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Falling into Autumn #OutrageousOctober

16 Oct
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This is my goal!

Bring on the Fall! For once in my college life, I am completely aware the seasons are changing and autumn will be among us soon! Every year, I somehow let October slip through my fingers and by the time November hits, I question if October even occurred. From Halloween fun, to Midterm stress, and my father’s (and my) birthday, this month is probably the most hectic time for me. However, THIS October will completely different. I am preparing for my favorite season and going to fully embrace the fall. Below I have made a list all of things I am going to do to welcome the new season and I invite you to embrace fall with me!

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I NEED this! I wonder if it smells better than other pumpkin ones I’ve tried.

1. Make my home smell like Fall
I love candles to the point where my boyfriend says I shouldn’t buy anymore, but I do it anyways! They are so peaceful and also gives my home an amazing smell, which is always nice. This one is also a great and simple way to embrace the wonderful season because anyone can do it – if you can’t use open flames, there are diffusers, plug ins, sprays, and so many more options! If you like the aroma of fresh-baked goods, the woods, or other autumn scents, I can guarantee it is out there!

From online shopping to your favorite grocery store, there is always a section for candles, incenses, and air fresheners, which has all of the smells. There are seasonal fragrances that are great to fill your home with in order to enjoy the seasons even more. This year, I want to buy candles that smell like apples, cinnamon, and even find a pumpkin one. Unfortunately, I have not had any luck at finding a good smelling pumpkin candle, so if you know a good one, please let me know!

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My inspiration!

2. Update my wardrobe to match the changing seasons
Do not be mistaken when I say, “update my wardrobe”. I am not trying to change my whole wardrobe around to make it all fall attire because: 1. I am a college student who has bills and 2. I don’t have time for that. All I want to do is incorporate a few pieces that can give off a fall vibe like cute booties, a few shirts with dark fall tones, and maybe (if I’m feeling adventurous) a fun scarf with plaid on it. I think this is always a fun thing to do because you don’t have to spend a lot of money on changing your wardrobe. Just buying a few things that are something you don’t typically wear, vamp up your whole wardrobe. 

This doesn’t exactly relate to wardrobe, but I also want to incorporate fall colors and Halloween images into my nails. I use to do this all of the time when I was in high school (because I had time then), but I definitely want to at least change my nails twice to match the season. Also it’s a little difficult to do this now because I am a sculptor and my nail polish chips off WAYY too soon. 

3. Dye my hair to fit more in with the fall colors
This one is probably the most bold, reckless, and permanent thing to do on this list, but too late, I already did it! The reasons I wanted to dye my hair in the first place were: I’ve been really into changing my hair lately, I’ve never tried an auburn/red/orange color before, and Pinterest. There were so many creative things that were popping up on my feed to embrace fall colors with hair and I could not resist. Also, with my blue eyes I knew I had to give it a shot because it would make them stand out A TON.

After four hours of sitting in a salon, two ladies drying my hair at the same time, and a little pricey bill at the end, it was TOTALLY worth it! I love my new hair and to my surprise I love it more than my natural hair and all of the other experiments I have tried (blonde and purple balayage, for example). This new look also gave me a huge boost of confidence and a little more sass throughout the day. If you have ever been skeptical about changing your look, just go for it! Worst case scenario, if you’re not in love with it, express that to the person who did your hair and they will change it for you to like it once again. You may also find you love yourself with a new look and it will bring you more confidence than you had before. 

4. Eat/Drink all things pumpkin

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Okay, okay. I know everyone thinks pumpkin spice is very overrated and “basic” when fall season hits, but I have no problem indulging in pumpkin anything. At first, being the cool person I am (just kidding), I did not want to participate in purchasing pumpkin items because I disliked that everyone went overboard with it, but after trying my first pumpkin spice latte, because my friend made me, I actually loved it and still do today. It brings warmness and nostalgia whenever fall comes around because I treat myself to this every autumn.

Other than the typical Pumpkin Spice latte at Starbucks, there are other goodies out there that are great to enjoy in this fall season. For the first time, I found pumpkin pie ice cream at the store, which was to die for! Not only did it taste exactly like pumpkin pie, but there were also pieces of pie crust which was a lovely surprise. There are pumpkin spice Oreos (?? which I guess is a thing now), pumpkin creamer (if you like to make your coffee at home), and pumpkin spice cereal (lol who knew?) out there to try. Unless you’re allergic to pumpkin, I would suggest trying some of these new pumpkin items if you haven’t already. Even though it is overrated, you may actually find you like pumpkin things and that’s great!

5. Go ALL out for Halloween
Usually I am putting together Halloween at the last-minute and last year it got so bad to the point my boyfriend and I got our Halloween costumes the day before. This year, it is not going to be that way. Because I am a planner (good joke), I have already took the initiative to plan what I am going to be this year with my boyfriend and started putting up Halloween decorations. We are going to be creepy clowns this year, thanks to the inspiration from IT (even though we haven’t seen the new one yet… lol)! Being an artist, I love to have costumes that incorporate face paint. For example one year I was a scary bunny, a skeleton, and a wolf. All of these costumes, I went all out on my face paint and it was a lot of fun! The Halloween fun does not stop there! Like I said we have started to put up Halloween decorations up (thanks to my boyfriend’s mom for letting us use some of hers). We are going to have scary decorations up for the majority of October, which might be terrifying or bring in more holiday cheer. 

The decorations will be perfect addition to our small get together we love to do every Halloween where our friends come over all dressed in costumes. In the past, we lacked the decorations because we shopped for Halloween last-minute and it was a little weird that the only Halloween aspect of our part was our costumes…but this time will be a lot more fun! I am also going to tap into my baking skills for this event to make Frankenstein cupcakes and Ghost cookies!

Another aspect that ties into the Halloween theme that I love to do is watch scary movies. Rob Zombie has incredible movies he produced, the SAW movies are intense, and The Nightmare Before Christmas is a classic and great because you can watch it over the course of two holidays! Other Halloween favorites include Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, and Casper the Friendly Ghost (I know they’re kids movies, but I just can’t resist). Watching scary movies really gets me in the Halloween and October spirit, especially when there’s actually a Friday the 13th this month!!!

6. Take time to enjoy it all
Last, and especially, not least I am going to go out of my way to actually enjoy this month. With my hectic schedule (and I am sure you can relate) time goes by way too fast and I hate it. Honestly, I can’t even get over the fact we are already in the third month of the semester; where did the time go?? I am going to try my hardest to enjoy each and every day of this month to not only celebrate the fall season, but to also make the time go by slower. 

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I hope this blog inspires you to try to embrace the fall months, even if this is your least favorite time of year. It is great to at least try to enjoy every moment of the year, especially when you are in college. These years you are spending in college will go by quickly (trust me, this is my last year) and it is important to enjoy the path rather than to try to race to the finish line

Enjoy the Fall Season!
Courtney 

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The Gen Ed that Won Our Hearts

13 Nov

It was 5:45 AM as I turned off my alarm clock and greeted registration day with bleary eyes. I had been waking up at 4 AM to do my homework all semester, but this particular day, I had a case of the dreaded Mondays. My laptop had died at my bedside during the night, my roommate had taken the last Frappuccino and my favorite sweater was nowhere to be found. Things weren’t going my way, but I accepted my fate, plugged in my laptop and logged on to UAccess.

The wifi was crawling along like molasses, leaving me with nothing to see but a bright white page that made my eyes water. Refreshing the page, I looked over the handwritten list of classes my advisor had given me, my academic security blanket. The classes had been in my shopping cart for weeks, but my advisor warned me to be prepared for anything.

Sure enough, my student center looked like text-salad nightmare and the wifi crashed completely. By the time I logged in again 20 minutes later, a disheveled heap of stress at the café, all of my classes were full. Admittedly, I freaked right out.

If you find yourself in these shoes, it may seem like your academic sky is falling, but don’t panic! Make the schedule you can make with the course options you have left and talk to your academic advisor about it. There are still a few ways to get you on track and into the schedule you hoped for:

1. Get on the wait list, when available

Two of my classes gave me the option of being put on the waiting list. This may seem like a bleak land of limbo, but it’s not. So many students change, swap and drop their classes before registration ends. With the wait list, you’re already in line to take those spaces as they open.

2. Check on the class religiously

If there’s no wait list, keep checking on the class and accomplish the same thing manually. Keep your fingers crossed for the green circle to take the place of the angry blue square next to your class in the class search. As long as registration is still open, there’s still hope for an open seat.

3. Beg your way in

Showing up to your desired class on the first day with a Change of Schedule form is not a bad idea. Some classes are more rigorous than others about attendance, so you may even get lucky on your first day. In one class I wanted, anyone who didn’t show up for the first day was dropped from the roster so the wait-listed students could take their places.

4. Talk to your academic advisor

At the U of A, your advisors are the music makers and dreamers of dreams. They know what’s possible and they can help you see the glimmer of hope in any academic disaster. Ask them for ideas if you get stuck. They’ve seen degrees completed in the most unconventional of ways and can always help you navigate your obstacles to gain that academic success you so deserve.

My registration nightmare ended with a less-than-perfect schedule, but it resulted in the best set of classes I could have hoped for. It threw me off my 4-year plan a little bit, but overall, I still got all of my requirements knocked out without any extra semesters added onto my academic career.

If you find yourself in this position, keep calm, bear down and hang in there! That which doesn’t bend can break under pressure, so take it as an exercise in adaptability, jump the hurdles that are thrown at you and keep on keepin’ on. The commitment you’ve made to your education is a commitment to yourself, and that makes it worth the struggle. Use the resources all around you and don’t be discouraged. You may be forced to take a gen ed at an awkward time, it might shift a prerequisite over to a different semester, but overall, you’ve got this!

-Amanda

 

Your Guide to Summer Internships

9 Apr

It’s easy for students to fall into the idea of having a completely work-free three months of summer. Of course you want to relax, but sometimes it hits the third week of summer and you’re already bored. What are you possibly going to do for three months? tom2 Summer break is the perfect opportunity for college students to get an internship. We’re not distracted by a full schedule of classes, club meetings, exams, etc. If the realm of internships is an entirely new world for you, here are some things to know: 1. Résumé If you haven’t yet, this is a good time to start cleaning up that résumé. You’re about to finish another school year, so add the clubs you’ve been involved in and show off your GPA! Finalizing your résumé is the first step to finding an internship. 2. Keep an Open Mind tom6 Think about your future career. Is it in an office? Is it outdoors? The purpose of an internship is to get “real world” experience in the field you want to go into. Remember to keep an open mind. If your dream is to be a lawyer, your first internship probably won’t have you pulling an Elle Woods anytime soon. My first internship in a law office had me shredding paper and filing, but it was still awesome to see day-to-day operations. 3. Consider Your Location – Tucson, Home, or Abroad? If you’re sure that you’ll be spending your summer back home, then look for internships in that city or town. If you happen to find an internship in Tucson and you’re scrambling for summer housing, many students who are leaving for the summer are subleasing their apartments. Residence Life also offers summer housing in certain residence halls. There are also options to have an internship abroad. Although I’m sure you may be able to independently find an internship abroad, many students go through the Study Abroad department on campus. It is probably too late to apply for this upcoming summer, but remember that this is an option next summer! Keep in mind that internships abroad typically cost money. 4. You Might Not Get Paid, But It’s Surprisingly Worth It tom3 My first internship wasn’t a paid position. Actually, my first paid internship is happening this summer. Don’t let that bring you down, though. That internship where I was shredding papers and filing all day? They’re the ones who led me to this paid position! I cannot stress enough how invaluable the connections are worth. You may be graduating some time soon and you never know who will be hiring when you graduate! 5. Finding an Internship tom5 There are many companies and organizations that specifically have internship programs. If you’re interested in public health, you can simply google “public health internships in Tucson”. Ask your friends who have been through internship programs. They’ll be able to tell you about their experience and give you tips. You can also ask your academic advisors. When companies are hiring interns, many of them reach out to academic advisors for majors that coincide with that career field. If all else fails, approach them! When I wasn’t able to find an internship program, I found a company that I wanted to work for and sent in my cover letter and résumé. They hired me! The hiring manager commended me for being proactive and going for what I wanted. 6. Internships Are Awesome. Have Fun With It. Even if you’re not being paid or you’re doing simple tasks, always observe what’s around you. I always loved looking at the work the lawyers in the office were doing and realizing that it was only a matter of years until I was as cool as they were. I don’t even care how uncool that sounded. Seeing how your career field operates every day just makes you that much more motivated to work your hardest because, believe it or not, that’s you in a few years. tom1 Happy Internship Hunting!

-Briana

Adventure Is Out There!

7 Apr

If you are anything like me, you have high hopes and dreams of one day being able to travel the world and experience new cultures. However, every summer I find myself sitting on my living room couch snuggling with a bag of Cheetos while watching America’s Next Top Model reruns.

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Summer can be a hit or miss vacation for some people; it can be two months of Netflix binge watching, adventures, or perhaps both. Experiencing college, I have realized that I am in need of adventure, which is why I have taken the initiative to apply for a summer study abroad program!

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Study abroad is an incredible opportunity offered by universities around the globe. This experience allows students to complete university credits while also immersing themselves in a new culture. I personally wanted to go to a country with a language I am unfamiliar with and whose culture is vastly different from my own: I chose South Korea.

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Although I have yet to hear on my acceptance status, I know that if accepted I will have an experience of a lifetime. All too often it is easy to fall into a cycle of everyday stress. College is a stressful time, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! Try new things and learn about the world that we have in front of us while you can!

Adventure is out there, Wildcats!

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-Zuri

Wildcat Tradition: Spring Fling!

3 Apr

The sun is shining bright, the flowers are blooming, and the sweet smell of summertime is in the air. All this change can only mean one thing: SPRING FLING IS HERE!

For all you new kitties out there and even more mature cats who have not yet experienced this, Spring Fling is 3 days filled with rides, food, excitement, and pure Wildcat awesomeness! Whether you’re there for the rides and thrills or to get your grub on, we guarantee you’ll have an epic time!

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But how did a carnival end up on Wildcat turf?

It all started in 1974. The Associated Students of the University of Arizona (aka ASUA) decided that the UA needed a creative way for clubs to fundraise! Thanks to that brilliant thinking, Spring Fling has developed as a prime fundraising opportunity for clubs and organizations on campus. Talk about combining fun and business!

Now, Spring Fling is the largest student-run carnival in the nation and 7th largest event in Tucson. Over 25,000 people attend it!

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All this magic just doesn’t happen over night. Nine student directors are hard at work year-round to plan all the details. Talk about commitment! There are also numerous volunteers who help before, during, and after the event. So all Wildcats are on board with this one!

If you’re looking for some fun right on campus, don’t miss out on Spring Fling! With over 35 rides, 20 different food booths, and awesome music from the band Small Pools… this event is one you won’t want to miss!

Spring Fling Hours of Operation:

April 10: 4-11pm*

April 11: 11a-11pm*

April 12: 11a-6pm*

* Admission closes 1 hour prior to carnival closure.

– Lucero

A Band On The Rise

31 Mar

It wasn’t until I became an avid user of Pandora (which is essentially a customizable radio that learns  your preferences and introduces you to new music you might like) that I stumbled upon the band Smallpools. In high school, my taste in music was quite stationary in that it barely deviated from whatever mainstream music that was dominating the radio at the time. But thanks to a lovely friend of mine who I met here at the University of Arizona, my unwavering preference in music became a thing of the past, and I absolutely loved it.

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From left to right: Joseph Intile (bass), Sean Scanlon (vocals), Beau Kuther (drums), Mike Kamerman (guitar)

The band consists of 4 members (see picture above…). Kamerman and Scanlon both were members of various bands previously. It wasn’t until the two stumbled upon Kuther and Intile that Smallpools was formed! Their debut song, “Dreaming” was released on March 16, 2013 and it was well received, placing at #23 on Billboard’s Alternative Song chart as well as landing the #1 spot on Hype MachineThis particular song was also featured on the FIFA 14 soundtrack as well as the season 5 premiere of The Vampire Diaries. 

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(click on the picture to watch the music video for “Dreaming”)

On March 16th, the band released their very first album, LOVETAP! and I was NOT disappointed! A few of the songs on the album were released well before, one which I’m sure most people have already heard. If you don’t believe me, click here to see for yourself. It’s a real shame when we hear a song that we like on the radio or in a store, but don’t know who the heck actually sings it! My personal favorites on LOVETAP! is “Street Fight” and “American Love”. Click here and here and you’ll see what I mean 🙂

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The University of Arizona’s 2015 Spring Fling is happening from the April 10th-12th, and Smallpools performs on Saturday, April 11th from 7:00-8:00 pm. You won’t want to miss it!

Cheers,

Casey

Change Your Course With A Summer Course!

6 Mar

Now I know taking summer classes doesn’t seem like the most glamorous way to spend one’s summer break, but hear me out!

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Summer courses at the U of A are scheduled in 2 sessions, each class lasting 5 weeks. Now this means that you’ll be learning the material at a much faster pace than you normally would during the Spring/Fall Semester, and they will most likely occur more than 2-3 times per week. But don’t let that intimidate you! Though this may sound a bit overwhelming, when you’re only taking 1 or 2 classes, it really isn’t all that bad.

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Last summer, I stayed in Oregon with my mother for about a month. And during that time period I really didn’t have much to do considering my mom was at work for most of the day. So I applied for financial aid (yes, there is such a thing for summer courses) and once I got the A-Okay, I enrolled in 2 online classes since I knew I would be out of the state. So even if you won’t be in Tucson for the summer, taking online courses is always a great way to keep you busy!

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Because I was taking 2 classes, versus 4 or 5, my workload was SO much lighter, and incredibly easy to handle while still having time to relax during my break. I got A’s in both class, which raised my GPA by almost .2 points! And we all know how beautiful that can be 🙂

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So try not to write off summer courses right away, because it’s a manageable and efficient way to “point” your GPA in the right direction and get ahead, while still having the time to enjoy your well deserved summer break.

Best of all, registration for summer courses is now available on  UAccess!

Cheers,

Casey

Giving Back to the Community

22 Feb

Have you always wanted to get involved with the Tucson community, but weren’t sure how to start?  Joining a UA club that gives back to the community is a great way to do this!  With hundreds of clubs on campus, this blog will only highlight a few of the service clubs, so for a complete list of all clubs at the University of Arizona, check out the ASUA’s website.

Best Buddies is a club on campus that fosters friendships, employment, and leadership development for those with intellectual disabilities.  To become a College Best Buddy, you must be a full time student and in good academic standing.

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Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tucson, otherwise known as “U of A Bigs” connects you to a child in the Tucson area. Through “volunteer recruitment, community outreach, fundraising, and community-building,” you can become a mentor and form a one-on-one relationship with your ‘Little’.”

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Challah for Hunger is an organization on campus that bakes challah bread to promote and educate awareness for social issues locally and abroad.  Half of their profits are donated to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Challah for Hunger bakes every Thursday evening and sells the challah on the Mall every Friday at 10:00 am.

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MEDLIFE at the University of Arizona is a global health organization that provides health care and improved access to Medicine, Education, and Development (MEDs) to low income families and those in underdeveloped countries.

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So if you ever find yourself bored over the weekend, join one of these clubs, go outside, and do something worthwhile!  Remember that these are only a few clubs out of the hundreds within UA, if none of them fit your preference, keep searching for one that does.

-Kaelyn

Fununteer: Is that a thing?

19 Feb

Think about volunteering and giving back to the community. What do you picture? Maybe a hot Tucson day picking out weeds at a local park or cleansing the streets of Tucson from the littering habits of careless individuals. Yes, these are very common volunteer options, but what if these ‘typical’ volunteer activities weren’t the only way? What if there were fun ways to volunteer? Call me crazy, but having fun while still giving back to the community doesn’t sound like a bad thing at all!

So what are some of these magic ways to volunteer? Well, they’re endless – but here’s  a few ideas to get you started.

1. Hospitals

Volunteering at hospitals can be a fun experience! If you’re into the healthcare scene, this is a great opportunity for you to get hands-on experience with all the intricacies of hospital settings. Maybe the hospital system isn’t what you’re into and you’re looking for more interactive volunteering. This is still a great environment for that too! Some volunteering may include direct interaction with the patients. Whether you chat it up with patients, read to them, or put on a program for their entertainment, you can still have those meaningful interactions in a hospital! If you want more information from a local hospital check out: Diamond Children’s or The University of Arizona Medical Center as both are conveniently located close to campus. 

2. Animal Shelters

So maybe people aren’t your number one choice for species. How about animals? Animal shelters are great places to volunteer if you’re an animal lover! This opportunity might involve a bit more preparation than other volunteering since you might undergo some training, but at the end of the day you could catch the attention of the cutest pup at the shelter! I don’t know about you, but playing with the animals sounds way better than cleaning streets! Keep in mind you’ll likely also help out with cleaning kennels, so trash might sound better after all…

Check out the Humane Society of Southern Arizona or Pima Animal Care Center for more information about volunteering.

3. Community Gardens

Let’s say by this point you discover a moving, breathing thing might not be your cup of tea. Maybe something less active to interact with is for you… how about plants? Tucson has a few community gardens which allow you to plant and care for your very own plants. This is a great way not only to lead a more  sustainable and green-friendly life, but you can actually donate the food you grow to community food banks or other organizations that give back to those in need. The UA actually has its own community garden around campus and the city of Tucson provides many opportunities for community gardening.

4. Working with Children

When looking for real fun look no further than the experts in fun: KIDS! What better volunteer work than playing and interacting with little ones? Tucson has a multitude of programs and organizations that are looking for volunteers to help out with children! From Casa de los Niños to Big Brothers Big Sisters, volunteering with children is a fun learning experience that allows you to build interpersonal skills, expand your creativity levels, and let your imagination run wild and free as a kid’s!

The number of volunteer opportunities that aren’t your typical clean-up style options are endless! The beauty about volunteering is that there are so many ways you can make a difference in someone’s life. As with most things, it’s about having an open mind and seeking those opportunities! Here are some good websites to check out to find volunteer options: VolunteerUA or VolunteerMatch.

Happy volunteering!

– Lucero

The Hidden (and Not-So-Hidden) Gems of Tucson

12 Dec

With all of the chaos of finals, it can be hard to remember that sweet, SWEET winter break is coming! For those of you who aren’t taking winter courses this is a beautiful opportunity to relax, live life more momentously and memorably, adventure, and get away from the semester tortures of homework and exams. For those of you taking classes, good luck my friend… may the force be with you. I kid, I kid. Even if you’re taking a class you still have the opportunity to do all of the above things.

If you’re staying here in Tucson get excited! Tucson has a multitude of adventures and gems waiting to be discovered by you. Now the question is: are you up for the challenge?

Here are a few of my personal favorite Tucson gems! I hope you get out this winter break and emerge in at least one of them!

1. Hiking.

Tucson has some pretty sweet spots for memorable and exhilarating hikes! Even if not located in Tucson these spots are close enough to check them out. These are my personal faves:

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Tumamoc Hill
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“A” Mountain (Sentinel Peak)

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Picacho Peak

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Romero Pools

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Sabino Canyon

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Mt. Lemmon

2. Museums

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Tucson Museum of Art

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Arizona State Museum

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art

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Pima Air and Space Museum

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San Xavier Mission

3. Parks/Observatories/Others

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Reid Park/Zoo

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Biosphere 2

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Kitt Peak Observatory

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Saguaro National Park

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Tucson Botanical Gardens

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Tohono Chul Park

 

4. Tucson Attractions

The Loft

Rialto

Centennial Hall

Get Air

Rocks and Ropes

Golf N Stuff

Gaslight Theatre

Old Tucson

5. Holiday Fun

Winterhaven

20th Annual  Parade of Lights

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Old Tucson Old Time Holidays

Season of Light Planetarium Shows

6. Food stops

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La Cocina

 

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Cup Cafe

The Hub

Chocolate Iguana

Zinburger

Wilko/Pasco

Mi Nidito

Guero Canelo

Blue Willow

– Lucero