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#MightyMay: Toasting in Style

4 May

I decided to end my hectic sophomore year in style! I planned on ringing in the summer months by gettin’ fancy and sharing a meal with friends. We won’t be seeing each other over the long summer break, so it was a great opportunity to get together one last time before then.  Seeing as final exams and projects have got us all drained, it was good to take our noses out the books for a night.

As the planner of the event, I decided that we were going to gather at an upscale pan-Asian restaurant. None of my friends had been there before, but everyone was delighted and satisfied after their meals. We made a grand toast to say farewell to the semester, and we mingled at the table for a few hours. After sharing many laughs and life updates, we parted ways for the evening. I couldn’t think of a better way to end the school year!

-Leylah

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5 Ways to Eat Smarter During Finals

17 Apr

We’ve all been there. Finals are around the corner, and seeing as you can’t seem to find the time to eat, you grab a candy bar from the U-mart. You start to replace your daily water needs with coffee and sugary energy drinks–you’re a mess.

If you plan ahead and plan smart, there are ways to avoid the malnourished jitters many people get when finals come creeping around the corner. Here are five ways to eat smarter (and feel better!) during Finals Week:

1. Make breakfast your new study buddy.

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No– not a donut and coffee. I mean real deal, protein, calcium and fiber-filled breakfast goodness. You need the nutrients to stay active and full longer. Try making a yogurt parfait with blueberries– they are a well known antioxidant. Bottom line: eat breakfast, you’ll thank me later.

2. Snack Smart! 

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Cut out the potato chips and candy, and switch to wholesome snacks like a banana with peanut butter, almonds, or Greek yogurt with honey.

3. Eat Regularly.

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Give yourself a break from the library and eat at appropriate intervals! Don’t skip meals for studying or sleep. A well balanced meal and a full tummy can ward off the junk food munchies.

4. Stock up on fruits and veggies. 

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Got bananas? Strawberries? Carrots? Good. Now you’re ready to replenish your brain with some super food! Raw fruits and vegetables are high on your must-have list for a well balanced diet–plus they are known to be one of the best foods for optimum brain activity.

5. Stay well hydrated.

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In the end, all you need is just a little discipline! Remember, your physical nourishment heavily affects your mental nourishment, and your body will thank you in the long run. Now go and kick butt during Finals Week!

-Leylah

Adventurous April: Road biking

16 Apr

Last weekend I had one goal: to successfully travel through traffic on my bike for the first time. Now this may seem trivial for some, but as a rather clumsy person who fears driving in traffic in general, it is quite an accomplishment.

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Honestly, I never desired to use my bicycle anywhere except for the sidewalk and isolated bike paths in parks, but I was highly encouraged by my boyfriend, an adventurous cyclist. We decided to bike downhill traveling in the bike lane from my apartment on the west side of Tucson to the University of Arizona. He said this was not a very strenuous ride since it is slightly downhill, and it would help me get used to biking alongside moving vehicle traffic. In any case, I was still petrified that I would get hit by a car.

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During the entire experience, he rode at a safe distance behind me. The bike ride took approximately thirty minutes with stop signs, stop lights, and other traffic. Though I was completely terrified the entire time, I can finally say that I’ve used my bike in the busy road! I also got quite a bit of exercise in by doing so!

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-Leylah

#MiddlingMarch: Study with a Buddy to Survive Midterm Madness!

11 Mar

It’s the week before Spring Break, and you’re almost to the half-way mark, when all of the sudden, WHAM! Midterm madness crashes down on you. Maybe you were blindsided by this, maybe it was an ambush–all you know is that a pile of midterms are blocking your way to sand and sunshine.

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If you’re like me, at this point you’ll start to panic. Maybe even hyperventilate a little.

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But don’t grab that brown paper bag just yet! From personal experience, I have a solution to your panic and anticipated isolation problem: study with a buddy! This idea may seem rudimentary, but studying with, or simply next to someone of your choice can be more reassuring and less daunting than doing all of that studying on your own in seclusion. We sometimes lose ourselves during the period of midterm madness, but having another human being by your side can really anchor you back to reality and give you at least a little peace of mind.

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Trust me, that’s how I got over this month’s middling midterms!

-Leylah

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5 Steps to Prepare for Fall Registration

6 Mar

It’s that time of the semester again everyone! In between studying for midterms and planning for your spring break, be sure to make some time for advisor appointments, and perhaps even take a peek on UAccess to shop around for next semester classes. Here are some simple steps you can follow to appropriately prepare for Fall 2015 registration:

Step 1: Check requirements and Advisement Report on UAccess

The following image shows you how to access your Advisement Report from UAccess:

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Ask yourself the following general questions upon entering UAccess:

Is my Bursar’s paid in full with a $0 balance? (I cannot register otherwise!)

How many credits have I completed so far?

How many am I willing to complete or wish to complete this upcoming semester?

Have I completed all of my general education requirements?

Once you answer these crucial questions by looking through your Advisement Report, you can start exploring what classes you still need to fulfill major, minor, or gen ed. requirements.

Step 2: Browse UAccess & explore the playing field

The next step to a well planned new schedule is to browse through classes that fulfill particular requirements or interests. You can write them down, put them in your shopping cart if it is open, or you can choose to put them in your online planner through UAccess.

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Below is an example of how to add a class to your planner or look at available open sections:

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Step 3: Schedule to see your advisor 

This step is important to prepare for in advance. Write down any lingering questions you may have after exploring your Advisement Report on UAccess. Know what you are going to talk about before your meeting to avoid forgetting to hit certain points and ramble during your meeting. Bring a notepad and paper to take notes on what is discussed.

To make an appointment with you Advisor, go to http://advising.arizona.edu/ 

From the Academic Advisor Directory on the webpage, you can find your advisor By College or By Major.

Step 4: Confer with family, friends, and loved ones

Feel free to seek out the opinions and reinforcement of your family and friends regarding your schedule. However, you should remember that in the end you must make appropriate decisions and adjustments in your own best interest.  

Step 5: Mark your calendar for your cohort’s priority registration dates! 

Again, make sure your Bursar’s on UAccess is paid in full (and that you do not have any holds) before registration opens up. You will not be able to register for classes until this is completed. 

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Fall 2015 Priority Registration:

March 23 – 29, 2015 Athletes, Veterans plus their dependents using GI Bill® benefits, junior Honors students, and senior Honors students – You will be able to register beginning at 6am on 3/23/15 through 8pm on 3/29/15.
   
March 30, 2015 Medicine, pharmacy, and graduate (degree seeking and non-degree seeking) students – You will be able to register beginning at 6am on 3/30/15 and will have continuous access through the first week of classes.
   
March 30 – April 5, 2015 Seniors, post-baccalaureate education certification students, freshman Honors students, and sophomore Honors students– You will be able to register beginning at 6am on 3/30/15 through 8pm on 4/5/15.
   
April 6 – 12, 2015 Juniors and National Student Exchange students – You will be able to register beginning at 6am on 4/6/15 through 8pm on 4/12/15.
April 13 – 19, 2015 Sophomores – You will be able to register beginning at 6am on 4/13/15 through 8pm on 4/19/15.
   
April 20 – 26, 2015 Freshman – You will be able to register beginning at 6am on 4/20/15 through 8pm on 4/26/15.
   
April 27, 2015 Registration open to all degree seeking continuing students for registration, adds, drops, and changes.
   
April 29, 2015 Registration open to all degree seeking readmits and transfer students for registration, adds, drops, and changes.
   
August 17, 2015 Registration open to all non-degree seeking undergraduate students.

Courtesy of: http://registrar.arizona.edu/schedule2154/rsvp/rsvp.htm

Good luck with registration everyone!

-Leylah

#FearlessFebruary: Lost at Such Great Heights

17 Feb

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For #FearlessFebruary I decided to conquer my fear of heights and made plans with my friends to hike at Gates Pass in Tucson. The days counting down to this monumental hike were slow and agonizing– All I could think about was steep cliffs and falling down them for days. This was my biggest fear actually–not the height part, but the falling part.

On a cool Sunday morning, four friends and I ventured into the desert paths to get in some good quality exercise. The first part of the hike was rather steep for me, and I needed to have someone hold my hand when my nerves got the best of me. After about an hour into the hike, I got more used to the cacti littered surroundings and began conquering my fears on my own. After another hour, my friends and I noticed something drastically different about the trail. It was getting harder and harder to dodge random shrubbery and dead cacti–an unusual occurrence for a man made trail. a half hour into this odd trail, we realized that it really wasn’t a trail at all– we were following a dried up wash. Having gone too far in the wrong direction, we we were completely lost. There were no man made trails in sight.

We wandered for about another hour until one of my friends decided to cut through the unkempt desert to try and find our way back to the beginning of the trail. On this somewhat dangerous route, all of my friends and I were injured by jumping cacti (They were littered everywhere–there was almost no way to avoid coming in very close proximity to them). Limping the rest of the way back, we finally found the man made trail to take us back to our starting point.

At the end of the hike, we ended up hiking for an unexpected three and a half hours. I had never been happier to see asphalt in my life. Funny enough, I ended up conquering two fears that day: my fear of heights, and my fear of being lost in the desert.

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-Leylah

#JumpStartJanuary: Supply Shopping

15 Jan

I’d like to start off by saying that college breaks are great–nay, awesome. College is most likely the last time of our lives where we have extended periods of free time with no worries or work to do (I mean seriously guys, we will never probably have this much downtime to ourselves again). With that said, it is perhaps our duty as college kids to dawdle and have as much fun as possible during these breaks.

These gloriously long break periods we get over the summer and winter months however, can take a toll on us all as we may creep back into the new semester with our old, lazy, uninspired habits.

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If you’re like me, after every long college break, you have something I like to call “Vacation-brain.”

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Being diagnosed with vacation-brain can be dangerous seeing as every new semester comes with a fresh workload, and boy does it come by fast. Being an expert in my personal case of vacation-brain, I’ve found a way to combat the slow fade into oblivion: by supply shopping.

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It may seem juvenile, but buying new materials for academic purposes (or simply the distraction of pretty colors) can ease you back into your study routine. Here’s my list of school supplies that kicked my butt back in gear:

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-Leylah

#DreadedDecember: Stressed, Depressed, but Still Well Dressed!

10 Dec

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December is a pretty busy month for all of us at the university, as we all scramble to finish up our last assignments, study for finals, and read those darned books that were assigned at the beginning of the semester (*Cough* that have been perhaps collecting dust). Aside from the academic stress, I had a whole other dreaded task on my mind: clearing out my closet and making my annual decisions on what parts of my wardrobe I want to keep, and what parts I want to give away (*wince*).

Now this is a hefty task you see, because I really do have an overflowing wardrobe…

Since I am an avid traveler and have homes on two different sides of the globe, I have enough clothes, shoes, and accessories to fill two different wardrobes. In reality, with all my traveling, I need to pack lightly–so I’m determined to continue keeping a clean and organized space for the sake of my overflowing drawers and closet space. Besides, in the end when I make space in my closet, I get to bring in the new year with some new clothes!

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-Leylah

My November to Remember: A Mini College Thanksgiving

24 Nov

Everyone knows that by the time Halloween ends and November rolls around, we all start unbuttoning our jeans (erm, perhaps even start tipping the scales) for the holiday season. Along with some college friends and roommates, I decided to make my #NovembertoRemember about my very first potluck gathering.

This all came about when a friend of mine had the idea to have a pre-Thanksgiving gathering on Veteran’s Day with all our friends since everyone would be apart for the actual holiday. I’ll tell ya– this was a most yummy and fantastic idea indeed!

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Being one of few of my friends with experience in the kitchen, I provided two of the main dishes: Meatballs, and Pasta with broccoli and broccoli sauce. I also made a fairly large Mediterranean salad, and chocolate chip pumpkin bread from scratch!

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Others brought foods like: Chili, baked biscuits, mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, stuffing, and snowball walnut-chocolate chip cookies.

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At the end of evenings all our tummies were beyond full, and we had a wonderful feast!

~Leylah

Conquering Time Management: A Personal Success Story

21 Nov

Some people think taking on 19 credit hours, a year long internship, as well as juggling a job 5 days a week is an impossible endeavor. How could you possibly have the time to do all that? How could I possibly manage my time well enough to actually succeed in all my classes, my internship, and a paying job? In all honesty, there is no easy way or secret formula–it’s all about mastering my time management skills.

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Trust me, this took many years of practice and self discipline, but I can most certainly say that I would not be as successful as I am in college without this vital skill. I always had the drive to push myself and allow myself to utilize my time to the fullest and in the most efficient manner.

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For me, time-management has never merely been about planning or keeping a planner (aka my holy book), but it’s about personal drive, a vision, and goals. I challenge myself periodically and take the process of self-improvement head on. It’s what encourages me to get out of bed in the morning really–the idea that I, as an independent young thinker and doer, have the power to make the things I want in my life happen for myself–it gives me the feeling of ultimate accomplishment.

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Indeed, I am a bit of an overachiever, even a micromanaging perfectionist if you will, but these harrowing traits of mine have always led me to maximizing my chances for success in higher education and the future. In the end, I can proudly say that I successfully maintain a 4.0 GPA, give quality analyses within my internship, and exhibit a positive and attentive attitude in the workplace.

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~Leylah Hadrovic

Sophomore, ASA Peer Mentor