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Finding your F R I E N D S

17 Oct

One of the most difficult things about college for some people can be trying to find a good group of friends to hang with. You would think it’d be the opposite with all the thousands of students roaming campus day and night, but the truth of the matter is that it’s not. For some, it can be one of the scariest things to do. This is especially true for those who aren’t quite sure what type of people they want to associate themselves with.

When I first got to the UA, one of my biggest concerns was similar to what I opened this blog with. For me, making friends was honestly kind of an insecurity of mine. I was a very different person when I started my freshman year compared to the person I am now. Looking back, I’m glad I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone–I’ve learned a lot about myself and have embraced myself in my entirety. Some of this, I will admit, was easily a result of my mingling and interacting with a wide variety of people.

The most meaningful thing I did during my first ever week on campus was taking the initiative to approach the girl down two doors from mine in the dorms. I think many of us forget that everyone here is pretty much on the same boat; a good majority of us are excited to meet someone completely new. All it takes is a tiny bit of courage to walk up and be able to say “hey, what’s up?” You may find that a few years down the line, those are the people you share laughs and pay bills with (roommate stuff, you know?). You’ll also come to realize that those are the people who help your inner circle grow just as you will probably do for them.

Of course, not everyone feels comfortable just approaching their neighbor like nothing. This is where campus programs themselves can come in as a life saver. Clubs, Greek life, academic organizations… the list goes on. Even work! All of these things can be great options for students to come in contact with other students who are more than likely open to building new friendships. Generally, people seem to like people. And those who don’t like people, well they always have at least one person they like.

My point is, everyone needs a friend. Why not put yourself out there?

College is something worth making memorable. As it turns out, some of the most memorable things in life happen to involve good friends and good times. Whether it takes building up a little bit of courage or joining a number of new activities someone or something will click. It’s safe to come to the conclusion that most people will no doubt be friendly to begin with.

-Diana

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#SuperSquadGoals

17 Oct

Don’t know if anyone has told you, but the college friendship scene is really different. You might feel like you have to balance your different groups and have to be different around each group.

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A good friend mix is exactly what it is: a mixture of different personalities. Finding people who you can be yourself around is important. A real friend group is one where you are yourself 24/7, and you can be happy! Most groups have a mix of:

  1. The joker

Oh, my favorite type of person! The joker is the person that will always make you laugh. Always. You might be this person, or you know exactly who this wonderful person is! You know you’ll be able to depend on this person to make you smile and laugh in your times of need, or all the time! Everybody needs a little joke in their life!

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  1. The brawn

Ah, #TeamMuscle. This person – you know who I mean – is the bodyguard of the group. They might not be the actual muscle of the group – they can be smaller or tinier than you – but you know for sure, that at any time of day if someone were to approach you wrong or even look at you weird, they’re ready to protect you at all costs. They are the ones always watching out, always making sure your squad is safe.

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  1. The brains

Every super squad needs a planner -the brains. This person plans all of the squad outings, the birthday parties, the late night food runs. They are the head of the groupchat, the coordinator of outfits, and the last minute party planner. You know you can come to them for any group questions, if you want to surprise someone in the group, or if you want someone to make a decision for you.

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  1. The listener

AKA the ultimate problem solver. This is the caretaker of the group; they will listen to everyone’s problems, and not take sides until they’ve assessed all of the problems. This is the Switzerland of your friend group. The listener is a great friend that helps you figure your stuff out without really talking. They solve problems between groups, your internal problems, and honestly they know what everyone wants for holidays and birthdays because they listen.

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  1. The foodie

This is me. This is the person that always has snacks in their bags or pockets. Foodies are always hungry, and always have a place in mind of where to satisfy their hunger. You can rely on the Foodie to always go with you to eat. Name a time and a type of food you want, and they’ll be there to recommend and eat with you! Munch on, Foodies!

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With all of this in mind, you need to remember that it’s okay if your friends don’t have all the same characteristics as you. You are a piece of the puzzle that makes your friend group! Be yourself, because everyone has their own role and personality!

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SO, go out there, find some people, and make your #SuperSquad

Stay beautiful,

Lils xx

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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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 

There’s No Place Like Home?

13 Oct

No matter where you’re from, coming to college is a huge transition for you, your family, and your friends. It can be difficult to find a new balance in those relationships as your priorities and obligations change. College is also a time for you to grow as a person and discover your values and beliefs, which may not always match up with those of your family or friends. If you are finding it challenging to navigate this adjustment, it’s completely normal. Here’s some tips to help ease that transition.

  1. Create or maintain boundaries
    For many people, it is very difficult to create boundaries – especially with those we have close relationships with. However, creating those boundaries and learning when to say “no” or “I need some space” is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Decide where your limits are by taking a good look at your values and the priorities that need to take precedence in your life right now. Then make the commitment to stick to those limits, no matter how uncomfortable it can be.
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    You may have “helicopter parents” who want to be involved in every single thing you do, every decision you make, and never seem to leave you alone. Remember that they are learning to let you be independent, and that it’s usually because they are worried about you. Sometimes you just have to let that 6th phone call of the day go to voicemail or send a text saying you can’t talk right now, and it will feel a little awkward.
    If you came to college with a friend group from high school, chances are some of them will feel jealous once you start meeting new people. You may have to initiate a conversation with those friends to help them understand why you aren’t around as much anymore. It’s perfectly okay to make new friends! In fact, you may end up outgrowing your high school friends and there is nothing wrong with that either.
  2. Modes of communication
    Thanks to the technology available, it is easier than ever to stay in touch with your loved ones. Group chats are a great way to share the funny things that happen or work through your tough days with family and friends. Facetime and Skype are perfect for storytime when something huge is going on, and it helps feel like you’re with them even if you are miles and miles away. Continue to follow your boundaries with how often you use these modes of communication, but take full advantage of them as well.

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    An accurate representation of chats with your best friend.

  3. Visiting home
    No matter where you’re from, being at home can be both comforting and challenging. Sometimes parents forget that you’re an adult now and you lose a lot of the freedoms that you have while at college.

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    How family, friends, and pets react when you come home.

    If you aren’t living at home, there’s a lot of factors to consider when visiting home. Tucson natives struggle with everyone saying “it’s so easy to go home” and balancing the demands of being a student. While it is really easy to go home, you have to live your own life. When visiting, sometimes you have to bring your homework with you and you may not get to go on a ton of family excursions for the sake of completing assignments.
    If your hometown is a few hours (or a long plane ride) away, visiting home takes a lot more planning. You have to figure out the costs of traveling and how to work around your class or work schedule. When you do get the chance to go home, you still have the same balancing act as Tucsonans in terms of focusing on school while catching up with your family.

  4. Homesickness
    No matter where you’re from, homesickness will hit you at some point or another. You miss food that isn’t from a fast-food joint, the softness of your own bed, your favorite restaurants, and the scenery. As painful as it is, you will survive it. Let yourself feel a little sad, then do something that reminds you of home.
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Navigating these relationships can be uncomfortable and emotional, but it’s a normal part of being an adult. As difficult as it can be, you will learn a lot about yourself in the process. Remember that what your relationships look like will be different according to your needs and wants.

– Gabriela

 

Dorm Sweet Dorm

13 Oct

Hey, Wildcats! Around this time in the semester, you may be starting to encounter a little something called homesickness. Don’t worry, it’s not fatal, and with some tender love and care, you’ll be feeling better in no time!

Homesickness is very, very common for first – and even second – year college students. It may be your first time living by yourself, away from your parents, siblings, and pets. Quite honestly, it can be terrifying at first, but once you start to grow comfortable, your dorm will start to feel just like home!

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When I was a freshman, I was very scared to live by myself. I would call my mom all the time just so I could hear her voice. I had a tough time sleeping for the first few weeks with my new roommate. I had to learn how to make my own coffee in the morning, and wake up without my mom shouting at me. Nearly every weekend, I would make the 2 hour drive to go back home and stay with my parents.

Unfortunately, tons of students come from out of state, which makes it difficult to visit home. If you’re not from Arizona, you may have to wait months to go visit your parents. You may start to miss home, and count the days until winter break. Don’t fret, with some time and effort, you can ease your homesickness. There are tons of great ways to make your dorm feel like a home away from home!

  1. Utilize pictures! You know those huge photo albums your mom has lying around in the living room? They’re stuffed with tons of embarrassing, yet memorable pictures – use them! Take some of your favorite pictures from home, or print out some pictures from your phone, and put them up around your dorm room. This will create a space that is filled with your favorite people: friends, family, pups, cats, etc. Whenever you wake up in the morning, you’ll be comforted by the memories captured in those pictures.

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  1. Bring things from home! When I was packing up my room and getting ready to move, I made sure to bring all of my favorite and most sentimental items. My coziest blankets and my oldest stuffed animals are among some of the treasures that I brought along with me to college. Anything that has sentimental value, or reminds you of home, is worth bringing with you in your move!
  2. Make the space yoursMoving into a bland, empty dorm room is awful. Don’t let the space go to waste! Use your pictures, posters, tapestries, and other decor to reflect yourself in the space. Get a bedspread with cool designs on it, buy some string lights, and throw some posters and the wall and BAM! Welcome home! Your dorm room is yours to do whatever you like with (as long as you use Command strips). Go wild, and decorate your space however you like.

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Homesickness is common, and totally curable. Surround yourself with things and people you love, and you’ll be feeling better in no time! Remember that your parents are just a call away – this is the 21st century, after all. You have the opportunity to create something amazing and wonderful, so do it! If homesickness does manage to take over, though, make sure to utilize UA’s amazing resources, such as CAPS at Campus Health.

-Elizabeth

Midterms, Registration, and More!

11 Oct

Fall is finally here, and with the changing of seasons comes the onslaught of midterms! This can be a very stressful time for students, but I would say it’s an especially stressful time for first-year students. I remember that for me, personally, just the prospect of midterms would bring on anxiety my freshman year.

Think about it: in high school, students are tested essentially every other week on a relatively small amount of material. Now, they have to account for a month and half’s worth material, and in addition to that, they can’t even be sure of exam formats since this is their first time testing with a particular professor. These are the first round of tests that freshman will be taking as college students, and that is a big deal!

However, there are ways to plan preemptively and make it through midterm season! For example, students can take advantage of the University of Arizona Think Tank. Think Tank offers a wide variety of services for a multitude of subjects. Additionally, many of these services are of no cost at all. So depending on a student’s level of need, they can get whatever kind of assistance they require! Additionally, to stay on top of their assignments, students should be taking advantage of the library’s resources, like the Assignment Scheduler! The library also has free study rooms that students can book for group and/or individual work.

In addition to thinking about midterms, students must also think about next semester since registration is upon us! The place to get all of a student’s registration information would be uaccess.arizona.edu. In the blue boxes along the right side of UAccess Student Center screen, students will see when registration opens up for them and if there are any holds on their account which may not permit them to register for courses! In addition to that, their academic advisor will be listed in one of these blue boxes. As a senior at the UA, I cannot impress upon students enough how important it is to visit your advisor before registering for courses!

Lastly, while seasons are changing, a lot of students are catching small (or large) colds. Getting sick in college is rough – you no longer have your parents readily available with warm soup and warmer hugs!! Even if you’re not feeling ill, it is completely normal for students to feel homesick during this time of the semester. Personally, as an out of state student freshman year, October was when the glow of being “independent” started wearing off, and I started counting down the days until Thanksgiving break!

To avoid feeling isolated and to confront homesickness, students should consider talking to a peer mentor at the UA. For example, ASA Peer Mentors has an excellent staff of students who are willing to listen, guide, and assist in the best way they can! Additionally, if students are living on campus, then they can always speak to their Resident Hall Advisors (more commonly known as RA’s)! If they are looking for additional support and would prefer talking to professional on campus, CAPS is an amazing resource offered by the UA as well. The Center for Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS) exists so students can discuss their personal problems, find personalized treatment, and stay on track with their academic goals.

That’s all for now — as you can tell, the beginning of Fall can be quite a stressful time for students, but if they take advantage of the multitude of resources around them, they will be just fine!

-Amna

 

The Non-Morning Person’s Guide to Registration

9 Oct

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I am not a morning person. I admire those people that are, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t make myself enjoy mornings. So when I know that registration is coming up and I’m going to have to be on UAccess at 6am to register for my classes, I’m not a happy camper. Since I struggle so much with mornings, I do everything I can to make early morning registration go as smoothly (and quickly) as possible so I can go back to bed before class. Here are my top tips to having a smooth registration.

  1. Meet with your advisor at least two weeks before your registration date. This way you’ll know you’re taking what you need to in order to stay on track with your four year plan. If you don’t have a four year plan, this is a great time to make one so that you have a general idea of where you’re going and what you need to take to graduate on time.
  2. Make sure your shopping cart has all of your classes in it before the morning of registration. If your shopping cart is loaded up, all you have to do on that morning is wake up, click enroll, and go back to sleep ASAP.
  3. Explore UAccess prior to registration and know what to do to enroll. There’s a lot going on in UAccess. Take 15 minutes the week before registration to walk yourself through the enrollment process. This prevents a scenario where 6:00 hits on registration morning and you’re completely lost on UAccess and all of your classes fill up. Taking the 15 minutes to do a simple walkthrough can save you a lot of time and trouble later on.
  4. Set multiple alarms. Waking up early is pretty much the worst. I don’t know how many times I’ve overslept because I thought I hit snooze when I actually turned my alarm off. Waking up that early is hard but not getting into the classes you need is probably harder. Make sure that you’re up on time and ready.
  5. Have a backup plan and a backup backup plan. Some classes fill up pretty much the second the clock hits 6:00, no matter how fast you click the enroll button. If you have a backup plan, you’ll at least be able to add something into your schedule so you aren’t stuck with no classes. And if you don’t get the particular time, professor, or class that you really want, you can check in later in the semester to see if it has open spots. It’s better to be in something that isn’t your top choice than nothing at all.
  6. Have a backup computer plan. As great as technology is, it fails sometimes (usually at the most inconvenient time possible). Have a backup plan for registration, whether that’s your phone, roommate’s computer, or head to the library. You don’t want your computer to crash and spend the whole morning panicking.
  7. Wake up at 5:45 to make sure that your computer and internet are working. Waking up just a few minutes early gives you time to troubleshoot any computer or internet problems. If your internet is down and you have to run to the nearest Starbucks with free wifi or if your computer decided to install updates overnight, give yourself a buffer to deal with these issues.
  8. Don’t refresh UAccess while waiting for your classes to be confirmed. It’s really tempting when you’re waiting and it seems like nothing’s happening. However, if you refresh the page you’ll have to start all over and there’s a greater chance your classes won’t be available. Even if it seems like the page isn’t loading, it’s actually working and you should get a confirmation soon. You have to remember that there’s thousands of other students doing the exact same thing at the exact same time, so the system gets a little slow.
  9. Don’t panic and be patient. If you don’t get your classes right away or if your computer crashes at 5:59, panicking isn’t going to solve anything. Stay calm and readjust your schedule as best as possible (good thing you have that backup plan, right?). If a class is something you absolutely have to be in or if you end up needing additional department permission to get in the class, shoot a quick email to your advisor and be patient. They’re super busy these few weeks (especially on registration day) but they will get back to you as soon as they can.

Registration isn’t fun, especially if you’re like me and don’t do mornings well. If you’re prepared and on top of the situation, it’ll be smooth sailing and you’ll be back to sleep in no time.

Happy Registration!

-Jess

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How To: Hack Registration

9 Oct

As chaotic as it might seem, registration for the spring semester is just around the corner, Wildcats! I don’t know about all of you, but I feel like the semester just started, so the idea of already planning for the next one has me a little frazzled! Luckily, there’s nothing to worry about because if we all just take a few of these preliminary steps —————————————————–>> we should be golden for registration!

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So let’s get started!

  1. GO SEE YOUR ADVISOR. This is my third year registering for classes y’all, and let me tell you I have made every excuse to avoid doing this. (Don’t get me wrong, I really like my advisor, but sometimes it feels like such a hassle to make the appointment, you know?) But please, just do it! It will be worth it. Your advisor will talk you through all the courses you need to take for graduation, major, scholarship, and financial aid purposes. All you have to do is sit there, listen, take some notes, and OH YEAH, make the appointment.If you still have to fulfill your gen ed requirements, ask around for some interesting ones! Trust me, there are some great gen eds out there and you do not want to get stuck taking one that you’re not going to enjoy. Do your research; ask around! reaction adventure time interesting tell me more GIF
  2. Before signing your life away to a class, check your professor out on ratemyprofessors.com. This site provides you with the student perspective of particular professors. Each student post contains the course taken, grade received, as well as personal input regarding the professor or class in general. Make sure to read through a good chunk of them to get the most unbiased review! In addition to ratemyprofessor, utilize UA’s Teacher Course Evaluations. After logging in with your UA net ID, visit this site and input all the data for the course and professor you want to search.
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  3. Become more familiar with UAccess! My hope is that all of you are already placing your courses of interest in your shopping carts. If that’s not the case, don’t worry – there’s still time! Go to UAccess.arizona.edu —> Click on your Student Center —> and hit “Search” on the drop-down list on the left side of the screen. Remember, if you ever feel overwhelmed in this process, refer back to my first point: make an appointment with your advisor! In addition to loading up your shopping cart, also make sure to check the blue boxes on the left side of your Student Center for any holds or notices on your account that might stop you from registering. cartoon adventure time high five jake the dog finn the human GIF

That’s all for now! Good luck with upcoming registration, Wildcats!

-Amna 🙂

 

Chef Gordon Ramsey’s Infamous Recipe: The Greatest You There Is

2 Oct

To my stressed out, sleep-deprived, caffeine dependent friends in the way back trying to stay sane, THIS is for you.

We all get lectured how many times to ‘stay on top of our school work’ or ‘becoming a better student.’ We spend more time trying to be the best students, overwhelming ourselves with our workloads, and we often neglect our bodies and our mental health.

Our advisors, professors, and practically everyone else wants us to be ‘the best students we can be,’ however, it’s time to focus on you, and being the greatest you you can be.

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Chef Gordon Ramsey’s Infamous Recipe:

The Greatest You There Is

1 cup    Confidence

– Let’s be real: we doubt ourselves more than we should, and it literally drags you down mentally.

– So, be confident in your decisions. Be you and own it.

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½ cup   Patience

-Ah, the hardest ingredient to obtain.

-Patience ‘is a virtue’ or something like that, am I right or am I right?

-We cannot stress ourselves out on things we cannot control; if you turned something in and you still haven’t gotten the grade back, patience is a thing.

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2 Tbsp  Naps

-Whether you’re having a rough day, or you’re just mentally exhausted, remember to unplug, unwind, and take a quick nap.

-This helps your body, mind, and mood.

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this can be you after a nap!

2 cups  Proper eating

-Trust me, I know, a Highland burrito is calling your name, and by all means, go for it. BUT, don’t eat three in a day.

-Try eating foods that are a wee bit healthier? Try to remember that your body is only going to feel as good as what you feed it.

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1 tsp     Physical activity

-EXERCISE? What is that? Pfft. I know. BUT PLEASE, just go out for a walk.

-Get some fresh air

-Get that heart rate pumping and some blood through your body.

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when someone says I should exercise with them

2 Tbsp  Meditation

-Introspection is important.

-This is just a moment for you to think to yourself, to really think about you.

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1 pinch Laughter

-LAUGH A LOT.

-THIS IS SO GOOD AND HEALTHY FOR YOU

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1 pint   Self-love

-This is one of the most important things I’ve tried to learn.

-Loving yourself is important; love who you are and the things you do.

-Be happy and love yourself!

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happiness is like a pie to the face. Am I right or am I right?

So there you go, my friends!

Love your mind and body!

Stay rad!

Lils xx

A Guide to Managing Time Management

2 Oct

I bet I can guess your current, or at least your recent, situation.

You have five classes a week: two of them have assigned essays within two days of each other, one of them scheduled an exam for Friday morning, one of them requires you to complete weekly quizzes on D2L, and who even knows what’s going on in the fifth class? You had two weeks to prepare for those essays and that exam has been scheduled since syllabus week but you STILL procrastinated and you’re STILL scrambling to get everything done the night before. Shame on you.

Just kidding, LOL. We’ve all been there (more so than we’d like to admit probably!).

So, if we’ve all been there and we’ve all wished we’d made better decisions then why haven’t we learned?! Odds are, if you’ve struggled with procrastinating on schoolwork once, then it’s happened twice. By this point we should all know what to do in order to stay up to date with assignments and responsibilities — I’m not here to repeat everything all over again, I’m just here to try and make it easier to get things done during the week. Enjoy.

Google Calendar

Google calendar is an awesome resource to help you keep your life organized. If you’re a student at the university then you likely have a university email through Google. Basically, if you have an email through Google you have complete access to the applications offered in a Google account including Google Calendar. GC is a great tool for scheduling events, assignment due dates, setting reminders, etc. in order to make sure that your week is planned in an orderly and attainable fashion. This is definitely one of the easiest and most efficient ways to make sure you’re never rushing to get things done again.

iPhone Reminders

iPhone Reminders is one of those apps that everyone has but no one really uses. Most of us probably wish that we could get rid of it and use the extra storage for just about anything else, but the thing is Reminders can come in pretty handy! It’s like a to-do list that literally sends you reminders of when to do whatever it is you need to get done. As soon as it gets done you check it off and that’s it!

Set yourself up with a weekly schedule

It may seem too obvious to even be a thing, but it is in fact a thing. The sooner you accustom yourself to a set work schedule during the week the sooner you’ll notice a change in the way you get things done. Say, for example, you put yourself on a 9-5 schedule: Wake up, get work done, go to class. Dedicate those eight hours to getting all of your responsibilities taken care of and you’ll likely have more time to relax and less stress to take on the night before assignments and exams.

School shouldn’t have you losing countless hours of sleep every week! There are SO many ways to get things done without stressing about whether they’ll be done well or not. It really is just a matter of trying different things out and seeing what works best for you. There is something for everyone.

-Diana