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Let’s Get Crafty!

23 Jun

It’s time to get crafty! Getting down with some arts and crafts is a great way to freshen up old decor, discover new talents you may have, and it’s just a nice fun way to relax. For your use, we complied some great craft ideas (with the links attached for instructions) from Pinterest that you can get creative with this summer!

Bring your plastic drawers to life.

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Keep your roommates up to date on your status with a cute clock. 

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Become an artist by designing your own mugs!

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Summer Bucket List

9 Jun

Summer is the time to break out of your comfort zone and explore new horizons! Plus, for most of us summer actually gives us the free time to do all those things, so why not? Whether you are staying in Arizona over the summer or not, I encourage you to try something new! For myself, I have made this bucket list which I plan to complete by the end of summer.  Luckily, Arizona is perfect to get you outdoors!

1. Go Horseback Riding 

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2. Visit the Grand Canyon

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3. Try Hot Air Ballooning

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4. Jet Ski at Roosevelt Lake

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5. Experience a Pink Jeep Tour Ride

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6. Fly from a Zip-line

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7. Explore Colossal Cave

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At the end of the day when you take a moment to look back on all that you have done, what will your life be fulfilled with? Making a bucket list can be a great way to accomplish all the memorable experiences you wish.

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Study Abroad Prep Tips

30 May

This summer, I will embark on a journey I would have never thought possible for me, I will be studying abroad in Germany! Studying abroad during my college career let alone visiting Europe had only seemed like a dream to me. But, I’ve learned that if you work hard to reach your dreams, they will come true, and I have never been so excited for anything! However, there is a catch. You need to make sure you are fully prepared before taking on an adventure abroad.

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Before getting to the fun part of studying abroad, you have to do the not so fun stuff first, and preparing for the trip is definitely a process. If you are interested in studying abroad, here are some tips I think will benefit you in preparation:

1. Pay attention to deadlines and start in advance! Each study abroad program will have specific deadlines for when things need to be completed by like purchasing your airfare, getting your passport, and much more. Missing deadlines can be a big deal and could jeopardize your chance to study abroad, so make sure to stay on top of things! Also, you want to make sure to begin the application process at least a semester in advance. Doing so will give you enough time to fully prepare everything you need.

2. Know your finances. Firstly, you want to find a program that is in your price range. Although everyone would like to go to London, it is also very expensive so considering other locations can be very helpful. Look into the total cost of your program which will include housing, tuition, airfare, food, and extra expenses to see how much you need to budget for. If you cannot afford the total cost, consider reaching out to family members for help, looking into scholarships and grants, and compare rates of different loans. Doing research on your finances will help you determine which programs are realistic and how you will be able to cover it all.

3. Do research of your host country. It will be very easy to get caught up in the excitement before studying abroad. However, there are a lot of little things you might not even consider but are very important to be aware of. For example, Europe has a different electrical system than here in America, so you would need to buy a plug adapter in order to charge your electronics. Another thing is that in Germany they don’t give you plastic or paper bags at grocery stores, so you will need to provide your own cloth bags to grocery shop. Knowing the little things like that can really save you from looking too much like tourist. Lastly, get to know the customs of the country. Find out what is respectful in that culture. Although some characteristics and norms are okay here, they may be considered rude and offensive somewhere else.

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To be honest, you will end end preparing everyday until you depart for your trip like I have. But, overall I believe this experience will be truly life changing. I have never been outside of the country before, so for my first experience out of the states to be in Europe is very special to me. While I will be focusing on my studies at the university in Germany, I will be able to experience the culture, food, and way of life there as well. The world is such a big place, why not go and see it! I hope to encourage you all to take that leap out of what you are familiar with and go explore somewhere new!

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5 Easy Ways to Relax

15 May

Summer is finally here! After putting a year’s worth of hard work in, make sure to get some YOU time this summer and relax! Relaxing can be very easy to do, but I think when we get caught up in the school year we forget how important it is to take some time to wind down. I understand it is hard to have the time to do so, and that is exactly why you need to use summer to your advantage. Whether it is sleeping in, reading a book, doing yoga, it is time to refresh! For your enjoyment, I have made a list of 5 easy things you can do to relax!

1.  Deep Breathing Exercises

Deep breathing is a great way to relax the mind and body. Taking 5 minutes a day to focus on your breathing and lowering your heart rate can have great significant outcomes on your overall health.

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2. Scrapbooking

Even though scrapbooking might be a little old-fashioned, it is still such a relaxing and rewarding activity. There is no limit as to how creative you can get with your scrapbook, let your imagination run wild!

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3. Take a Bubble Bath

Pretty easy way to relax right? Just fill up your tub with hot water, and add a bath bomb and light some candles if desired!

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4. See a Movie

Taking a moment to sit down and watch a movie is a great way to escape reality and get lost in a film. Usually, movie theaters will have a discount for students or have a discount at certain times, so buying a ticket shouldn’t break the bank. But if anything, you can always just watch a movie at home!

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5. Explore Nature

This is my number one go-to. There is nothing more relaxing than becoming one with nature. Go for a hike, enjoy the scenery, and appreciate all mother nature has to offer!

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#AdventurousApril: The Mach 1

19 Apr

If you couldn’t tell by now, I’m all about individual development and personal growth. With that being said, what better way to spread your wings than to face your fears! Although I am not completely scared of heights or being swung around in the air, there are still some carnival rides I have refused to try because they just seem utterly terrifying. So for this Adventurous April, I decided to go to spring fling and try a carnival ride that I have been too scared to try since I was tall enough to enjoy the big kid rides, the Mach 1.

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Once I arrived at spring fling, I had a game plan to spark up my courage by going on semi-intimidating rides first. Beginning with zipper, then the G-force, leading to the ride Insanity. None of those rides were scary to me at all, I just found them to be extremely thrilling. Luckily, my friends and I got there early enough that we only had a 20-minute wait for these rides. After that, it was time to ride the biggest, baddest one of them all -the Mach 1. Although I just wanted to get this ride over with as soon as possible, I ended up waiting one hour until it was finally my turn. (Below is not a picture of me, but this is what the ride is really like.)

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All I have to say is, the Mach 1 is by far the scariest but most thrilling ride I have been on. Compared to the others, this ride actually feels like you are flying, for real. Though even with the nose dives, falling upside down, spinning at fast speeds, I do have to say that ride wasn’t all that bad after all. I probably will even go on it again! In the end, you realize facing your fears isn’t so bad after all. You’ll never know what you are capable of until you try, so do what scares you most! Who knows, you might even become fearless after all.

-Shannon

An Open Mind Opens Doors

7 Apr

Now that it is my third year at the university, I’ve come to learn a few things about managing my life as well as growing as an individual. While both of these aspects can be interrelated, what has helped me as a college student is being able to say yes to more opportunities. The more tasks I take one, I realize I am capable of doing more. Which is ironic because when I look back to freshman year, I was taking on a lot less and I had thought there was no time in the world to do everything that needed to be done. Doing more without overworking myself is what has helped me stay on the right track throughout my college career and is what I am doing to create a better future for myself.

Learning how and when to say yes to new opportunities can open many incredible doors in the future. I’m not saying you should say yes to every single opportunity that comes your way, but that you should keep an open mind and put yourself out there more often! Whether you’re thinking about joining a club, applying for a new job, or looking for an internship, you have to shoot for the stars! Whatever you do, don’t limit yourself. Go for your goals!

Trying new things may feel uncomfortable at first. But, it is the best thing you can do for yourself. Even taking baby steps can make a difference! For example, say maybe there is a school club that keeps trying to reach out to you, and you keep telling them you’re not interested (even though you are you just don’t want to go to the meeting at 7pm). Go attend the meeting for the first time! Who knows, you may really enjoy it and end up sticking with it! If not, at least you can say you tried. You can make new friends, further your career, and make amazing memories by just taking a little risk of coming out of your comfort zone. I promise you will thank yourself later!=

-Shannon

#MiddlingMarch: Treat Yourself!

5 Apr

When you’re up late nights and early mornings working hard to get A’s in school, it can become exhausting to stay motivated to the end of the semester. I’m sure you would agree with me that taking a well-needed break is crucial in order to get over the mid-semester hump. Well, I am a firm believer that you should treat yourself for the hard work you do during the semester to keep yourself motivated through the difficult times. Work hard and player harder, am I right? To make it through the rest of this semester, I decided to use this spring break to my full advantage by spending my free time to catch up/get ahead on school, but also to visit California and soak up some sun at the beach!

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It may not seem very reward worthy, but being able to get some spring cleaning done and catch up with school work was very satisfying. During school, I usually never have the quality time I need to get these things done. So for the first half of my break, I cleaned every inch of my room and now I actually know where everything is (finally). Also, during school, I feel it is so hard to keep up with everything and I even end up playing catch-up when assignments start to build up. So, being able to get some readings done for my classes along with starting the essays I had due coming back from break was nice. Funny as it is, this was a great start to my spring break vacation. But, the real enjoyable part comes from taking a break from all my responsibilities for a few days.

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For the last three days of spring break, I spent my time on the beach in San Diego, California. And let me just say it was AMAZING. Although it was foggy most of the time, there is nothing more relaxing to me than laying on the sand, listening to the waves crash, and smelling the ocean. I may have enjoyed being productive the first days of break, but being on the beach was what I needed to take a step back from all my responsibilities for just one moment and free my mind. During these three days, I enjoyed great food from restaurants near the beach and I spent my time with incredible people. This was the break I needed.

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The message I want to get across to all viewers is that you need to take a break and treat yourself for all the hard work you do through school. Whether treating yourself means sleeping in, spending more time on hobbies that you finally have time for, going to the beach, or just spending time with friends, treat yourself with something that makes you happy. Then, since you took some time off for yourself, you’ll be able to come back from break even more motivated to finish the semester off strong and work even harder for your future!

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-Shannon

5 Reasons You Should Take Summer Courses

19 Mar

1.) You can take fewer courses during the semester.

This is the number one reason why I choose to take summer courses. This can really make your semester less stressful if you have a job, are in involved in clubs, are you just want to have a little more free time to yourself. Also, by spreading out your workload throughout the full year instead of two semesters, you are really able to focus on your courses to get those As!

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2.) You can use this time to GRO a course. 

If you’re like me and struggled with that one class that was just too difficult and you were not happy with the grade you received, you should consider doing a Grade Replacement Opportunity (GRO) over summer if that course is available. This may not sound too appealing, but it will save your GPA and you will thank yourself later! Plus, if the course you didn’t do well in is needed for you major, you may need to know that material for future use as well. So, second times a charm!

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3.) You can get ahead – graduate earlier if you want.

You don’t need to be an over achiever to want to get ahead in school. If graduating earlier is something that interest you whether it is because you want to apply to graduate school earlier, apply for a professional job that is on the market, or whatever it may possibly be, summer can be the key to that.  I should mention that some courses are available online as well. So, if you are not a Tucson resident, you can still get ahead while working in the comfort of your home!

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4.) You can work on your minor and/or double major?!

If your major requires that you to complete a minor, or you have decided to double major because why not, use summer to knock out those courses. Taking extra courses during the semester is not an easy task, so summer if the perfect opportunity to work on them.

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5.) You don’t get out of the swing of things.

Last but not least, you won’t get out of the school routine. If you don’t have a busy summer scheduled, you might as well be productive right? Taking courses can be really beneficial when the school year starts up again. If you stay in the routine throughout summer, you will already be use to waking up early and studying for school (this is better than taking a few weeks at the beginning of the school year to get into a routine again). Overall, it may seem like compromise to give up part of your summer to take courses for school. But, there are only really great benefits that can come from it!

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#FearlessFebruary: Facing Haunting Foods

24 Feb

There are two types of foods I have been terrified to try since I was a kid: olives and cherries. For more than 10 years I have not tried these two foods again. Something about the taste and texture of olives I just find unappetizing. But, I decided it has been long enough that I give them a second chance to see if my taste buds have changed. It is time to face my fears. Welp, here’s what happened!

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First up, olives…

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YUCCKKKK… I still do not like olives. To be completely honest, I had to spit it out. But, hey I still gave it a shot!

Let’s hope cherries have a better result!

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Well, cherries definitely taste better to me than I remember. Although I am still not crazy about them, I will eat them if they are offered!

Overall, trying olives and cherries terrified me. It was not trying new foods that was my fear. My fear was trying foods that I remember being gross to me as a child. But, I am glad I faced my fears and I tried them again. I found out I actually like cherries! Now, I can have cherry pie, cherry cake, cherries with cherries! Olives, on the other hand, I am still not a fan. Maybe I’ll give them another chance in another 10 years. There are still a lot more foods that I refuse to try, I’ll have to blog about that next time!

-Shannon

Balance Work and Play All Day

3 Feb

I think it’s safe to say we all feel as if there is not enough time in the day to get everything finished. How is it possible to get all your school work done, get enough sleep, make it to the gym, eat clean meals, and keep a social life, all on top of being a great student every day? It is tough… And at one time or another, we have all felt so overwhelmed that we can’t keep up. Sometimes it is just too difficult to cram everything in one day. But, sometimes there are ways to be able to balance everything in a small time frame. My first semester at the university was definitely the most difficult time I had trying to balance my life. Sadly, I was close to losing good friendships because I was just not able to make time for the people who cared about me. However, that first crazy semester taught me that there is enough time in the day to balance work and play!

I had no idea what to expect coming into the university. I enrolled in 18 units (easy peasy, right?), was working part-time, and decided to join a club. I thought it should be a piece of cake since I was very busy and active in high school. I found out the workload was completely different and I had no free time. Then, when I did have free time over breaks or over the weekend and my friends wanted to hang out, I said no and decided to spend that “extra” time to myself. It may seem unfair, but it was nice to use the rare free time I did have to just relax and watch TV. Though, I was left missing my friends. I realized I needed to reevaluate how I spend my time and brainstormed ways I can multitask.
 If only I knew before how easy it actually is to maintain friendships while being a dedicated student. I learned I don’t have to just see my friends out on the weekend, I learned how I can be productive with my friends. Now, instead of studying by myself, I study with my friends at the library or any other study room where we will actually do work. Instead of going to the gym by myself, I can go with my friends. Granted we won’t be able to talk as much, but we’re still able to be in each other’s company. Lastly, I tried to get my friends to join a club with me. We only went to a few meetings before we got lazy. But hey, it worked for a little while!

My point is, it is possible to balance school with your personal life, you just have to find what works for you. It is possible to be a great student, maintain friendships, and keep a job. Part of it is trial and error, but once you figure out how to multitask and work smarter, not harder, you’ll realize you had more time on your hands than you had thought!

-Shannon