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My Short but Long Summer

6 May

I have come to the conclusion that I am a workaholic. Summer is just around the corner and I am already thinking of buying my books for summer school. I will be taking 6 online units this summer. The reason is because I am doing an exchange program this upcoming fall and I do not want to fall behind in my classes, although my academic advisor told me that I should be fine. I would rather get things done soon. It never hurts to be ahead!

In addition, I will be working this summer. I have decided to go back to being a caregiver. I got my certification when I was in high school and only used it for six months. Working as a caregiver made me realize that the medical field was not for me, so I was able to change career paths when I came to college. However, I did love my clients and I learned a lot from them. Although the medical fielded is not what I want to do for the rest of my life, I am still willing to make a difference in a person’s life this summer.

The most exciting part of my summer is that I will be traveling to New York and Washington D.C with my family. We will stay in New York for three days and stay in D.C for three days. Going to the east coast has always been a dream of mine and I am beyond happy that it will finally come true. There is no better feeling than working hard and getting a great out come.

So, those are my plans for this chaotic and busy summer. I hope you have a great summer! Good luck with finals!

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#AdventurousApril: Planning My Own Trip

19 Apr

Planning a road trip can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t have your parents planning it. This month I planned my own trip with three very good friends. Since we just wanted to relax for a weekend, we decided to go to Hermosillo, Bahia de Kino. This is a beach that is four hours from Tucson. Although it is not that far away from home it is a four-hour drive and it is located in another country, Mexico.

Firstly, we had to plan a good date and we decided to leave Friday and came back Sunday. Then, we had to plan for transportation and we decided to split gas money and go in my car. It was very beneficial because we each spent $15 for transportation. Additionally, we found a house next to the beach for $85 a night. Since there were four of us, we each spent $43 dollars for the two nights. Finally, food was also very cheap – our average meal price was $5. We did not really spend more, because all that we wanted to do was relax, swim, and escape from home.

For this being my first trip with out my parents, it went well. We did encounter a few problems, for example, we got lost for like an hour because our phones did not get internet over there and we had no access to a GPS. It was not too stressful because it was a big part of our adventure. Another difficulty that we encountered was that the line at the border to cross back to the United States was two hours. It was really annoying, but the girls and I managed to not stop talking. I could say that this trip was very worth it!

#MiddlingMarch: All About Me

29 Mar

The week before Spring break I had four exams and two essays due. I was very stressed out and all I wanted to do was get home and catch up on sleep. After I did catch up on sleep I decided that it was time to have “me” time, something that I had not done in a long time. The first thing that I did was call my best friend to see if she would accompany me and sadly she was busy that day. I then decided that I would go to the movies by myself and get my nails done.

I had never gone to the movies by myself so that was very intimidating. The theaters was fairly empty since the movie was about to be out of the theaters. I got to enjoy a big scene all by myself as I laughed sooo hard. Going to the movies by myself is something that I plan to continue to do. It was also very stress relieving because for once in a long time I was not focused on school.

The second part of my plan was to get my nails done. I got my nails done, also something that I had never done alone. It was harder because I am such an undecided person and always need a second opinion how to do my nails. I ended up getting nude pink nails.

After leaving the nail spa I did not want to go home. I was enjoying my “me day”, so I went out to eat to restaurant all by myself. I had gone to fast food restaurants alone, but this was different – I went to Olive Garden… ALONE. At first it was awkward because I am the type of person who likes to talk, especially while waiting for my food. I also challenged myself not to be on my phone, so I started observing the environment and I noticed a lot of things that I had never paid attention to. It was a challenge, but stepping out of my comfort zone was worth it!

-Jarlene

Hang in There Summer is Almost Here

28 Mar

As a student I know that by the middle of the spring semester I am worn out. I say this because before spring break I had four midterms and three major essays due in one week. It was all very overwhelming and it made me lose much motivation. During spring break, I relaxed and enjoyed myself for a week so I could finish the semester strong. After spring break, we only have six weeks of school left. That is not much time!

My fellow Wildcats don’t lose motivation now we are more than half way there! Find time to figure out what you are doing for summer break. Find out if you are working (it’s always satisfying to fill up your bank account!). Find out it if you are doing summer school, which is also fulfilling, as you catch up or get ahead on your credits. Finally, even enjoying your time at home is satisfying because you work so hard during the school year. Hang in there…you are almost finished with your first year of college!

#FearlessFebruary: Overcoming Obstacles

29 Feb

There have been times where I have been forced to do things that are out of my comfort zone. In the beginning of February I was practically forced to go on an extreme adventure course. The reason why I was “forced” is because I had to chaperon my 13-year -old sister and 12-year-old cousin. They had been wanting to go on an adventure course for a really long time and when we went to Flagstaff we found out there was such a thing, called the Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course.

At first I was just informed that I was going to stay with the girls while they completed the course. Then, I was told that I actually had to get on. Before I got, there my sister had tried showing me pictures and I was not really interested in seeing them since I thought I did not have to get on. I was trying to be positive, but I was cold and there was a lot of snow..The next thing that concerned me was that the course got harder as you progressed. There were four levels that needed to pass to complete the entire course.

The first level was tough and I felt that I was making every one slow down. As I proceeded and saw that I was overcoming hard obstacles I started to get motivated and lost my fear of heights. I made it through the first three levels then things started to get complicated and nearly impossible for me to do. My little cousin felt the same way. We decided that we wanted to get off, but we were at the top of tall pine tree. The staff from the extreme course had to get us down. I was proud because I had finished the third level. Surprisingly, I was on the course for three hours. The only person that finished was my sister, who is in gymnastics.

Without a doubt this was one of the funnest things that I had ever done. Even if I was scared at first, I loved the fact that I can say that I have been on an extreme obstacle course. Also, I was able to check off zip lining on my bucket list.

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Serve the Community with Clubs and Organizations

12 Feb

Although college students have a lot going on, there’s always some time to spare. Clubs and organizations here at the university are a perfect way to spend your extra time wisely . Besides creating networks and gaining experience, you can find a club that serves the community. Serving the community looks great on a resume, but it’s also a personally rewarding experience. I got involved in a club my freshman year since I was not working and had some free time. In this club we were able to volunteer at places like Casa Maria’s, Ben’s Bells, and prepare activities for children from low-income families. It was a great experience and I learned so much.

Here is a list of a few clubs and organizations on campus that are dedicated to serving the community.

Arizona Allegiance Honorary– “Supporting the Arizona Wildcats through over 90 years of Tradition, Spirit, and Sportsmanship.”

Arizona Ambassadors Honorary– “Arizona Ambassadors are the official student tour guides of The University of Arizona. They are a volunteer/honorary organization affiliated with the Office of Admissions.”

Arizona Mentor Society– “Our vision is to inspire youth in the Tucson community to exceed and become excited about academics through tutoring and mentorship.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters-“The UA BBBST Club is a space for all individuals affiliated with BBBST to connect in their shared passion for mentorship and volunteerism.”

Club Latino-“Find a place to practice your Spanish and take part in various activities including community service, social events and fundraising events.”

Eller Green Team– “The mission of the Eller Green Team is to build and maintain an environmentally and socially responsible culture in the Eller College.”

Environmental Awareness Society-“The UA Environmental Awareness Society’s mission is to raise awareness, advocate, and collaborate with organizations that strive to preserve the environment.”

Faces in Health Professions-“Faces in the Health Professions is a pre-health club focused on aiding underserved populations.”

Kindness Club-“We spread the message of Ben’s Bells across Tucson through fundraisers and volunteer events on and off campus!”

ZoomCats– “Teaching local kids about health and fitness through weekly running and physiology activities!”

What are you excited about getting involved with?

-Jarlene

#JumpStartJanuary: Making Healthy Choices

1 Feb

New year’s resolutions are very common among college students. This year I decided not to call it a “new year’s resolution.” I decided to call it a change in my health habits. I realized I was not taking care of my health and I needed to take care of it. Here’s what I did:

1.Sleep:

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Last semester I was always so busy. Honestly, I wasn’t as busy as I pretended to be because I would still stay up scrolling through my phone and watching Netflix. It has been three weeks since school started and, although I still scroll through my phone, I know that I have to be asleep by 10 to wake up at 6. I didn’t expect those eight hours of sleep allow me to wake up very energized and not grumpy, but it’s been great!

2. Eating habits:

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My eating habits have always been unbalanced. When I was in high school, I had less stress and more time to prepare my own food at home. Starting college I was so stressed to make my own food, so I started eating out a lot. The student union has a variety of foods, but I went towards the Panda Express, Burger King, and Pizza. Those foods are obviously unhealthy. By the end of the semester I had gained twenty five pounds. In three weeks, a lot has changed. I am making sure that I have a good breakfast, along with bringing lunch, and bringing two or three snacks for the day. So far I have lost ten pounds and it has made my bank account “healthy” too.

3. Physical Activities:

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Along with sleeping better and eating better, I have found a way to reduce my stress and help my health. I’ve been going to the Rec Center. We already pay for the gym here at the U of A, so why not go? I would always make the excuse that the gym is full or that I had too much homework to go. I decided to stop making excuses and I am now going in the mornings. Since my sleeping habits have changed I do not feel lazy to go. Yes, I am very busy, but I have found time to go to the gym at least one hour a day. My routine is thirty minutes of cardio and thirty minutes of weight lifting. This really help me with stress and it is healthy for me.

4. Drinking water:

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We all know that drinking water is essential for our health. Ever since I changed my sleeping habits, I don’t need as much coffee. I’ve replaced it with water. I especially need water because I am working out now. I have seen an improvement with my with skin. I make sure to bring a larger water bottle to school and fill it up during the day at least three times. Drinking water also helps me get full faster which helps me when trying to eat better.

As we all know being healthy is harder than it looks, but it is all about making it a habit. It takes twenty-one days to create a habit. Good Luck !

#DreadedDecember: Choosing Sides

25 Dec

Many don’t know the struggle when you’re in a separated-parent family. During the year it does get annoying, but it doesn’t compare to when holidays come around. Both your mom and dad expect you to spend time with them and you have to choose.

Thanksgiving: During Thanksgiving, there is the struggle that mom wants you to help her cook the turkey. You help her make the thanksgiving dinner and feel pride in what you have cooked, so you want to try it and end up eating two plates. Then, you get a call from you dad telling you that the turkey at his house is ready. As he is talking the only thing that comes to mind is that you are going to have to eat double. When you get to dad’s house your theory about eating double is proven right. Not such a bad thing, I guess.

Christmas: This holiday is supposed to  unite the entire family. When you come from a family with separated parents its not the case. Both parents want you to be at their houses on Christmas Eve. As the mature adult that you are, you come up with a plan which is to be at mom’s for Christmas Eve and to be at dad’s for Christmas Day. Things don’t work out like that because you have a boyfriend now and he wants you to be with his family as well. For two days you are trying to be in three different places at the same time. The other problem faced, is that things get expensive! You’re part of three celebrations and need to buy gifts for everyone. So your list is long and divided! Here’s a sneak peek at mine…

  • Mom’s family: Mom, step-dad, 2 half sisters, half brother, tia, tio, 15 cousins, nana, tata, and the puppy!
  • Dad’s family: Dad, step-mom, 2 half brothers, tia, tio, nana, tata, nephew, and 2 nieces.

New Years: I decide to ditch every one and leave to Mexico with my best friend. 😀

-Jarlene

#NovemberToRemember: Giving Back

17 Nov

Growing up, volunteering was very common for me. Sadly, entering my senior year that changed and I was caught up doing things like worrying about senior pictures, prom, and applying to different colleges. Nothing changed when I graduated, I still didn’t have time to give back to the community. I was now caught up with work and that “college life.”

This November, I finally had the opportunity to do something for others. I had to opportunity to be part of an event that took place in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico. Over four hundred people attended the event. As weird as it sounds, I was invited along with my puppet (I am a ventriloquist) to perform for the kids. Perlita and I shared a message on values and virtues. It was nice to see the kids’ faces and hear their side conversations as the ask things like “the puppet is talking.”  After I finished my presentation, kids lined up to take pictures with me and my dear friend Perlita.

This was a great experience and I look forward to helping out in events such as this one. Also, I truly recommend all of you to find events such as this and give back. You will realize that you will help yourself more than other people.

-Jarlene

Decorating Your Home

13 Oct

Decorating your dorm or apartment can either be very important to you or it might feel like more of a chore. To me it is something very important  because it is my space! It is one of the things that makes me feel like I have my life together and f eel comfortable. Here are some cheap decorations that can make your environment more comforting.

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This may not be a cheap option, but how cool is this?!

1. Your roommate and you may have different tastes, but try to come to an agreement and buy matching quilts or come up with a specific color theme. Color patterns always look awesome !

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2. Buy a few small (and adorable) items that add visual interest.

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3. Add a colorful rug to your space!

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4. Create a personalized mural. Confetti and fabric strips are some inexpensive suggestions, but you can also check out Pinterest for other ideas.

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5. Create stylish storage solutions that double as decorations.

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6. Make it feel like home by adding pictures.

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7. Create a message station to help communicate with roommates.

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8. Hide the eyesores to keep everything looking polished and organized.

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Have fun be creative!

-Jarlene