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#AdventurousApril: Pink Hair, Don’t Care

20 Apr


Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to dye my hair. Unfortunately, I never did it because my mom would always give me reasons of why I shouldn’t. She never wanted me to damage my long brown hair. At the beginning of this year, I took a very large step and got a blonde balayage in August. I loved this look at first but after having it for awhile, I knew I needed a change.

Recently, I have been looking online and have fallen in love with hair that has dramatic rainbow colors in it. I think it is super bold to do and up until now, I was always weary of changing my hair dramatically. My favorite color is purple and after a long time thinking about this change, I finally decided to do it.

When I scheduled my appointment, I was nervous and I had to wait a few days until they could get me in. During these few days, I kept going back and forth between what I actually wanted to dye my hair. I was debating between cutting it and going to a lighter blonde, adding purple, or going to a darker brown. After changing my mind for the 10th time, I decided to just go for it and add purple to it. I figured that this is the time of my life that I could change my hair dramatically before I have to worry about looking professional all of the time.

The day of my appointment, I was excited but nervous as well. I was nervous that I would not like it and regret changing my hair completely. My stylist’s name is Stephanie and when I told her what I wanted to do with my hair, she was super excited. She has worked with vibrant colors before and she assured me that it would turn out great, especially with a balayage. Unfortunately, it did not turn out exactly what I envisioned because my stylist did not have the purple that they usually use. Instead, she mixed colors together to try to get the purple what I was looking for. My hair turned out to be a pink/raspberry color, but I was not upset about it.

I love the color that it turned out to be and Stephanie made sure that I could go back in and get the purple that I originally wanted in my hair. She said that she could redo the entire thing, but I am just going to add some purple in and leave some of the wonderful raspberry color. I am so excited that I followed through with my plans of getting it dyed dramatically because I think it fits my personality perfectly.

I would suggest if you want to try to change your hair by cutting it, dying it a random color then to do it! There shouldn’t be anything holding your back because college is about finding yourself. It’s about expression and this is the best time to take risks and chances!



#AdventurousApril: Sorry Dad, I Got a Tattoo

20 Apr

April is a good month for being adventurous. The weather is nice, flowers are blooming, and getting over that mid-semester lull is essential. I decided April 14th, 2017 was a good day to get my first tattoo.

I am a Chemical Engineering major here at the U of A. I enjoy math and science (a little too much) so it made perfect sense to get a tattoo related to those fields. I decided to get a vector. In math, a vector is defined as having a certain direction and magnitude.


Since I’ve learned about vectors I’ve always found that somewhat poetic. I want to live my life with a certain passion and purpose, just like a vector. I wanted my vector to point forward to always look towards the future. I don’t want to dwell on the past I want to keep pushing forward to reach all my goals.  For all of these reasons, I decided to get a tattoo of a vector on my right ankle.

Getting the tattoo was a weird experience. I felt nervous but at the same time, I was very calm. I knew that this was something I really wanted so it kept me calm, but I was still very scared of the pain. The person giving me the tattoo could tell I was a little tense so he gave me a test run. He put the needle on my skin and it really didn’t feel all that bad. Once I gave him the okay he started the tattoo and it wasn’t that bad for the most part. The only thing that really hurt was when the needle crossed my ankle bone. At that part, it felt like my ankle was on fire! It hurt really bad, but it was only for a minute then it went back just to my skin which was a lot easier to handle. IMG_6322.JPG

The entire process didn’t take more than a few minutes. It only took a few minutes for me to do something scary and exciting. The next part was definitely the hardest part of the entire process, telling my dad. My dad is not a fan of tattoos and I knew he wouldn’t be too happy that I, his only daughter, got one. When I showed him, he didn’t overreact like I thought he would. He just asked me questions to make sure this was something I wanted forever. I assured him it was and the whole tattooing experience came to a close.

My tattoo is almost completely healed and I have to say, I love it. I love that it’s not perfectly straight and that the arms on the head aren’t perfectly symmetrical. I wanted this tattoo to be as real and unpolished as the person who has it. We’re both just doing our best. It turned out exactly how I wanted it to. Any sort of discomfort or unpleasantness was completely worth it. I definitely have tattoo fever and am so excited for my next one!




#AdventurousApril: Exploring Tucson’s Culture

20 Apr

If you don’t already have a “Things to do in Tucson before I graduate”  bucket list, you should think about making one. For Adventurous April, I decided to cross one item off my list: explore food and art in downtown Tucson. My friend and I met up on University and took the streetcar down to Congress to find different murals from the Tucson Mural Program created by the City of Tucson. Many of them are tucked away, but if you search for murals in downtown Tucson in Google maps, their locations come up.

We spent the day wandering around to the various locations to appreciate the artwork. Pro tip: bring sunglasses if you are doing this when there is no cloud cover. I was blown away by how massive these pieces were! What I loved about the murals was how you could see that there is a story behind them for each artist. My favorite was painted by four different artists; their sections came together flawlessly while still showing off each artist’s individuality. Whenever we saw a restaurant nearby we’d never tried, we stopped in! I got to try Thai and Ethiopian food for the first time and I was surprised by how similar the flavors were to other foods I’d tried before.

If you have a spare weekend, I’d highly recommend grabbing a friend and heading downtown to soak in the culture!


#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.


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.)


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.


#AdventurousApril: Solo Date Night

18 Apr

The past few weeks have felt like an extremely busy time for me in comparison to other months. Because of some annoying but very necessary time-consuming activities, my adventurous side had to take it a bit easy for this month’s blog. Despite how much I wanted to go sky-diving or back-pack through the jungle for a few days, I decided a much better and more efficient use of my time was to go see a movie. Solo. A solo date night at the movies, if you will.

Now, I’m not against spending time alone. In fact, I absolutely love it! It’s actually incredibly beneficial and important for people to learn to spend time alone comfortably. However, I had yet to go out and do things, other than grabbing a bite to eat, I would normally do with friends by myself. So, the movies seemed like a great way to get started.

It was pretty awesome if I do say so myself. I watched Beauty and the Beast (again, because I love it so much), had my own little popcorn and drink, and no one to focus on other than myself. Of course, it’s normal to feel a little bit uncomfortable at first. You’re in a public place, doing an activity that is usually done in pairs if not larger groups of people. But you soon realize that it doesn’t matter and, in all honesty, that the people around you don’t even care.

If you’re ever bored or just want to spend some alone time with yourself, I highly recommend going out to see a movie. Maybe even start out a little more slowly by grabbing lunch or dinner. There’s really nothing better than being comfortable in your own space doing whatever it is that you feel like doing!

Take it from Alan, he has a right idea…


#AdventurousApril: Table for 1

17 Apr

This April I decided to do something a little outside my comfort zone. Or A lot.

I decided to go to a restaurant and eat all by myself for the entire meal. Now, this may seem like no big deal to some people, but for a person that constantly thrives and survives off the energy and company of others, I was pretty nervous.


So I put on my favorite pair of jeans on and headed out to a casual, but still sit down themed restaurant. I picked a favorite Vietnamese restaurant close to the University, and decided to go for dinner.

At first walking in I scoped the place out, since it is usually bustling with groups and couples. But to my surprise, there were very few people in the restaurant, and even a person or two eating alone.

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“No biggie”, I thought as I walked up to the counter to order my food. I chose some very delicious egg rolls with rice and a milk tea boba with a little ice on the side.

As I sat down to take my seat, I chose a table meant for two, although only one would be occupying the space for the night. Before I went in I promised myself I would try to limit the amount of time I spent on my phone, since I felt that it was like cheating to use it as a distraction. As I waited for my food to arrive, this is when the nervousness set in.

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What the heck was I suppose to do? Look at the ceiling or the walls? I started to feel a bit impatient since the food was taking a tad longer than usual. I truly had no idea what I was supposed to do. I opted to just play with some chopsticks and tried to relax as I waited.

Around 8 minutes later the food finally arrived and I dug in. This part wasn’t too uncomfortable since I was so distracted by the food, but I did miss the lively conversation that usually accompanies dining out, and to be honest, I felt a bit lonely. I finished my food and sat there for a couple more minutes letting everything settle in. I tried not to think too much about what I looked like or what I was doing, but it’s weird to be alone sometimes, you feel like everyone in the room is watching you, when honestly probably no one is.

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In the end, I didn’t really like eating alone. I know that some people love the quietness and relaxation that comes with solo dining, but honestly, it wasn’t quite for me, and that’s ok!

Everyone told me that it would be no big deal, and it really wasn’t. But I also didn’t really like it enough to want to do it again by choice. Being with friends and families while eating is almost just as important as the food you share! Eating out might have not been this crazy adventure, but it was something I had never really done before either, and to that, I would say I conquered this theme for the month.

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~ Mandi

#AdventurousApril: My First Time Trying Sushi

16 Apr

As many may know I am not the biggest fan of seafood but, that’s mostly because I’m allergic to it…..well for the most part only crab, lobster, shrimp, and salmon. For the most part, my allergy has caused me to miss out on a lot of the foods that my friends love. One food in specific that I really wanted to try for the first time was sushi. After talking to my friends I took it upon myself to try sushi for the first time.

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This last Saturday my friends and I went out to a restaurant here in Tucson called AZIAN.  My friends all insisted that they had the best sushi so I said why not? Especially since this would be my first time having sushi, I wanted to make sure it was worth the experience.

Jumping right into it, I didn’t know there were so many different kinds of sushi. There’s the most common raw sushi but you can also have it cooked! For the most part, I didn’t really enjoy the raw sushi. The taste was unique and very distinctive I think I didn’t enjoy it as much because I wasn’t used to the taste.

healthyContrarily, cooked sushi was AMAZING!!! it taste just like grilled fish and the taste was quite similar to bbq. Luckily, I was willing to try the cooked sushi after my friend convinced me it was not as bad as the raw sushi. She was right!  I spent the rest of my time at the restaurant stuffing my face as if I hadn’t eaten in weeks.

The experience was nothing less than amazing. And most importantly I didn’t have an allergic reaction to it!

Hope you all enjoyed my experience!

Until Next Time,

Darius Amos


#AdventurousApril: Trying a Hot(?) Pepper

15 Apr

Hi everyone!

So this April I wanted to do something a little adventurous but also kind of fun! I have always wanted to do the hot pepper challenge. Growing up in a Pakistani household, I’m definitely no stranger to spicy food. However, I still thought it would be fun to straight up eat a hot pepper and see if I could handle it!

So I decided, why not now?

I headed down to the NRich store in the Student Union with my beloved coworker, Shannon, and low and behold- peppers! I knew it was a sign, so I had to buy it. Shannon expressed some concern though, and neither of us were quite sure if serrano peppers were actually hot. (Hm, if only there was some way for us to magically search and figure out the answer to that question…)

But anyway, we decided to ask the other college student who was working as cashier. He seemed pretty certain that I should be good to go, so I made the purchase! By the time we got back to the office, a lot of my coworkers were working. When I told them what was happening, they too were skeptical.

However, I’d like to say this: They were hot. Not “kind of hot” as I might have said six times in the video below, but quite hot.

Anyway, I’m pretty sure I failed my ancestors. I couldn’t handle the spiciness, people! Please watch as I completely lose it at work.

Shout out to Shannon for recording the video and coaching me through it!!

Best Wishes, Wildcats!

-Amna 🙂

Adventurous April

13 Apr

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!


#AdventurousApril: New Food

12 Apr

I’m a pretty picky eater, so I don’t really like trying new foods. Being a college student, I especially don’t like spending money to try new foods, so I typically just stick to the type of food and restaurants that I’m used to and know that I like. However, over spring break, a good friend of mine had me try Thai food and I ended up loving it. This really made me interested in trying other new types of food that I never would have before. One that my friend suggested was Indian food. So for my Adventurous April, I decided to try a local Indian food restaurant.

When I got to the restaurant, I was a little unsure of the menu. I had no idea what a lot of the dishes were and there were no pictures so I really had no idea what to order. I really like to ask people that work at restaurants what their favorite dishes are (considering they’ve probably tried most of the options on the menu) so I asked my server and ordered tikki masala (mild because I’m a wimp when it comes to spice) and naan with cheese. My friend ordered the same thing (except medium spice). When our food came out, I can basically describe the dish as chicken in a lot of red-ish curry or sauce (sorry I forgot to take a picture because I was really hungry, so the following picture is just similar to what it looked like).


After tasting the food, I really liked it. It was very flavorful, not too spicy, and all around just really tasty. The naan bread was delicious (I mean bread with cheese, how can you go wrong?), especially in the curry/sauce. I’m glad I got it mild, because there was a minimal amount of spice so I was really able to focus on the flavor of the food. As far as taste goes, I’d give the whole meal an 9/10.

As for the whole experience in general, the one thing that kind of disappointed me was the quantity of food that I got for the price that I paid. The food wasn’t necessarily expensive, but the main dish was just the chicken and sauce. The naan was a few dollars extra and if I wanted any rice, that was extra too. I’m definitely a bang for your buck kind of shopper, so I was a little disappointed that I spent almost $15 with tip and didn’t have any leftovers. Not only that, I wasn’t even super full. I wasn’t still really hungry, but I definitely wasn’t full from the meal either. This could have been just that specific restaurant I tried, but the quantity of food for the price left me wanting more.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience trying Indian food. I’m glad that I did and would be open to trying different Indian restaurants in the future. It’s also continued to open my eyes to try even more new types of food as well. I would definitely recommend that if you’re a picky eater like me, take a step out of your comfort zone and try a new type of food or even just a new dish at a favorite restaurant. I would recommend asking people that work at the restaurant what they like, friends who have been to the restaurant or tried the food, or consulting Yelp or another review site for their recommendations. Happy eating!