Hey guys! We’re a little into the semester now, and I just wanted to share some things that I do at the beginning of the year to give myself a strong start to the semester. If you feel like what you’re doing might not be working for you, check out some of the things I do to keep moving forward and on track!
You’re probably wondering how I’ve never lost my mind this semester over all the different deadlines. One good thing is that now that I’ve been through a few semesters, I think I finally have a grasp on the type of student I am and how I need to go about having a successful semester and finishing it strong!
I’m not sure if you are anything like me, but I need reminders 24/7! If i’m not looking at it, then it’s not on my mind anymore and I won’t remember to do it later. Something that I have integrated into my life is similar to a semester on a page, except that it’s a lot bigger and it’s in my room, so I am forced to look at it all the time. Not only do I have that made, I laid out my semester in my planner as well and I have important deadlines on my phone calendar too that reminds me two days before an assignment is due.
Something I already have done that ended up helping me a lot is setting up D2L to remind me of when I have quizzes and assignments due as well. Not only does D2L text me about deadlines, they also send me emails so there is no way for me to forget about it.
The thing with me is I always start out with good habits and being organized, but then the semester gets chaotic and I lose my way. These different ways of organization and reminders have helped me so far this semester and I’ve stuck to them pretty well! I hope you were able to take some ideas away from my chaotic mess and I hope the rest of your semester goes amazingly!
Hey everybody! It’s a new month and ASA was given another challenge to tackle! This month we had to do something adventurous, so I decided to go to Spring Fling and ride some rides because height has become a fear of mine as I have gotten old. But here is the thing. I like to do wild things, but when it comes actually doing the task, I will chicken out really quickly. I remember I decided to zip line one time and the guy working the zip line had to talk me into walking off the ledge because I was terrified. Anyways, if you want to find out how my first time going to Spring Fling was, please keep reading!
This is my second year at the UA but it was my first time going to Spring Fling and I was really excited. I haven’t ridden a carnival ride in years and I was getting really pumped to go! I went with my roommate and her friend and they were trying to get me to realize that the rides are not as happy and fun as the Ferris Wheel because for some reason that was the only image I had in my mind. Unfortunately, because of the long lines for everything, I was only able to go on three rides. Even though I was not able to experience all of the rides, I was able to realize the fear my roommate was trying to instill in me because the rides I was forced to go on were terrifying. I was only able to snap a picture of one ride from below it because things were hectic that night, but I will try to describe everything I went through.
I don’t know the name of the ride above but I can tell you it was the most scared I’ve ever been for anything in awhile. We went on Alien Abduction first to ease into the night and I thought I was going to be fine after that. But when we got closer and closer to the front of the line and I became tachycardic guys. My heart was pounding through my chest and I was sweating and I was regretting going on this ride. But we waited an hour in line so it was too late to back out. I can say though that I was really happy I did it because it was so much fun! The adrenaline rush helped me get through all the flips, twists and upside down moments that ride produced. I got off feeling dizzy but I was ready to take on anything!
I saw a couple of other friends who were in line for a green ride in the back that was kind of similar to the above ride expect it was faster, more twists and upside down moments and it was just scarier. This ride I really was not willing to go on because I was actually scared and I was full of fair food and I did not think things were going to go my way that night. We were actually the last group to go on the ride and they let us go through the ride twice and it was a lot of fun! I was just happy that I was able to hang out and do something fun with my friends while also bonding with them over terrifying carnival rides.
All in all, make sure to give yourself some time for fun as we head into finals season! It makes studying and life a lot more enjoyable overall!
Hello! If you are reading this then we are officially half way through the semester and that much closer to the end of the semester. But back to why I’m here, which was to say the theme of this month’s blog. The mentors this month were asked to write about how we were getting over the mid-semester blues. Normally being able to go home and see my family and friends is an amazing time and I thought I was going to do that. However I wanted to travel more this year and when my friend offered me the opportunity to go to Rocky Point with her and her friends, I couldn’t resist! I’ve discovered traveling and putting my focus on things other than academics really helps me clear up and remove any fog I have from tackling as much of the semester that I have.
If you are new to reading my blogs, then you might not know that I went to Peru over winter break. It was my first time ever in a country where I wasn’t fluent in the local language and it was such an amazing time. I got to see so many things I can’t see here in Arizona and I realized how much being in a place that I’m not familiar with relaxes me. It made me be more aware of my surroundings less on my phone (it sounds like I’m addicted to my phone but I swear it’s not that bad!)
What I’m most excited for is actually being able to do something fun and different this spring break. Normally I stay in my home city for spring break, which is a fine thing because there is so much to with my friends back home. However this time I get to be in a place I’ve never gone to before and be on the beach which are two things that can make my mood go from a 0 to a 10.
Honestly, the main thing I am excited about is to just focus my mind on other things than school and academics. I know it can be hard at times to remember that there are other things than homework that we could do so it can be tough to give yourself a break. I know I sometimes neglect this fact and it can be overwhelming at times. Just remember that it is OK to have fun and relax and give yourself a break! I hope your spring break was a very mellow one filled with nothing but zen and good times! Relax and come back strong Wildcats!
Staying in your home city for spring break? Feeling a little fear of missing out when you hear that your friends are going to cool places and you are “just going to stay home”? First of all, please stop feeling that FOMO because I have firsthand experienced it, but I still had so much fun. It’s still completely possible to make some exciting memories while also realizing that there is more than you could think of to do!
How I spent my spring break last year was really fun and it was in my hometown. I’m from the Phoenix area, but I never realized everything that goes on during the break. As you know, Phoenix is also known as the Valley of the Sun and it did not fail to live up to its name last year. It got pretty warm so my friends and I thought it would be fun to have a kickback in her backyard with a few other friends while we lounged around the pool. You don’t need to go to a cool place to have fun. Having my friends and blasting music while just catching up is an amazing time!
The great thing about March is although temperatures in the daytime can be horrifying, the temperatures early in the morning are not bad at all! Something I highly recommend is checking out some trails in an area you’ve never been to before. I forced my friend up early in the morning and we took a quick drive to Sedona and hiked a random trail in Slide Rock. It was so relaxing and the weather was nice up there and it was nice to just relax in nature. You don’t have to drive an hour and a half though to enjoy some cool views. Just hiking to a high place and watching the sunrise could be a great time while making memories and taking cool pictures as well.
Spring break also happens to fall in a time when cool things just happen around the town. There are St. Patrick’s Day celebrations going on downtown and different festivals happen too. Spring training games are a big thing in Phoenix and although baseball doesn’t peak my highest interest, it’s still a fun experience and I would recommend seeing if your hometown has anything like that going on as well! There are some cool movies coming out too. This could also be a great time to check out some random hole-in-the-wall places that you could tell all your friends to check out when they have a chance.
The whole point of this was to emphasize that there is a lot that can be done in your hometown for spring break. You don’t have to go somewhere cool to be able to have a good time and make amazing memories. Spring break is a time to hang out with friends and family and give yourself a break from school. Relax and enjoy the time off and come back with the mindset ready to end the semester successfully!
Hey, there! It’s a new month which means it’s time to try something different. This month we were given the topic of trying something fearless and outside of our comfort zone. Something I was kind of always hesitant on was trying out an escape room. I always thought they seemed interesting but I’m such a stressed out person and only having an hour to try and “escape the room” seemed a bit scary to me. But I thought it would be fun to go with a fellow Peer Mentor Alyssa, with the same hesitations, to come and check one out with me.
We decided to go check out a place called Escape Room Tucson, and we have no regrets! Because we don’t want to give away any spoilers, we’ll be giving you a general idea of what happens but can’t give out any specific information about the actual room and how we went about it.
To start everything off, getting to the actual escape room was not a difficulty. It was convincing Alyssa that the room wouldn’t be that unbearably hard and it would be fun and were very capable of completing it! We were also already there so we had to do it.
The theme of our room was Bomb Squad, so hopefully, that gives you guys an image of what we were going to experience. If you know anything about escape rooms, then you know that the whole point is to get out within the time limit they give you, which was an hour for us. This time limit is what really made us freak out. As soon as we got in and saw the timer start to count down, we started to panic. It’s also kind of hard because we didn’t know where to start and having the concept of a timer working against us did not help either. We kind of just started doing random things hoping that it would eventually lead us to the first clue but we ended up needing a clue to help us find it. Once we found it, we kind of figured out how to think the way they wanted us to think to find the clues. We got really close to figuring out the next piece but needed a clue again to find the clue the right way. We finally were on a roll but we ran out of time before we could complete it! I was really disappointed that we didn’t get to finish and escape the room and I think if we had maybe even ten more minutes, we would have been able to do it. But I was also so proud that the two of us, who were scared of attempting the room in the first place, got as far as we did!
Overall, I had an amazing time and I highly recommend checking one out! It really helped us think in a way we normally don’t and helped me at least become a little bit more creative when it comes to the way I go about situations now. I also got to know Alyssa a lot more and am so happy because she’s AMAZING! I hope this inspires you guys to try something you’d be a little skeptical on and end up doing something you normally wouldn’t do!
If you’re ANYTHING like me, then you’re kind of awkward when it comes to meeting new people. By awkward, I don’t mean that I’m quiet and shy, I tend to over talk and say way too much to someone I just met. But how I introduce myself is a different story, I should probably talk about how I met them!
Meeting new people in college can sometimes be intimidating. When I started college, I had a couple really good friends from high school that I made my comfort zone. But the thing about college is that this is the time to break free and explore new things. I loved my friends but it was hard because we didn’t live in the same dorm or have the same majors so just being with them all the time was hard. So like all of us have to do at some point, I had to go outside my comfort zone and start meeting new people.
A couple ways I have made amazing friendships is by meeting people in my dorm. Although life can be busy, my dorm mates lived in the same place I did so it was easy to see and hang out with them. If you live off of campus, a great way I found to meet new people was by getting a job on campus. You typically work with other students so you can bond while working and end up making a friend you can hang out with outside of class as well.
Speaking of class, this is where you, well at least I, have met so many amazing friends! Class friends are easy to make because you usually have similar goals and you bond over how difficult the class is. You see them every time you go to class and you end up helping each other out and being each other’s support systems as well! The way I met my best friend in college was when he poked me and said that I was his lab partner. And now almost 2 years later, he’s still in my life to annoy me every day.
There are so many ways to meet new people, from school, work, and clubs. You could volunteer, travel abroad, or be in Greek life… I can promise you the ways are endless. Get involved and you’d be amazed at how many interesting people there are to meet!
I hope this gave you some ideas on broadening your friend circle and I hope you make some friendships that last a lifetime!
It’s a new month which means it’s time for a new challenge. As you guys probably know by now, the Peer Mentors are challenged to do something different every month and this month we had to do something that we are dreading to do. The one thing that I am dreading to do but literally have to do is pack for my trip to Peru which is in less than two weeks!
I know, I’m going to Peru which I am so excited for because it’s summer over there and I need to get out of these cold temperatures STAT, but packing for such a semi-long trip is kind of frightening. I’m going to volunteer as part of a clinical medicine program and I am really excited. Even though I’ll be in uniform for most of the trip, I need to pack for every situation possible. I need to figure out what I’ll be needing during my weekend trips and I need to know how much everyday stuff I need to bring.
This isn’t my first time packing for a long trip, but the last time I did pack was over 6 years ago and my needs have changed. I’m not sure if you guys remember but I also plan for every situation that could possibly (but probably not) happen, which is probably another reason why I am dreading packing so badly. But I have started my checklist and if I start early and not wait until last minute, then hopefully it won’t be as bad as it could be if I did.
I hope you guys have an amazing winter break and I hope if you take anything away from this or anything I’ve said this semester, don’t procrastinate because it leads to freaking out and why do that when you can plan early!
The time if finally here you guys! The time for cramming for all of the finals that are slowly creeping up on us. I know this can be a very stressful time, especially if this is your first time experiencing finals seasons! My first advice is hopefully you’ve allotted yourself enough time to not have to cram so you can properly prepare for your exam. My second advice isn’t really advice but some snacks that perfectly go along with studying because they are so convenient. It can be easy to forget to do anything but study when you’re in the zone, but these are really simple to make and make studying not as bad!
5 Snacks That Can be Made in 5 Minutes or Less:
- Toasted Peanut Butter and Jelly with Banana
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are so underappreciated. They are so easy and fast to make and always hit the spot. I like to toast the bread and add some banana to make it feel like I’m having something a little extra special.
- Hummus and Vegetables
Hummus might be the best thing invented. This stuff can go on everything and it comes in so many different flavors, it’s hard to get bored of it. I love to pair this with veggies like carrots and snap peas to carry me along as I study.
- Yogurt with Fruit
Something I always like to have in the fridge is a huge tub of plain vanilla yogurt. When I know I have a lot going on and won’t have time to make a meal, I like to get some yogurt and add some fruit and honey to it. It always fills me up and is the perfect sweet treat to motivate you to keep studying hard!
- Apples with Peanut Butter and Granola
Cut up some apples and add some peanut butter and you have the easiest snack ever to help you study. But if you want to get a little fancy with it and up the yum factor, trying slicing the apples horizontally and make little apple peanut butter sandwiches. You can even put granola on the sides of the sandwich where the peanut butter is sticking out to add some extra crunch!
This is probably the easiest snack you can make because the blender does all of the work. If you have random fruits and vegetables lying around, make a smoothie! I like to buy frozen fruit so I can just add them directly into the blender and won’t have to add ice that could potentially water down the smoothie. There is also no way to mess this up because you can add anything you like to these!
I hope you guys liked some of the things I listed and I hope you all do amazing on your finals. I know this can be a stressful time, but remember to take care of yourself! Stay active and eat healthy food and the end of the semester will be here before you know it!
November went by so incredibly fast but it was a very eventful month. The Peer Mentors were challenged to do something memorable this month so I decided to talk about my first time going bridesmaid dress shopping.
My brother and his fiance are getting married next May and when Arielle, his fiance and my soon to be sister-in-law, asked me to be the Maid of Honor at their wedding, I was ecstatic! By ecstatic, it was a typical screaming, jumping, OMG of course kind of moment. This all happened a few months ago during the summer. Now time is winding down and wedding planning is a lot of work and effort. There are so many details that go into it but that is another story for another day!
This past three-day weekend, I went bridesmaids dress shopping with Arielle and the rest of the bridal party and it was really fun. Not as fun as the wedding dress shopping was, but this was still a pretty cool experience. It was like prom shopping all over again! I tried on so many dresses and honestly, they were actually really cute and flattering and not the stereotypical awful bridesmaid dresses you usually see in the movies! Arielle has two Maid of Honors, one being me and the other being a Matron of Honor who is her best friend. She, unfortunately, was not in the state so she couldn’t attend, but she was spammed in the group chat so she knew what was happening every moment as well.
We all tried on a variety of gowns and it was decided that the maids of honors were going to wear long flowy gowns while the bridesmaids would wear shorter dresses. The original plan was to have all of us wear slightly different dresses to show off our unique personalities. However, we were able to find a specific dress that not only flattered us all, but it came in a long and short style! The even better part is one of her colors are mint and that color looked amazing on all of us. The best part of this entire experience is Arielle is so low stress and she has not entered the Bridezilla phase at all which is what is making this experience so awesome for me!
I don’t have a picture of the dress we ended up choosing, unfortunately! Now that we have our dresses picked out, the next phase of wedding planning is starting. I’m so excited to see everything that has taken so much time and effort to do be completed and executed.
So ASA decided to be a little wild and do something that’s totally out of our everyday norms. Some people came up with some really out-there ideas and I thought that maybe I should watch a scary movie by myself. You might be thinking, what’s the big deal about watching a scary movie by yourself? A little information about me is that I’m actually terrified of everything and I can’t watch a scary movie by myself to save my life. The last scary movie I watched was The Conjuring 2 and I actually held onto my friend’s hand the entire time. So when I emailed my idea to my supervisor and she said it was okay, I obviously started to freak out because now I have to commit!
I decided to watch Blair Witch Project because I never watched the first one and I assumed it was a remake. Clearly I was wrong because it’s kind of a sequel to the first movie. I promise I won’t give away any spoilers from either movies but I would recommend to watch the original Blair Witch Project first because then the second movie will make A LOT more sense!
So starting from the beginning, going to the movies by myself was really weird. I don’t know why I feel like you can’t go to the movies by yourself, but I guess it wasn’t too bad. I’ve bought a movie ticket by myself before while I waited for my friend so it wasn’t too drastically different. Sitting down and waiting through the trailers by myself was also weird because this is the time I usually talk to my friend and goof off and catch up with them. But it wasn’t too bad because I was just on my phone the entire time to take away from my own awkwardness. The movie soon started and then I started to freak out again because I wasn’t prepared for what was about to happen. Most of the movie was okay. There was a part that really freaked me out because the characters were really confused about this certain thing that was going on and no one was believing them about what was going on.
I went to an early showing so it wasn’t too late when I got out which helped prevent me from being scared afterwards. I probably won’t ever watch a scary movie by myself again because I need to grab on to someone as I freak out, but I would watch a normal movie! This experience helped me get over my fear of doing things by myself and I am happy I did it. I also got to watch a good movie and just have some time to myself to relax. Overall I think this was a pretty good experience!