, but its main attraction is its compilation of on-campus and off campus jobs available to students. Cruise through the Web site and see what the UA has to offer you!

Exhibit B: Make sure to look into emails from your college and other departments on campus as they may contain job opportunities.

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If you’re not feeling the online-dating vibe of landing a job, don’t sweat it! There are other ways to find your perfect job-match.

Exhibit C: Simply communicate with others. Network! Ask around! Teachers, advisors, and even that dude who sleeps in class next to you  might know of an employer who is hiring, so why not pick their brains – even if you have to wake them up – for the valuable information? From personal experience, friends and previous coworkers referred me to the job I currently have (which allows me to write blogs). If you have already had a job on-campus, you have the advantage of being connected. Sometimes, it really comes down to who you know!

Okay, you’ve found something that looks interesting to you, and you meet the job-requirements … so, send in the required paperwork and wait for a possible interview.

Waiting doesn’t mean you can’t be productive. Prepare interview-worthy outfits, practice your interview skills, get to know more about the job, and develop questions about it. Employers love students who come prepared with a thirst for more information! Stand out—in a good way of course. 

Once you get an interview, think of it this way: you get to talk about yourself and how amazing and brilliant you are, just in a more structured, professional manner. For a lot of us, talking about ourselves comes naturally… it’s your time to shine!

I recall my first interview, and let me tell you, it was far from ideal. I was so   nervous that I stuttered my words, moved a little too much, and even blanked-out a couple times.

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Despite my struggles, I engaged effectively with the interviewer and asked questions that showed I had done my research regarding the position.

My resume also did wonders, as they loved the involvement and skills I could bring to the job. I can’t emphasize it enough: a strong resume makes all the difference.

Somehow after what I thought to be a train wreck, I got an email congratulating me on getting the job!

Once the “scary” parts are over, it’s all about the wait for that “congratulations.” 

Make sure that you don’t put all your eggs in one basket though. If you really need a job, apply for multiple positions on-campus. Also, know that if you don’t land a job the first time around you have many other opportunities, so don’t get discouraged! If anything, let it motivate you to continue your endeavors for that job that you’ll be a perfect match for.

Now that I have covered the basics of the process, you might be wondering, what good is a job if, like 50 Cent, “Money I got, money is got”?

A job can provide you with more than just that moolah. Having a job is a great resume-builder where you can acquire skills and connections that will influence your future endeavors.

Personally, all three of the jobs I’ve had on-campus have strengthened skills I already possessed and helped me acquire new ones. For example, during the summers, I worked as an Orientation and Welcome Leader. From this position, I obtained incredible knowledge of the UA and its resources, great communication skills, and mastered the art of confidently walking backwards around campus!

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The other job I have had as a Peer Advisor through Prodigy helped me realize that close interaction and helping others was something of great importance in my working life. This job served to reinforce the things I already knew I wanted in a possible future career and helped me discover some things I would rather steer away from like making gingerbread houses for a living.

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Whatever your motivation is for getting an on-campus job, know that you have an abundance of opportunities right at your Wildcat paws! It is up to you to embrace those options and be on your way! If you do, you’ll be surprised by what you can take away, besides just a paycheck to get you that “Bling like BLAOW.”

   –Lucero Pesqueira

The Road to Graduation is an A-Maze-ing One!

23 Sep

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Our new Wildcat Connections newsletter is in!  It’s the week after your first round of exams and quizzes and it may have left you puzzled. Questions like: “Is this the right major for me?” “What happens if I didn’t do well on my first exam?” and “How do I make sure that what I’m learning will get me a career?” may be running through your head after last week. Check out this week’s edition and get started in the right direction to find some of the answers to those burning questions. Just know, the road to graduation is not an easy one, but there are always options in determining how you will get to that final goal. One Wildcat paw at a time! Bear Down!