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#MiddlingMarch: Con(drag)ulations

22 Mar

Ladies, start your engines… 

Graduation is closer than I thought it would be! And if we’re being honest as of this. exact. moment., it’s the one thing keeping me motivated and pushing through the “mid-semester slump” this March.

The mid-semester slump comes for all of us. If you’re not feeling like you’re running on fumes by this point in the school year (even AFTER spring break) then you’re probably not even a real human. Anyways, for the all the real humans, I’m sure you can relate because up until this week I was feeling it. But you know what’s starting to get me through it? The thought of finally graduating in a couple of months!

I’m finally getting busy putting together graduation outfits, pictures, cap and gown… Even the not so fun stuff like audits and dishing those last few dollars the university tries to squeeze out of all of us near the completion of our degree. All these things are a terrifying yet comforting reminder that life as an undergrad is coming to close.

The idea here is: keep pushing past the slumpy times in the semesters because the slumpy times and the proactive times are both going to get you to commencement no matter what. 

The awareness of knowing that the end of my time here at the UA is almost over (interestingly enough) is encouraging me to try my very darndest.

I don’t want to risk not graduating because of a failed class LOL.

Anyways, a reminder to push through the middle of March. I know it’s a hard time, we’re tired, over it, done. But we still need to finish with a bang. Let’s make these last few weeks count as we race to the finish line!

And may the best man… win.

-Diana

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#MiddlingMarch: Into the Woods

20 Mar

Raise your hand if you are in a school slump!

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Don’t worry – I am raising my hand too!

Let’s face it, it’s the middle of the semester and we’re exhausted, stressed out, and unmotivated. So what do you do in order to get out of the mid-semester lull? Well… you do something that makes you feel inspired, relaxed, and energized to make it to the end of the semester. Sounds easy right??? 

WRONG! It is SOOOO difficult to find motivation after you have misplaced it. I have been struggling with motivation lately, some may call it senoritis others say laziness, but either way, I NEED to pick myself up and be inspired again. The thing that I always turn to when I am in this mood is to get out of my house and get away from technology. I feel like I always have my face in my phone or my computer and I get really frustrated because I am so distracted from the physical world. When I start to feel like this, I hop in my car with my best friend and boyfriend, Casey, and take a trip to Mt. Lemmon. giphy.gif
Is it the fresh air in my lungs, the wind blowing my hair, or the trees around me? I don’t know, but when I step foot outside all my stress disappears. I feel free as a bird and ready to explore the wilderness. Last time we went up we hiked for about three or four hours and I was in paradise. There were little piles of snow scattered across the land, trees that towered over the mountain tops, and we even saw four deer in the area we were hiking. The area we hiked was absolutely stunning. It was also refreshing to be out of the house and out of the Tucson heat. I wish I could have this feeling all of the time, but the chaos of life always overwhelms me. After our excursion and feeling on top of the world, I talked to Casey about how much better I felt about life. We both agreed to plan more day trips to get out of our element and into the woods.

I encourage you to find your “woods”. Find the thing that lets you escape your stress and spikes your motivation. It could be diving into a wonderful book, taking a shopping trip, or driving around town. Life and college are ALWAYS stressful and you deserve to have time to yourself that relieves you from your tension. Good luck with finding your motivation and pushing through to the end of the year. YOU GOT THIS!!! 🙂 

-Courtney

 

#MiddlingMarch: Don’t Let March Meddle with You

15 Mar

Getting homesick is almost inevitable in March. Unless you went home for Spring Break, you are most likely in the same boat as me. Spring Break was fantastic, and I hope all of you had a wonderful time; however, one small qualm that I have with Spring Break is that it’s always so busy. Since there’s only a week of it, I feel this pressure to take advantage of the time, and then I end up planning out some type of event for every single moment. I don’t want to say I have any regrets about this, but I will say that Monday right after break was not exactly the best day in the world for me.

But back to homesickness!! Since I did spend my break with friends rather than family, I have to admit I’m really beginning to miss my crew back home. I don’t know what all of you do to combat homesickness but for me there are three pivotal steps:

  1. First, I let myself be sad. Now, don’t let this get out of control, but if I miss my family, I like to watch videos that I have taken with my little brother and flip through pictures of all of us on Facebook or on my phone. Don’t be afraid of that nostalgia!
  2. Next, I make sure to allot time to talk to different family members. My sister graduated a couple years ago, and she is working as a consultant now, so sometimes it can be hard to find time when we are both free, but it’s just a matter of scheduling it out. On the other hand, my brother who just recently became a teenager, is not always keen on long talks on the phone. So sometimes I try to FaceTime my mom during times when I know he will be home, just so I can catch a glimpse of him. All of this applies to friends back home too!! One really hard thing about branching off from your friends in high school is that you all get so busy. There’s nothing wrong with that; these are busy times. But if you genuinely miss someone, make sure to reach out — I’m sure they would be so happy to hear from you.
  3. Lastly, I go out and do something fun. Being homesick is completely normal and all, but there’s no point in dwelling in something you can’t change. SO RECENTLY I WENT AND SAW BLACK PANTHER. I am a big movie person, and I feel like going to see a movie is the perfect way to treat yourself during the week because you can allocate that specific amount of time out without getting too wild. It was such a good movie, so I highly recommend taking a break and checking it out. Go get some ice cream with a friend or catch up with someone you haven’t seen in a while over lunch — just take a break and have fun. We are in college, so we deserve to have fun!

That’s all I have for now; I hope you all make it through this March and the rest of the year smoothly!

-Amna 🙂

#MiddlingMarch: Time with Friends

15 Mar

We’re at the point in the semester when things just seem rough. Spring break is over but summer seems so far away. With every assignment you finish and test you take, there’s another one right around the corner to take its place. It can be really hard to find motivation and not get stuck in a rut in the middle of the semester. It’s really important to find things that are going to help motivate you and keep you going through the second half of the semester. For me, that’s making time to hang out with my friends.

I have a really busy schedule, so if I’m not intentional about seeing my friends it doesn’t happen. This makes it really hard to get through my week because it means a lot of times alone in my routine. While it can be so easy during this part of the semester to bury myself in work, hen I make the time to see my friends it really make a huge difference in my week. It helps me de-stress, relax, have fun, and get poured into. My friends are great about encouraging me, supporting me, and just loving me well. This not only improves my mood, but gives me a much needed break and puts me in a better mindset to be productive.

What helps you get through the mid-semester rut? If you don’t have something, you should probably take some time to explore what works for you. You don’t want to burn out before the end of the semester. Try a new workout routine, a hobby, meditation, arts and crafts, reading for fun, or something else to get your mind of school and work. You’ll be surprised how much happier and more energized you’ll feel to help you finish the year strong!

Happy Spring!

-Jess

#MiddlingMarch: GO GET PIERCED

14 Mar

When it comes to keeping motivation at a high – especially after Spring Break and before midterms – I am usually at the end of the snooze spectrum. I lack almost all motivation and all drive to get anything done.

This March, my idea to get my up and up was to get my ears pierced again. LOL.

I’m not saying I enjoy pain, necessarily, I just enjoy getting pierced HA. It’s something I’ve always done when I feel bored or mellowed out. It brings some sort of excitement into my week and has me looking forward to the next week.

This might not be for everyone, but, if you’re down with getting some needles stabbed into your body, Sacred Art down 6th St. has a buy one, get one free piercing charge! If you’re looking for one piercing, grab a friend and both you of you can get something pierced for $28!

I’m not saying go get everything pierced, and feel pain, but, honestly, it helps me look forward to something. I usually will do it on the weekends, so I motivate myself with the thought of getting something pierced to get me through the week.

So, with this in mind, maybe go get something pierced – if you’re willing – and have a good march through March!

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enjoy this picture of my ear

Stay beautiful, happy March!

-Lil

#MiddlingMarch: Getting Creative

5 Apr

The middle of the semester is when I usually find myself starting to burn out. Between a full class load, work, extracurriculars, and maintaining a social life, it can feel like there isn’t a minute to spare for myself! My go-to activities to recharge allow me to explore my creative side.

Piano

This is a hobby I picked up when I was about 6 or 7 years old, and I’m so glad that I did. When I’m playing, I can exist in my own world for a little bit. I pour my emotions into the songs I am playing, and sometimes I just play random notes and melodies until I find something that I like. I recently bought the sheet music for La La Land’s soundtrack, so it has been a lot of fun learning to play catchy and upbeat tunes! I’ve never really played Jazz tunes before, so it’s presented me with new technical challenges as well.

Coloring books

The adult coloring book trend has been so helpful in terms of stress relief! I got the four seasons book at Michael’s about a year ago. I really enjoy getting to play around with color, designs, and blending techniques. I highly recommend getting one if you’re looking for a way to connect to your inner child. There are also some great apps and online coloring pages out there too!

Photography

This one is a new endeavour for me, but I have enjoyed it immensely! When I was a teenager, camera phones had just come out, so I started taking a lot of pictures. During sleepovers in middle school we would pretend to model, and I am so grateful that I have those pictures to remember great memories vividly. I always wanted to start using real cameras, but never really got around to it. I borrowed from the library and Gear to Go and started playing with different features to learn how they changed the way the picture looked. I was surprised by how changing one setting slightly could bring a completely new mood to the image. Right now I am mostly focusing on nature, but I want to take pictures of people very soon! Hand in hand with learning to take pictures, I am playing around with editing them afterwards. We now have access to Adobe Creative Cloud products through the U of A, so I am also exploring how to use Lightroom and Photoshop to enhance my images. Here’s a couple of pictures I took!

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I really love the mountains!

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Caught this little one at Old Main!

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Had fun experimenting with closeups.

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Barely took this in time; the bee flew away right after!

-Gabriela

#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

#MiddlingMarch: The Ides of March

4 Apr

So how exactly does one handle March? It’s likely that thought has probably never occurred to you. Brutus and Cassius chose to lead more than 50 conspirators in the murder of Julius Caesar in William Shakespeare’s famous play… Luckily, in the modern age, the ides of March don’t require such brutality like the kind that stabbed poor Julius in the back. No, for a college student March just brings the overwhelming sense of “so much to do, so little time.” Of course, midterms require our undivided attention especially when as many as three can pile up on the same day (suspicious professor conspiracy perhaps?).  However, this doesn’t mean that a mental health day can’t be squeezed into our rigorous schedule of coursework. In fact, it’s quite the necessity if you want to keep your head securely on your shoulders!

When it comes to mental health days, I would humbly pronounce myself the queen of relaxation. Getting through midterms can be no easy task, even more so when you add a part-time or even full-time job into the equation. That is why at least one day a week, if possible, of “me” time actually brings so much more towards academic performance than it takes away. A mental health day can get just about anyone back into a state of clarity so that they can jump back into schoolwork refreshed and ready to succeed. Even if your schedule doesn’t allow for a full day of relaxation, even a nice afternoon can make all the difference!

If you still need a little push to help you put down the flashcards, here’s a step-by-step guide to a fabulous midterm madness study break:

  1. PUT. DOWN. THE. SCHOOL. WORK.
  2. Put the schoolwork in a place far, far away from you
  3. Set your cell phone on “Do Not Disturb” (trust me, you’ll thank me for this later)
  4. Gather your mental health day supplies: food, blankets, Netflix, food,
  5. Food
  6. Climb into bed/a couch, turn on your favorite show or movie, and enjoy

– Diana

Spring Cleaning

4 Apr

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The middle of the semester always seems to go exhaustively slow. Having Spring Break be added in there doesn’t offer much help because it can be distracting. In order to overcome this lull, I clean. I know this doesn’t sound too fun, but it works. Spring cleaning my apartment (dorm room last semester) always puts me in a good mood. When my home is clean, I feel like other things in my life can take precedence. It’s clearing up space in my mind for other aspects of my life to take up more room.

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When my apartment is clean I have more time to focus on my academics and other things like playing tennis and eating healthy. It’s also very motivating! After I get done cleaning, I get motivate to “clean” other parts of my life. I sit down plan out the rest of semester. This allows me to review what I have left in store for the semester. I also plan time to be active and spend time outdoors.

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There’s nothing wrong with getting into a funk in the middle of a semester. A problem arises when you don’t do anything to get out of this funk. To get out of my funk I clean. Finding motivation keeps us going to power through the semester. Let’s all finish strong and have another successful semester.

-Alyssa

#MiddlingMarch: DON’T BE BLUE, EAT FOOD!

4 Apr

It’s the middle of March, friends! You know what that means? Midterms, projects, homesickness, and boredom.

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I don’t know if y’all do this, but I eat A LOT.

I eat if I’m bored, stressed, homesick, or just looking for something to do, I EAT.

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The bad thing is, I AM SO LAZY.

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So, for our MIDDLING MARCH, I have easy recipes that will CUT YOUR MARCH BLUES with sweet treats!

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1.MUG CAKE!!!

If you’re too lazy to bake a cake, and probably don’t have 4 eggs, MUG CAKES WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE!!! My favorites are: blueberry muffin mug cake, brownie mug cake, and quiche in a mug!

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don’t even lie and say you wouldn’t want to try one of these cute mug cakes!

2. EGGS & TOAST

It’s not exactly the BEST recipe, but if you just mix an egg and a little bit of soy sauce, scramble them, put them on toast, AND TOP IT OFF WITH SRIRACHA SAUCE, I promise you’ll be a happy little egg!

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protein, carbs, and spice! Why wouldn’t you want it?

  1. FROZEN YOGURT DROPS

So if you’re trying to be healthy -key word, trying– get some yogurt, and drop them on some parchment paper. Pop that in the freezer for a couple of hours, and transfer them into a Tupperware. You’ll have a nice frozen HEALTHY treat!

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I promise they taste better than broccoli!

4. PINTEREST.

If any of my recipes haven’t gotten you curious or somewhat intrigued, do the second best cooking option and HOP ON PINTEREST! Seriously! I get on Pinterest and find the easiest, cutest, and sometimes healthiest meals on there!

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These are my typical ways of getting over boredom, stress, and my mid-semester blues!!

Hope the rest of your March is as wonderful as you!

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yes, you!

Stay beautiful,

Lils xx