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#Wildcat Ready with Wildcat Connections

20 Jun
Read our latest edition of Wildcat Connections & be ready for your year ahead

Read our latest edition of Wildcat Connections & be ready for your year ahead!

Super Stellar Seniors

17 Jun

Senior year = fun year! We don’t mean for you to stop all your hard work. We hope that this year is the year you can let loose and begin to appreciate your dedication and everything that you’ve done. This is the year when your #WildcatReady state of mind can slowly transition into #BearDownLife.

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Start your University of Arizona Bucket List! You’ve proven that you have the skills to excel in the classroom. Now it is time to make sure you accomplish everything you sought out to do at UA. Have you been here for only four years and still never been to A-Mountain? Want to take that random Gen Ed you never had the time to take until now? Grab your friends and start an intramural team. Whatever it is…Do it now!

As as senior, your future road can lead to either Graduate/Professional school or entering straight into the workforce. Regardless, you can never be too prepared. At Career Services, for example, you can receive guidance on perfecting your application. Learn about the application timeline, standing out on your personal statement, and how to appropriately ask for letters of recommendation. Continuing your education is a great way to go!

Likewise, you can also utilize Career Services by practicing your interviewing skills. They’ll advise you on how to rock  your professional dress, how to talk to future employers about benefits, and  how to network your way to a job. The Career Fairs that the UA hosts are a great way to implement all of the concepts you’ve learned and prove what a stellar employee you would make at a company!

While you are attending Career Fairs and looking at prospective employers, start visualizing yourself in your first post-grad job. Whether it is in Tucson or across the globe, you will always be a part of the giant group of Wildcat Alumni. There are different alumni chapters everywhere, and they want YOU to become involved even after you’ve left the UA.

Finally, give back to the communities that helped you the most. Perhaps you’ve found a charity or organization with a mission that you are very passionate about. Take a few hours out of your week and volunteer. Also, perhaps you had some great mentors that helped you get through challenging times during the past few years. Be sure to take a minute to thank them and guide another underclassman to them that could use that same help.

Congratulations on getting this far, Wildcats!  You are definitely #WildcatReady for your future to begin!

Jumping Juggling Juniors

17 Jun

Don’t give up now…you’re half way there! Junior year is all about preparations for the future. What else could better describe the true meaning behind what it means to be constantly #WildcatReady!? You may feel that this year is all about jumping through hoops and juggling hundreds of things, and that may be true for you. Well, the Outreach Facilitators have devised some ways to make this year run as smooth as possible.

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Having a productive Junior year is the key to building a stellar resume. If you take a trip over to Career Services, they can help you format your resume and also help you identify areas you should dedicate time to improving. They may bring up ideas that you had never thought of before, or they may reiterate something that has been sitting on your to-do list since your first year at UA.

As a Junior, be consciously monitoring how you are connecting your daily activities with your potential career. Perhaps you’ve loved being involved in a club … now is the time to step-up and run for a leadership position. Additionally, find an internship that will allow you to shadow actual professionals in a career field that you are interested in.  Gain the related and transferable skills necessary to excel in your field.

Also, remember that networking is essential in today’s job market and having many connections is great! It is also important, however, to make a few professional relationships more meaningful. Working in a lab for two years or volunteering as a preceptor in a class you excelled in will prove to your mentors and potential future colleagues that you are a committed student. Professors that can demonstrate that they’ve known you for more than one year, in the classroom and in other settings, will write better letters of recommendation, and they will work to help you develop in more ways.

At this stage in your collegiate career, you should also be aware if you need to prepare to take any placement exams (LSAT, GRE, MCAT, etc). Students often begin studying over the summer before Senior year (sometimes even before that). Does cracking those study guide books out and incessantly reviewing flashcards sound like a chore? Well it is, but working hard now will pay off later. Higher scores not only improve your chances of admittance to post-baccalaureate programs, but they also improve your chances for scholarships and TA positions. For a fee, the ThinkTank offers preparation courses over the summer and in the fall.

Of course, taking and preparing for these tests requires quite a bit of dough (aka MONEY); therefore, this year you may be asking yourself how you will afford this and upcoming application fees? I highly advise that students find research labs to work in or utilize the Career Service’s Wildcat Student Employment Fair to find ways to earn more cash. Best of luck Wildcats, you are now #WildcatReady for your third year of college!

Supreme Sophomores

17 Jun

You conquered freshman year!  CONGRATS! While it may be nice to recuperate during the summer months, being #WildcatReady for the year to come is all about staying motivated and self-starting new things.  Thankfully, Outreach Facilitators are giving some tips on how to do just that!

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Hopefully, over the summer you are taking stock of what worked well for you last year and what didn’t. As the new semester begins, make the appropriate changes to ensure that you are giving yourself the opportunities to be your best self. Perhaps this means cutting down on how many hours you work, or this might mean not committing to another online class because it was too hard to motivate yourself to learn the material. Embrace the fact that you have your own learning and study styles, understand them, and then make the most out of them.

The most important thing to realize in college (and in life) is to be your own advocate. Take charge of your success. For example, go to professor’s office hours and find out why you made certain mistakes. Don’t wait for your academic advisor to contact you – make an appointment and go in prepared with questions or ideas about your class schedule. Get into that class you really want to take, even if you have to show up the first day with an Add/Drop form.  Take charge of your life because no one is going to do it for you.

This year is also a great time to start making good connections with faculty and staff. If you really click with a professor, ask more about the research they conduct or if they have suggestions for how to get more involved in your area of interest. These are the connections that will help you get future internships, guide you through the job search, and become very useful for references or letters of recommendation.

Wishing to explore the world? The UA has a great Study Abroad program that can make these dreams come true! Start thinking about where you’d like to visit and start budgeting for an experience of a lifetime!

Being #WildcatReady during your second year at the UA also requires you to answer some important questions. Throughout the year, seriously think about what kind of future your major offers you. Are these career paths of interest to you? If not, make a new map of your ideal career endpoint and consider what you need to get there. If you are confident with your major selection…AWESOME! Now ask yourself how do people succeed in this major and prepare themselves for graduation and beyond? Are you involved as you should be in your major? If not, now is a great time to change it!

 

Shout out to the ThinkTank for these awesome resources!

Fierce Fabulous Freshmen

17 Jun

For many students, starting freshman year in college can seem very intimidating. We start with goals, expectations, and a lot of excitement for the road ahead. In order to start the year off #WildcatReady and stay that way, Outreach Facilitators have some ideas on how to succeed through the triumphs and failures of college.

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First, students should evaluate what helped them succeed in high school and plan how to incorporate those things into their everyday life. Here at the UA, we encourage you to explore your campus! Collect different resources, clubs, and support systems to help make the most out of your college experience.

At Orientation you were handed tons of brochures and pamphlets about different programs and departments at the UA. Although they may seem like junk now, these are all important resources that are offered to help you out. Utilize these resources! How you implement and adapt your study strategies, preparations, and involvement efforts can have a major impact on how the next 4 years here will go. Also, if you don’t want to keep all those pamphlets, simply spend some time “liking” different pages on social media sites … you never know what may pop-up in your news feed!

Wildcats are constantly recognized for their achievements in community and campus involvement. Upon coming to such a huge campus, you realize very quickly how how many other students attend this institution. Joining a club or Greek Life are excellent ways to make the UA feel a little smaller.  Through ASUA, UA offers clubs that are academic, cultural, and recreational. So check it out!

Create a success team. Do you need tutors to help you ace that chemistry exam? Check out the ThinkTank, and utilize that extra help often. Perhaps you need more one-on-one guidance? UA offers wonderful programs like SSS/TRiO and Prodigy that include awesome peer-mentors and success workshops.

Being #WildcatReady is being brave. This means taking a class that interests you (even if it isn’t immediately relevant to your major), being the first to say hello to a fellow classmate, and going into your professor’s office hours when you don’t understand the class material. Your college experience is about taking chances. By doing so, you could find your new passion, a new study buddy, or a mentor willing to connect you to new opportunities.

        

Getting a Summer Job

16 Apr

After a long year at the University of Arizona, you may be looking at your bank account and wondering if you have been robbed.

The Office TV show: bankruptcy

We’ve all had that feeling, and maybe you are also being pressured by mom and dad, but a summer job is now looking like a great option to replenish your funds. Although it can be difficult to fathom a job search while finals are approaching, now is the time to act before all of the good  jobs are gone. Here are some ideas to keep in mind, whether you decide to stay in Tucson for the summer or go back home:

  • Look into Summer Camps for elementary school kids
  • Tutor for high school students preparing for their SAT
  • Become lifeguard certified and work at a local pool (bring your sunscreen!)
  • Scan over Craigslist for listings of  ‘temporary jobs’
  • Talk to your dentist, doctor, or other interested professional to shadow or intern (although you may not get paid, this is an excellent opportunity to put on your resume)
  • Check out summer positions on Joblink
  • Ask your local community center if they need extra help for summer events
  • Hopefully you left your high school job under good terms, so consider giving them a call and ask if they would be open to employing you for the summer

Polish up your resume (with the help of Career Services) and determine your dates of availability. Be aware that if you are looking for jobs out of town, you’ll need to let your managers know you’d need a phone interview. Best of luck!

“…but I took control of the situation…”

5 Apr

College students undergo many changes during their first-year in college. Many expect that all of them will happen immediately, when in reality, it is a long transition. One of the biggest transitions is learning to adjust to the new freedom that college brings from your parents. However, there are some of us for which, instead of growing apart, parents seem to be growing uncomfortably closer.

Chicken cartoon regarding personal responsibility

If this problem pertains to you, here are some questions to consider when trying to shift the base of power back to yourself and take care of the situation:

  • When I have an academic problem, what do I do? Your first inclination could be to call Mom & Dad, but first, step back and consider why? What can they do that you can’t? As a student, you are the one enrolled in classes, know the professors contact information, and are responsible for the class material. Once you realize how much control you have, you will also realize that you can handle it yourself. 
  • Are my parents “too” involved? This is a very serious question to consider: Are you uncomfortable with their level of involvement in your personal/school life? There are real consequences of having parents in “control” of your choices, such as depression, anxiety, and negative coping behaviors. Find the things you want control of, do your research, and present it to your parents to prove you are ready for your independence.
  • Freshman year was difficult. Will Sophomore year be different? Summer is a great time for advanced planning. Use your first-year experience to navigate the university. Determine what resources you neglected to use, or should have used more often, and plan on how you can incorporate them into your semester next year.

You’re on your way to being a fully independent adult, so make sure you take the steps to develop as an individual and take on more responsibilities like choosing your major, finding job opportunities, doing community service, etc. You can do it!

While You Were Watching Basketball…

5 Apr

The current buzz on campus is not coming from the bees near UA’s new spring flowers, but rather from the progress of students’ NCAA bracket. Although our basketball loss was tough last week, there are still many reasons to celebrate the accomplishments of our fellow UA Athletic teams. Here’s what you missed:

While you were watching basketball…UA Quad Rugby was kicking butt!

Quad Rubgy players on court

While you were watching basketball…UA Track & Cross Country got WILD! Cheer them on this Saturday while they host the Jim Click Shootout! Three cross country runners.

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While you were watching basketball…UA Softball kept fans on the edge of their seats!

Collage of softball pictures

While you were watching basketball…UA Men’s Swimming team broke records!

UA Men swimmer

As a fellow Wildcat, I am always proud of the things our student athletes do. Be sure to check out the schedules for different teams for there are many more sports and events to watch in the coming weeks!

Want to get more involved with our athletic teams on campus?  Join the Wildcat Club or ZonaZoo!

Spring Break Tips

26 Feb

Spring Break is fast approaching and many UA students are preparing for a well-deserved vacation. No matter where you go for the week, it’s important to keep these tips in mind for a fun (and safe) trip!

BEFORE YOU GO

1. Make copies: Be sure you’ve packed your passport, but make sure that you have copies of it, along with your plane confirmation and hotel information. This makes it easier in case things get lost.

Traveling-Abroad

2. Inform your parents of the plans: Although we love our independence, make sure to tell Mom and Dad where you are going, who you are going with, and for how long. They could be your best resource if something down the road goes sour.

3. Prepare your money: If you are traveling to places with a different currency, you get  the best deals at banks or exchange houses. Do not wait until you get to the airport! Also, carry around many small bills rather than big bills.

4. Do your research: Bring a map of the place you are visiting and know the laws. Don’t assume that the drinking age is lowered just because you are outside of the US. Knowing laws in other countries is also useful to avoid spending a night in jail.

PACKING LIST

1. Make room for sunscreen: Make the most of your vacation: avoid sun poisoning and sun burns by saving room in your luggage for a bottle of SPF 30 (or higher). Bringing Aloe Vera may also be helpful for the spots you missed.

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2. Safe sex is a must: Currently one out of five college students have an STD, that is one Spring Break souvenir that nobody wants. Take along birth control and condoms, even if you think you won’t need it.

3. Emergency Contact info: Bring your insurance card & driver’s license with you at all times. You should also write down your emergency phone numbers in case you lose your phone in the sand.

WHILE ON THE TRIP

1. Know the signs of dehydration: Dizziness, weakness, muscle spasms, passing out, confusion, dark urine …  If you notice these symptoms in yourself, make your next drink a tall glass of ice water!

2. Space and Pace: You can’t enjoy your cruise if you are too intoxicated. Be sure to eat while drinking and to swap out a non-alcoholic drink in between to save yourself a headache in the morning.

3. Buddy System: Keep tabs on your buddy and make sure to let each other know where  you are going at all times.

4. Be aware of strangers: Don’t give out your hotel information to people you don’t know. Don’t accept open containers from strangers and watch over your drinks.  Boys too – you are not immune to predators (male or female)!

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ENJOY SPRING BREAK 2013!

One Size Does Not Fit All

24 Jan

One of the most clichéd phrases I have received during my collegiate career was “get involved”. Ever since I took my first campus tour, and I still hear it now as a senior, people engrave into students’ heads that they must get involved on campus. Well, from my experience, this is much easier said than done.

As a first year student, I was not about to discredit this piece of advice, so I immediately got involved with clubs related to my major. My first month of meetings started as expected: I didn’t know a single person but assured myself that eventually these acquaintances will turn into friends. However, as time went on, things did not quite crack up to what I hoped it to be. The club was full of resume seekers that were oddly competitive with each other. People were cold and only there because they had to attend so many events. Later I applied for a student spirit club for freshman, but was not chosen to be in the exclusive spots.

Rejection sucked and I was sad because I wasn’t blending in. Looking around, everyone seemed to enjoy their clubs and kept busy with their new study buddies. I felt that if everyone else could get involved, why had I failed so miserably? Hope was lost because no one told me that getting involved would require so much perseverance.

After that experience, I was ready to give up on the whole “club” thing for good. However, students in my dorm started talking about applying to Sophomore Honorary groups. These organizations are made of diverse students with demonstrate high academic achievement, have their own philanthropy, and pride themselves on their UofA Spirit. The application required me to design a coversheet that represented my personality and unique interests. Later they also wanted an interview. It was very intimidating to feel so vulnerable in this situation, but I put forth my best effort. My hard work finally paid off, as it turned out I made it into both clubs! As a group we went to football games, volunteered on the weekends, and created friendships with different majors and backgrounds.  We came together because of our shared interests, rather than because we HAD to be there.

It was certainly a relief to find a group of students that I felt comfortable around. It took a while to realize that a rough start does not predict a rough ending. My new outlook empowered me to find my niche in not only my clubs, but through classes and work. My advice to you – as cliché it may be – is indeed to get involved. But be aware that involvement is allowed to look unconventional and may not be easy at first. Explore new ideas and interests and don’t be afraid to fail.

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