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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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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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

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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

 

#StudiousSeptember: Meal Prepping

29 Sep

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Bust out your aprons and get ready to start cooking! Whether you relate more to the show Worst Cooks in America or Master Chef, I can guarantee you have the capability to prep your meals for the school week. I know right now, everyone is talking about meal prep to get in shape, but there are many other benefits than that. It saves you time and money during the week.

If you are a full student, like I am, it’s very hard to find time during the week to cook and fast food ends up being the majority of you food intake. Meal prepping eliminates this because on the weekend (I usually prefer Sunday) you can cook all of your lunches for the week and put them in tupperware containers. Like I stated earlier, no matter your skill level, you will be able to do this! Meal prepping doesn’t have to be fancy and you can use your simplest recipes to save money and time.

There are many ways you can start to meal prep, but this is a break down of what I usually do for the week:

Before or on Sunday, I will plan out what I will buy at the grocery store for my lunches. (Even though I usually meal prep for just my lunches, you can use meal prepping for dinner if you have late courses, or for breakfast if you are an early riser) Remember that any meal you can make can be turned into a meal prep recipe, just cook more servings! As a college student, I have to budget constantly, which usually is one of the largest factor that controls what I buy. Along with a strict budget, another thing that controls what I buy for the week depends on my appetite. I sometimes get bored with my food during the week so I like to try to have slight variations. For example, if I cook chicken for the week, I will sometimes put green beans with it for one day and on another I will substitute the green beans for wedged potatoes.

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After a trip to the grocery store, it’s cooking time! Instead of dreading cooking a meal for the week, my boyfriend and I try to make it as fun as possible. We will put on music and make an afternoon of cooking. We will prep all of our ingredients and incorporate new spices, while trying to imitate the lovely Chef Ramsay’s cooking (we’ll also try to do our best Ramsay impressions!). Once we are all done, we will divide the meals into tupperware dishes, place them into the refrigerator, and in the morning grab our meals before we are on our way to work and school. Meal prepping is pretty straight forward and is also very versatile once you start learning how to cook more foods. 

Even though now I would rather cook than go to a fast food place, I was not the biggest cook when I first started college. I was busy with classes and I didn’t know how to make anything other than grilled cheese and the boxed mac and cheese. Cooking was a very daunting and difficult task for me until I started to meal prep. I started by looking up different recipes on Pinterest and All Recipes that were easy and simple to make. After a few months of copying recipes, I started to go off of my judgment of spices and food pairings that I like rather than just what is on the internet. I learned I really love to cook and there is so many different things you can do with meat and veggies. Now, this is one of my favorite times of the week because I am creating something new and learning how to use kitchen appliances that were once foreign objects to me like a cast iron skillet and a wok. Cooking is something I think everyone should at least try because it is fun and has a great reward: an amazing meal! Not only is it yummy, but you feel a sense of accomplishment knowing you are the one who created it!

Below I have provided a few simple recipes for you to try whether you are a veteran in meal prepping or trying it for the first time! Have fun and cook on!

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Meal Prep for Breakfast:

     Mason Jar Oatmeal                                                                          Breakfast Burritos
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Meal Prep for Lunch:

        Mason Jar Salads                                                               Pesto Chicken Sandwich

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Meal Prep for Dinner:

Chicken Fried Rice

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I have attached a recipe for chicken fried rice on the title and the photo I included is what my boyfriend and I made this week! Instead of traditional chicken fried rice, we decided to put our own spin on it. For the veggies, we used green onion, carrots, yellow squash, and sugar snap peas and we put in extra chicken! Even if you start out with a recipe, put your spin on it and include what you like!

Best,
Courtney

 

#StudiousSeptember: It Starts With You!

28 Sep

Every year, the Wildcat Connections team is asked to write a blog for the month of September that focuses on preparing for classes. This means exams, quizzes, assignments…the works. The thing is, there are tons of people, in addition to blogs, out there that can guide you on what to do. In fact, it’s almost common knowledge at this point (And if it isn’t, no big deal! There’s always someone to help!). It just so happens to be my opinion that during these busy midterm/project/absolute-chaos times many people understandably forget the importance of a little bit of self-care, including myself.

Preparing for classes goes beyond buying a few notebooks and some textbooks. Of course those things are necessary for success, but what is also necessary are the measures being taken to make sure your body and your mind are ready to achieve the year’s goals. Eating right, staying hydrated, and taking the time to sleep should all be things that students keep in mind beginning, during, and ending the school year. Here are a few things that I like to do to keep myself going during the school year!:

Stock up on groceries:

Making sure that you’re eating the right things will make sure that your body is on the right track for success. I like to keep a nice healthy, stocked fridge and pantry more often than not. Of course, cooking always takes time: buying the ingredients, preparing, and then cooking. Not everyone has the time to get lunch or dinner made before having to hit the books again. But the thing is, not every meal has to be gourmet! Buying fruits to snack on, easy-to-prepare meals, etc. can make all the difference in the way that you feel on a daily basis. Eating right fuels your body with the calories it needs to get things done.

Stay hydrated:

Arizona is hot. Pretty basic stuff. Everyone always stresses the fact that drinking water consistently throughout the day in important for a reason! Water bottles can get expensive and drinking fountains aren’t always the tastiest options for hydrating but there are ways to go around these things. Lots of people nowadays have a hydroflask or something of the likeness and it really does make staying hydrated much, much easier. Not only does it save you money, but water is one of the nature’s energizers: drinking lots of it keeps your body working right and your energy level steady so that you can through any part of the day.

SLEEP:

You would think that emphasizing sleep wouldn’t be necessary for many college students but the truth is that yes, it is. Understandably, many of us put our responsibilities or our social lives over the fact that getting a good night’s rest is a lot more important than one would think. It absolutely is possible to get things done in day and still be able to sleep for at least 6-8 hours a night. It’s all about managing your time and your responsibilities well! From experience, I can say that the way my days go and the things I am able to accomplish when I’ve slept well do not compare to the lack of energy and the lack of focus of a day following two or three hours of sleep. Sleep is a mood enhancer, a beautifier, and a necessary part of staying energized when it comes to being successful in everyday life.

Do these three things (in addition to whatever else you may find useful) and the path to accomplishing great things becomes a lot more enjoyable. There’s no fun in succeeding in certain aspects of life and finding that you didn’t enjoy the process or that you can’t celebrate the results. To reach the finish line, one needs to ensure that the runner is always ready to go!

-Diana

#StudiousSeptember: Old habits die hard

28 Sep

This year is my fourth and final year as an undergraduate student at the U of A. At this point, I am fairly comfortable with my study habits. However, as I have taken on more extracurricular commitments than I am used to this year, the first few weeks presented a time management challenge for me. Suddenly, everything that helped me be successful in the past wasn’t working anymore. Here’s three easy strategies that I’ve been trying for the past few weeks.

  1. Keeping a more detailed online calendar
    There are a lot of online calendars out there, but the one I’m using is Outlook. I like having this tool to keep track of my hourly schedule, while my paper planner is to track completion of readings and homework assignments. It’s been helpful for me to immediately put meetings and appointments that come up into my calendar so that I don’t miss anything important. I tend to be very forgetful, so this has been instrumental in keeping my life together.
  2. Turning my phone off for brief periods of time when working on homework
    I never realized how much of a distraction my phone could be until I started doing this. My friends send me lots of random texts, memes, snapchats, and group messages. Checking all of those as soon as they come in turns out to be a huge time drain. What I’ve started doing now is turning off my phone or putting it on airplane mode for 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Taking advantage of lunch breaks
    This is the first semester that where I’ve had true lunch breaks that lasted more than enough time to wait for food and scarf it down before the next class. I’ve been able to really take advantage of those few hours to get ahead on readings, review notes, and even take the occasional nap. Attempting to get as much done as possible during the day has been helpful in maintaining a healthy, balanced life.

If you are noticing that some of the things you tried in high school aren’t helpful or are even holding you back, don’t be afraid to try some of these strategies or research other time management tips online. Best of luck with the rest of the semester!

-Gabriela

#StudiousSeptember: How to Stay One Jump Ahead

27 Sep

Happy September, my fellow stressed out Wildcats!

It’s grind time, or moreover, time to get things moving if they aren’t already!

And for y’all who haven’t started getting to it, don’t worry, I haven’t either! And much like Aladdin had Genie, I’m here to help you stay one jump ahead!

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we’re all in this together, am I right or am I right?

PLAN

Let’s not lie to each other. I rarely plan things. I honestly am in the habit of going on a whim or just winging it. So, when I say we have to stay one jump ahead, WE NEED TO STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD.

So grab your handy dandy planner, and write things for the week! Assignments? Quizzes? Discussion posts? Write it all now so you won’t have to later! TRUST ME. THIS WORKS.

Don’t you want that satisfying feeling of checking stuff off your list, or do you want that pitting feeling at 11pm about the assignment you forgot about?

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DO YOUR WORK EARLY

What??? Early?

Yeah, yeah, I know. But, I promise you, if you do your week’s notes on Sunday and just relax and reread them before lecture, you won’t be in such a flustered mood during lecture to get things down!

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Class will then be a debriefing period for you to ask questions and recall what you actually learned from notes!

DAY SCHEDULE

Schedule some YOU time. Make sure that you actually give yourself some time to nap, snack, or just go on a jog. BUT MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT spending TOO much time on you and not enough on schoolwork. It’s a balancing game, but this is how you physically and mentally stay ahead. DON’T overwhelm yourself!

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put your thinking cap on, and start going.

SLEEP

My favorite tip to stay one step ahead is to actually sleep. Put the phone down, you can stop playing PUBG an hour earlier than you need to be, and sleep. Try to let your body stay ahead. A week’s worth of only 5 hours of sleep a night adds up, and by Thursday you’re going to be needing more than a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

SO SLEEP!

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So there are my favorite tips and tricks to staying ahead! Make sure you leave room for fun, and for your mental health!

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Stay beautiful,

Lils xx

#StudiousSeptember: Let’s Get Involved

27 Sep

Hey, Wildcats! We’re about 4 weeks into the semester now, and things around campus are falling into a nice, steady rhythm! You know what to expect from your classes now, and how much time to dedicate to each. Exams are coming up and midterms will be just around the corner. While it’s exciting to reach a comfortable point in the semester, it can be easy to get too comfortable.

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Every semester, I find myself reaching the point of exhaustion around this time. Staying motivated can be difficult and it can be easy to procrastinate your homework! The first exams are crucial to your grades and understanding of course material, so it’s important to keep your brain and health in good shape so your can do your best.

One of the best ways I have found to alleviate the exhaustion is to take “me time.” As many of you already know, “me time” classifies as anything that may be relaxing or enjoyable to you. Some people may take a nice warm bath while listening to their favorite music. Others may go for a jog, or read a book. People like me may want to hop into some extracurriculars – such as joining a new club!

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Clubs are one of UA’s most incredible features! 600 clubs, tailored to all kinds of different interests, activities, and hobbies are available to all students on campus. You may be thinking, “How will I be able to choose which club is right for me?” Luckily for you, I’ve come up with some steps you may want to take while choosing your club!

  1. Identify what your passions and interests are. You want to spend your time doing something your truly enjoy. What do you enjoy doing during your “me time”? If you want to do something pertaining to your major, that’s great! If you want to do something that you love as a hobby, that’s great, too! Maybe you want to reach out of your comfort zone and try something completely new.
  2. Explore the clubs UA has to offer. There are so many clubs to enjoy on campus! From cultural organizations to sports clubs to a cappella groups, UA will provide you with more options than you can imagine. ASUA’s Club Resource Center directory provides students with the resources to explore and join different clubs available on campus!
  3. Join A Club. Once you’ve found your perfect fit, join! While there is sometimes a fee, it is small in comparison to the experiences that your club will give you. Many clubs go on trips to many different places, perform for other people, help you create a network, or connect you to people who have similar interests as you! You can’t get the same experience anywhere else on campus, so reach out and try something new!

Even when things get a little chaotic during the semester, it’s important to remember that you’re only human. As a student, you have so many pressures around you, and taking time for yourself is healthy and vital to your success. Spend time doing the things you love, and explore what’s available to you during your college journey!

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-Elizabeth

#StudiousSeptember: Busy Schedule Organization

26 Sep

Staying organized and having good time management is really hard, especially after coming back from summer break. I know that it’s definitely one of the things I struggle with the most: balancing classes, work, homework, and extracurricular activities. But this year I really made it a priority to manage my time well and stay more organized on a weekly basis and for the whole semester. Through a lot of trial and error, this semester I’ve really figured out what works for me to keep myself organized and on top of things. While what works best for me might not be what works best for you, here are my top tips on how to keep track of everything that’s going on and stay organized for the semester.

  1. Utilize a planner for long-term organization. I’ve always bought planners and then failed to use them past the first week. This semester, though, I’ve been utilizing my planner to keep track of dates of assignments, exams, club meetings, and events. It’s really helped me not only remember what I have going on, but also be proactive in studying and doing assignments. It keeps me aware when I have a busier week coming up to do things in advance. Since I’m in multiple clubs that have lots of weekend events, it’s also helped a lot with scheduling and keeping track of what I have on the weekends.
  2. Use lists for day to day activities. Every week, I make a list of all of the assignments, exams, meetings, and events I have for the upcoming week. Because of this, I don’t forget that I have things due and can plan when to do school work between meetings.
  3. Break up tasks into manageable action steps. “Read pages 30-35 and do the first 5 practice problems” is a lot more specific than “study for math test”. This helps me make the most of study time by having a plan of action and limits a lot of unproductive work time.
  4. It’s ok to say no. Sometimes you can’t attend every club event, study group, or meeting, help that friend, and take on that extra project at work. You can’t always do everything (something that’s been hard for me to learn), and it’s important to take care of yourself by getting enough sleep and making sure you have time for yourself.
  5. Plan times during the day for homework and studying and stick to it. If this means reserving a study room in the library for two hours, turning off your phone, putting on headphones to avoid distraction, or just being disciplined, making yourself use a certain block of time will make sure that you get stuff done. It will also free up a lot of other time that would otherwise be wasted and used for procrastination.
  6. Do work in advance. I am the worst procrastinator in the world and constantly put things off until right before they do. This causes stress, late nights, lower caliber work, and sometimes not getting things done. Do your best to do things in advance and save yourself this trouble.

Hopefully these tips help you either stay or get on track for the rest of the semester! I know they’ve helped me.

-Jess

#StudiousSeptember: Stick to the Syllabi!

26 Sep

We are officially in the thick of September, Wildcats! Likely by now, a lot of you are just about to or already have taken your first midterms of the semester. However, before you let the stress get the best of you, remember: the semester is just starting! Take the time to get organized ahead of time so that when the time for your exams comes you can … Get your head in the game?

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Okay, I really wanted to get that high school musical reference in there, but you see what I’m trying to say LOL. Anyway, for me personally, when I’m getting ready for the semester, I always dedicate time to studying my professor’s syllabi.

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So no, that does not mean that I quiz myself on the percentage worth of clicker points in classes! Here’s a more detailed list of exactly what I look for:

  • Does this professor have a time table laid out for when assignments are due?
    • If so, it’s time to whip out those planners! Or if you’re not into planners, then maybe even go print that page of the syllabus. For me, having my planner filled out ahead of time with important due dates is really important. I can check at the end of the day that I’m not forgetting anything! This is a major key, especially for freshman in my opinion, because it can be hard managing so many different classes in college!
  • Are the exam dates listed?
    • Same as my last point: opening your planner on Monday and seeing that looming “CHEM EXAM” on Thursday might not be the best sight to behold, but it sure beats forgetting about that Chem exam, am I right? dancing angry reactions zac efron feels GIF
  • If it’s a points based class, how many points do I need to get an A?
    • This is more important than you might think! All classes are set up uniquely. In some classes, quizzes are just a quick check for the professors to make sure the class has a general understanding of the material. In other classes, the culmination of all your quizzes could be worth more than 25% of your grade! Make sure to check out these details.

That’s all for now — don’t stress too much this semester and try to get prepared ahead of time!

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-Amna 🙂

 

Just Keep Swimming

25 Sep

In the hustle and bustle of the beginning of freshman year, everything seems to go by so quickly. So many opportunities get thrown at you and before too long your head starts spinning with all of the possibilities. In many ways, that is the beauty of college – you can become who you were meant to be! Some of the opportunities that interest you the most may be things you never would have imagined could be a good fit. My entire college journey has been a mixture of absolute uncertainty and questioning my decisions. Don’t stress too much if you’re in that spot too, it’s hard to believe it now but everything will work out in the end.

Freshman year:

I came to UA as a pre-med student, but the more I explored the options available to me I realized it wasn’t quite the right path for me. I ended up changing my major 5 times between orientation and the beginning of sophomore year. Thankfully, they all had overlapping courses so I was still on track to graduate in four years. One of the most helpful classes I had that year was a 1 unit health professions exploration colloquium. Between the guest speakers for that class and the many mentors in my life I found the perfect major.

Sophomore year:

At this point, I knew I liked my major because I was actually enjoying my classes. Every day I felt really excited about all of the options my chosen field had to offer. In all of the excitement I started to get scared because I could not narrow down my interests to one career. Instead of stressing out too much about this, I decided to just go with the flow and take the time to keep exploring rather than trying to tie myself down to one thing.

Junior year:

Last year, I was able to narrow down to two or three options that I felt extremely passionate about. I spent more time researching how to get started in those fields to start to identify what my life after college could look like. Talking with professors in my field really helped me realize that most professionals had a journey filled with uncertainty and change too, which reassured me a lot.

Senior year:

During the summer, I took on an internship that gave me a lot more insight into a potential career path. While it may not have been exactly right for me, it did help me do a lot more thinking about what careers truly fit with my passions. One day I watched a YouTube video and I learned that public health law exists as a career. Immediately, I made an appointment to sit down with a pre-law advisor to discuss how to showcase my journey in my applications. Finally, after all of the confusion my path forward has action steps.

When the future seems scary or intimidating, just keep swimming! Don’t discount yourself or your abilities, if you put your mind to it you can make it happen. No two people here at the U of A are the same, your experiences won’t be identical either. If you’re like me and need a lot of structure, let yourself be a little uncomfortable in the confusion for a bit. When you do finally find the right path, you will know.

-Gabriela