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Registration Day Gone Wrong

16 Apr

Registering for classes can be extremely stressful without the right preparation. My most recent registration for my Fall of 2018 classes was a breeze, but my past experiences have been pretty stressful. Hopefully my 2 experiences of registration failures can help you all avoid any future registration difficulties.

1.) The time I overslept.

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Setting your alarm the night before class registration is essential. Class registration begins at 6AM on a Monday. Somehow, I fell asleep without setting my alarm the previous night. This resulted in me waking up 2 hours past the registration and only be able to register into half of my selected classes. This wasn’t too bad since I was only a sophomore and still had plenty of other classes I could have enrolled in at the time. But now that I am a Junior, a minor slip up like this could result in me not getting in an required classes and worse case scenario having to graduate a semester late.

2.) Woke up on time with no classes in my shopping cart.

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After oversleeping my first time registering for classes I made it a priority to make sure that I woke up on time to register for all my classes. Consequently, I must have forgot to actually make sure that I had all of my classes into my shopping cart. This resulted in me having an anxiety attack at 6 in the morning, while trying to add as many classes as I can to my shopping cart for registration. Luckily, I was able to register into all of my desired classes with pretty good times that didn’t conflict with my work schedule.

Im glad to say that these were my only two experiences of failure with class registration. For the most part, I’m kind of happy that these failures happened during my first years here at the University of Arizona. Hopefully, my two experiences will help you all avoid any registration difficulties in the future.

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Until Next Time,

Darius Amos

 

#AdventurousApril: My First Time Trying Sushi

16 Apr

As many may know I am not the biggest fan of seafood but, that’s mostly because I’m allergic to it…..well for the most part only crab, lobster, shrimp, and salmon. For the most part, my allergy has caused me to miss out on a lot of the foods that my friends love. One food in specific that I really wanted to try for the first time was sushi. After talking to my friends I took it upon myself to try sushi for the first time.

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This last Saturday my friends and I went out to a restaurant here in Tucson called AZIAN.  My friends all insisted that they had the best sushi so I said why not? Especially since this would be my first time having sushi, I wanted to make sure it was worth the experience.

Jumping right into it, I didn’t know there were so many different kinds of sushi. There’s the most common raw sushi but you can also have it cooked! For the most part, I didn’t really enjoy the raw sushi. The taste was unique and very distinctive I think I didn’t enjoy it as much because I wasn’t used to the taste.

healthyContrarily, cooked sushi was AMAZING!!! it taste just like grilled fish and the taste was quite similar to bbq. Luckily, I was willing to try the cooked sushi after my friend convinced me it was not as bad as the raw sushi. She was right!  I spent the rest of my time at the restaurant stuffing my face as if I hadn’t eaten in weeks.

The experience was nothing less than amazing. And most importantly I didn’t have an allergic reaction to it!

Hope you all enjoyed my experience!

Until Next Time,

Darius Amos

 

#MiddlingMarch: The Gym & I are Becoming Best Friends

4 Apr

During this time of the semester many of us students are starting to become overwhelmed with assignments and upcoming midterms. With all of this going on it is easy for us to get discouraged and stressed out. What has helped me get through this stressful time of the year is going to Campus Rec during my free time.

This year my workload has been a little bit more hectic compared to my previous academic years. With two jobs and being a full-time student, it can be hard to try to fit the gym into my daily schedule. After realizing how helpful going to the gym has been with relieving stress, I took it upon myself to make sure that I could implement going to the gym in my weekly schedule.

The first week of March was probably one of the most stressful school weeks of the year. I had 2 midterms, one lab report, and a paper to write for my AFAS class. With all of this going on, I still managed to go to the gym with a couple of friends. This gave me so much more energy throughout the week. The following day I was so energized and I felt like I could get so much work done. Also, my time being in the gym took my mind off of all the assignment and upcoming exams.

For all the students that are feeling stressed out around this time of the semester; I would most definitely recommend going to the gym or even finding something that you enjoy doing to free your mind from all of the stress that the academic year brings.

until next time,

Darius Amos

How I Stay Motivated Throughout the Semester

5 Mar

From experience, I can testify that the middle of the  Spring semester is the toughest part of the year. Assignments begin to pile, midterms are approaching, and the thought of spring break being near just seems to make time go by so much slower. What helps me get through this dreadful time of the year is the thought of having another academic successful semester. Here are 3 tips to keep in mind when you’re feeling unmotivated in the middle of the academic year.

  1. Spring Break is near!!!

    As I mentioned before, when Spring Break is approaching it tends to feel as if time is going by slower than ever. This is actually a great thing. It is important to utilize this time of the year to live in the moment and make sure that you’re on top of everything. Working hard now will make your Spring Break feel so much better. So why not work hard now and relax during your week off?

  2.  Focus on the bigger picture 🙂

    As assignments and midterms begin to pile up it is common for us students to get stressed, overwhelmed, and discouraged. What helps me overcome all of these emotions is focusing on the bigger picture. One thing I always tell myself when I’m stressed out over classes is that “It’ll all be worth it in the long run”. Whether your goal is to increase your GPA or just do well in an extremely hard class, it is important to stay focus during this time of the year.

  3. Relax

    One of the most important things to keep in mind during this time of the year is to take time out of your day to relax. As a student, I totally understand how stressful classes are this time of the year, with that being said, sometimes you have to take some time away from the books so you don’t burn yourself out. Too much stress can be fatal for your health. With that being said, go out and catch a movie or go bowling with friends.

Alright y’all I hope my tips bring a little relief to your semester or sparks ideas of your own to make this time of the year as stress free as possible.

Until next time,

Darius Amos

 

#FearlessFebruary: My First Tattoo

21 Feb

Other than heights, a huge fear of mine has been getting a tattoo. For about two years now I have been procrastinating on getting my first tattoo just because of all of the “fun” experiences that my friends have told me in the past. Also my conscious always seems to bring me what if scenarios:

“What if the tattoo artist messes up?”

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“What if I change my mind about what I want?”

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Other than the unbearable pain that everyone says getting a tattoo brings, there was always the thought of a piece of art being on my body for the rest of my life. With all this in mind, I decided what better time than now than to tackle my fear head on and getting my first tattoo.

First and foremost, I would like to say that describing a tattoo as painful is a complete understatement. To be fair, most of the pain depends on the size & location of the tattoo and also the person’s pain tolerance. Sad to say I have an extremely low pain tolerance and every minute of my 3.5-hour tattoo session felt as if someone was slicing and stabbing me in my chest. As you can see on my face in the photo below:

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At the end of the session, I was more than satisfied with the outcome of my tattoo and I believe it was totally worth it.l2jhvfntjcqaezpq4

Will I ever get another chest tattoo? Most likely not. Do plan on getting more in the future? OF COURSE!!!! For anyone that is planning on getting a tattoo in the future, I will advise anyone to avoid the chest area by all means.

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Until Next Time,

Darius Amos

New Goals & New Beginnings

19 Feb

January is one of my favorite months of the year because not only does it bring a fresh start to a new year but also to a new semester. My goal for this semester is to stay more organized and to manage my time better. With that being said, I decided to take it upon myself to utilize this fresh start and create a planner for my classes and new activities that I plan to venture into.

After a long semester, such as the Fall semester, most students want to make sure that their Spring semester is just as successful or more successful than the previous. In fact, this was my overall goal for this semester. In order to have a more successful semester I feel that I have to focus more on my time management and organization. With that in mind, I was so motivated to do well this semester I bought my first planner just so I can keep myself organized throughout the academic year.

So far this planner has helped me stay on top of my busy schedule. Jotting down simple reminders for upcoming class assignments, deadlines for work, and events for my pharmacy internship has allowed me get my work completed on time with little stress. And minimizing stress was my most important goal for this year. Just in the little time that I have started to use my planner I can see a huge improvement in my ability to complete assignments and deadlines on time. I also noticed that my weeks seem to flow much more smoother and which has allowed me to have a much better performance at work and in class.

If I had the opportunity to go back and time to my Freshman year of college and give myself some helpful advice, it would be to find any tool that keeps you organized. Time management is one of the most important skills to have in college, and buying a planner has most definitely allowed me to succeed in my academic career thus far. Long story short, buying a planner has allowed me to decrease stress and get that Jumpstart to the new year that I was hoping for.

Until Next Time,

-Darius Amos

My First Time Getting Involved on Campus

22 Jan

My first semester here at the University of Arizona was amazing. I met a lot of new people from different parts of the country,  and I even attended my first U of A men’s  basketball game. Even with all the great things that happened my first semester, I feel that I didn’t truly start to enjoy the college experience until I started to get involved on campus.

My second semester of my freshman year, I was introduced to the African American student body club. From the first club meeting  I knew this organization was the perfect fit for me. From the start the  coordinators of the club were very flexible with working with all of our class schedules and the members of the club were extremely nice and excited to meet new members. What also stuck out to me was that the club offered plenty of community service opportunities and I made some great connections with a lot of professionals. I could potentially benefit from these networks in my future career.

As a result of being a member of this club, I felt more involved in campus. It’s a great feeling knowing that you have a group of people that support you and want you to succeed in life. Especially if a student is attending a college far away from home, having someone there to talk to and go to makes your first year on campus a bit smoother. In my opinion, that is the best benefit that us as student receive from joining clubs on campus.

All in all, I would definitely recommend that everyone join a club that fits their preferences. The University of Arizona offers hundreds of clubs to their students so it shouldn’t be hard to find the one that is the right fit. You never know how much of an impact joining a club could have on your college experience.

Until next time,

Darius Amos

 

#DreadedDecember: Oh How I Just Love Finals

21 Dec

This December has truly been my roughest ending to a semester since I’ve been in college. Not only have I been bombarded with family problems; I’ve also had about 4 final exams in all science courses. For my #DreadedDecember blog, I will go into detail on how I made it through these stressful last weeks of the semester.

  1. No more labs!!!:)

When I first heard that all of my labs would be ending two weeks before finals I was filled with joy. With all of my lab courses ending, I would have 9 more hours of freedom added to my weekly schedule. Consequently, I didn’t realize that the end of labs approaching consisted of final exams, practicals, and lab reports deadlines approaching as well. During the first week of December I completed:

  • 2 lab reports for my Ecology 182 lab,
  • a common final and TA Final for my Organic Chemistry lab.
  • a practical on the Nervous System for my Anatomy and Physiology lab.

Although my brain and motivation to end the semester had been brought to an all-time low, I somehow got myself together to prepare for my final exams in my lecture courses for the remaining of the semester.

2. Final Exams!!!:)

Since I’ve first started attending the University of Arizona, finals weeks have always been the most dreaded of the year. This semester, I’ve had final exams in my Organic Chemistry lecture, Intro to Biology lecture, and Anatomy and Physiology lecture, and last but not least, my Medical Terminology class. These classes have been a bit rough throughout the semester and studying for all of these classes in one week has made me contemplate dropping out daily. But now that I’m done with all my finals, I’m kind of proud of myself for the late night studying and stressing. More than anything I’m hoping that all of this stress and studying will pay off.

Until next time,

Darius Amos

 

How to Adult

3 Nov

Adulthood could be quite scary when you think about it. I recently turned 21 in September, yet I feel as if I’ve been an adult since I was an 18-year-old college freshman in an unfamiliar town called Tucson. From experience, I’ve learned the hard way that adulthood comes with a whole lot responsibilities. Because of this, I thought I’d share a few tips to help you tackle adulthood headfirst.

1. Paying bills!

The most important responsibility that comes with being an adult is paying bills. Moving into my first apartment right out of high school required for me to get used to paying rent and electricity bills, and not only paying them but paying them on time to avoid late fees. Paying bills on time is very important. In fact, it could affect your credit. Speaking of credit, this leads me to my next tip.

2. Credit Cards

My first encounter with a credit card came as soon as I  got to college. At the time I thought it was great, I mean who doesn’t like free money, right? Sadly, I learned the hard way that the money I had spent had to be paid back with interest. Some words of advice from me to you all is to be cautious with your credit card spending because you will have to pay the money back.

3. Prioritizing

From experience, I’ve learned that majority of the stress that adulthood brings can be resolved by prioritizing your responsibilities. One of the helpful things that I’ve picked up throughout the years is writing upcoming bill dates in the calendar app on my phone. This makes sure that I’m constantly reminded when an upcoming bill is approaching. Another thing that comes along with prioritizing as an adult is making sure all bills are paid before splurging on yourself.  One of the greatest downfalls of being an adult is being an adult. And is an adult you no longer have excuses to why you haven’t paid your bills.

I hope that  this guide and my past experience provide you all some tips that will allow you to prepare for adulthood.

Until Next Time,

Darius Amos

#OutrageousOctober: Ticket for One

1 Nov

As if my October being full of exams every week isn’t outrageous enough; I took it upon myself to use the month of October to step out of my comfort  zone and try something new. My outrageous activity for this October was to go to see a scary movie by myself.

I know! I know! This may not seem too outrageous but to me this was terrifying. Not only was I going to see a horror film I was going by myself. This was the first time I’ve ever gone to see a movie alone in my life.  There’s like some hidden rule that you’re always suppose to go to the movies with someone so I wanted to challenge that and go alone.

….. let’s just say that this wasn’t a good idea.

Going to the movie theatre by myself wasn’t difficult at all. Watching Blair Witch alone in a half empty theatre was terrifying. I must admit that this movie was the scariest movie that I have seen since I was 10 years old watching Nightmare on Elm Street. And to make it worse I was watching it all alone.

After jumping in my seat and spilling popcorn everywhere for an hour and a halfm I was so anxious to get out of the movie theatre. The lonely drive home didn’t make my paranoia any better but after getting home safely and watching a few funny videos on youtube I was nice and calm.

Overall, I can say that I am happy that I stepped up and tried something new this month. Would I recommend this to someone else?  Probably not. But I hope my experience can motivate you all to step out of your comfort zone and try something new this month.

Until next time,

Darius Amos