#AdventurousApril: Viva Las Vegas

9 Apr

This month, we were tasked with the very serious and very vital job of going out into the world and doing something adventurous. I say very serious and very vital not to mock but to accentuate the fact that adventure is absolutely a necessity of life. People nowadays tend to get too caught up in the seriousness of their everyday routine that they forget to go out and so something out of the ordinary.

So of course I’m one to talk. I probably live one of the most mundane kinds of life there is to live. In all honesty, school and work have slowed me down quite a bit from my younger, more irresponsible days (definitely not a bad thing). But I miss getting to have some fun and bringing some spontaneity to my life! With graduation approaching soon, I won’t have much of a chance to let loose what with work and responsibility looming over my head like a dark but hard-earned cloud.

What then, is a girl to do? Get on an airplane and head to Las Vegas? That’s exactly what I did, friends.

My roommate recently turned 21 and her one birthday wish was to head to Vegas for a birthday celebration. This was not only her first time in Sin City, but it was my first time there as well. And we did everything. We walked the strip, we explored the hotels, we visited day-clubs and nightclubs, we ate fancy, wayyyy overpriced food… the list goes on and on. Who knew you could pack so much into two days of a weekend?

But let me tell you guys–the real adventure here was the hit I let this trip take on my bank account. I never treat myself to these kinds of splurges, ever. It’s just not something that I’m used to doing! But I did. And it was worth it. Because at the end of the day, I got to have some fun and make some memories with a few of my favorite people.



#AdventurousApril: A Mountain “hike”

9 Apr

This year for Adventurous April, I decided to take advantage of the beauty nature has to offer right here in Tucson. Even though I was born and raised here, I had never gone up to the top of A mountain. Here’s a photo I took at ENR2 of it from far away, if you don’t know what it is.


I wasn’t too sure what the experience would be like, and I wasn’t disappointed in the end. We decided to park as close to the top as possible because even at 9AM it was ridiculously hot (I can’t handle the heat once it’s past 75-80 degrees). The trail was pretty clearly paved, but there were a few points where we got confused about whether we were at a fork in the road or if it was runoff from summer rains. Overall, it was a very good way to dip my toes into hiking. The trail was pretty safe, except for a few parts where we came upon a few loose rocks.


Looking NW at the top of the mountain.

When we finally got to the top, it was a really cool view! I never really realized how spread out the city truly is. It was nice to sit up there and just breathe for a little bit. We even met a nice family with a small child that kept trying to venture to the edge, it was a little terrifying. When it got unbearably hot, we went back to the main path that we had taken and kept going to see the actual “A”. It was not as fun to look at as when it was painted more colorfully in past years, but I am glad that I did it.



Stress Levels

8 Apr

No matter what semester you are in during your college career, you are going to have to deal with stress. While some stress is good and healthy for you, there are times that stress can become too overwhelming for a college student. The best thing you can do is to evaluate if you are dealing with your stress in a healthy manner or if you need to seek more support. Being a senior in college, I have undergone a lot of different types of stress. In some instances, I have dealt with my stress in healthy ways and others I had a hard time coping with my stress levels. To get an idea of the different types of stress, I have decided to label them to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about. 

The first level of stress is little/normal:


This type of stress is something that college students feel on a regular basis and is good for you! We have all chosen the college life and that comes with a lot of factors like classes, frequent assignments/quizzes, as well as a jobs/internships or any other extracurriculars you have decided to take on. We can all agree this is constant stress, but we have adapted to it to the point you may not even recognize it as stress anymore; it’s more of a lifestyle. We have developed a healthy way to deal with this type of stress, even if you’re not aware of it. For me, going throughout my week, I designate time for fun things, try to incorporate a workout schedule (doesn’t always pan out), and make sure I am getting good sleep. I’m sure you have your own schedule for this, but it’s good to remind yourself you are going through stress even if you don’t see it that way. I wanted to start with this level of stress first because you are already pro in coping with this and actually SUCCEEDING with stress. As more stress is put on you, take the time to think about how you deal with stress healthily and this is a good starting out point for that. 

The second level of stress is moderate:


This can be focused around midterms or finals time. We are kind of doing our normal routine, but assignments for our classes are aligning with one another. You have to take extra time to make sure you are completing all of your assignments and having an appropriate time to study for multiple midterms/final exams. This is usually the time that healthy habits to deal with stress start going out the window a bit. For me, around this time I get less sleep, usually stop working out completely because I choose to use that time for studying and working on projects, and instead of cooking I rely on fast food or eat ramen to save time. Looking back at this time, I KNOW I am not dealing with my stress as I would normally do, but at the moment I don’t think about it. I just try to get through the hectic time. Stepping back and trying to evaluate if you are being healthy is difficult to do, but really necessary. 

The third level of stress is overload:


This stress level is the worst on our list because your stress has become really overwhelming and it is affecting you a lot. It is so much that you try to seem okay, but at some point, you start breaking down and can’t put yourself back together by yourself. Unfortunately, I have dealt with this type of stress a lot over my college career because I have had a lot of family emergencies where my focus was not on school at all and my grades/assignments/classes/work were taking the hit. I had to lean on my loved ones and be upfront with my professors and supervisor about my situation, which I had never done before. This is where I was out of my element of how to even deal with my stress because I couldn’t get anything done. I was upset all of the time and had to get more support. Reaching out to my professors and supervisor was the BEST thing I could have done at the time because they were aware of my state of mind as well as gave me appropriate extensions. If you ever feel too overwhelmed where you can’t even get through your regular routine, reach out to the people around you. Also, consider talking about your stress with a counselor, or even CAPS here on campus. This can be really helpful and necessary to get yourself through your stress. 

In all points of your college career, check in on yourself and ensure you are handling your stress in a healthy way. Especially now with only a few more weeks to go until the end of the year, I know EVERYONE is feeling the pressure. Take the rest of the semester day by day and do your best to get through it. Don’t forget about the amazing resources on campus as well as use your support system of friends and family to help you through this difficult time. 


Find Your Zen

4 Apr

One of the most useful things you can do for yourself in college is finding a stress relief method that works for you. Too often though, “stress relief” turns into binge watching a whole season of Friends on Netflix. While TV and movies aren’t a bad way to relieve stress, reliving Ross and Rachel’s whole relationship over the course of a weekend probably isn’t the healthiest or most effective method to deal with your stress.break.gif

So how do you find a way to relieve stress that’s effective, healthy, and also fun? Ask yourself these questions to help find that answer:

  1. When do you feel the most stressed? What situations cause you stress? If you’re stressed in large crowds, don’t use hanging out with people as your de-stressor. If you’re stressed when it’s loud, don’t go to a concert. Avoid stressful situations when you’re trying to relax.stress.gif
  2. When do you feel the most relaxed? Try to utilize those situations or mimic that type of environment to help de-stress.
  3. Are the ways that you normally try to relax healthy? If you relax by binge watching 15 episodes of your favorite show and then partying all weekend, you probably aren’t doing yourself any favors. Try some healthy alternatives for relaxation.
  4. Do you have any hobbies that can help relieve stress? Exercise, arts and crafts, baking/cooking, etc. are all great options to take your mind off of your stressors.cook.gif
  5. Not sure what helps you manage your stress? Try some things out. Go to the gym, watch a movie, take a walk, take a short nap, cook and eat a good meal. You never know what will work for you until you try.

Hopefully asking yourself these questions helps you find a way that works for you. And if you try something and don’t like it, that’s ok! You don’t have to stick with something just because it’s what works for everyone else or because it’s what you think you should do to de-stress. Try some things out and do what works for you!chill.gif


Fun Events in Tucson During Spring Fling

1 Apr

Spring Fling is an annual tradition here at the U of A but sometimes it’s alright to want to break away from tradition (I know I like to). For those Wildcats that feel the same, here are few options to keep you entertained this upcoming Spring Fling weekend.

  1. Support our football team at the 2018 Football Spring Game! There will be a pregame Fan Fest on the Beardown Field starting at 2:30pm. Admission to both events is free for everyone. 2018 Arizona Football Spring Game Presented by OrthoPros
  2. The Tucson Dragway Reunion will be held on Spring Fling weekend. For those that enjoy a good dragrace this is the place to be! Entrance fees vary. Check out the details here
  3. There will be a few shows to check out over the 13th-15th as well. Tickets can purchased for performances by What So Not and Young Gravy over the Rialto website. Check out their page for a more complete list of events to drop by.

Yung Gravy @ Club CongressWhat So Not

So if you’re not quite feeling Spring Flingy or simply want to add a little extra pizzaz to your weekend fear not! There’s always something happening in our little college town. It’s all a matter of preference and snooping around, Wildcats. Whatever you end up partaking in we hope you have a fun and safe weekend!



Why You Should Attend Spring Fling

1 Apr

You have almost made it through your first year, Wildcats! Yes, you might have some midterms to take and of course there’s finals, but still this is a huge accomplishment. Treat yourself a little bit and celebrate. And by celebrate, I mean: go to Spring Fling! Personally, I am a huge fan of rides and that adrenaline rush, but there are so many more reasons for you to attend Spring Fling this year. Here are just a few:

  1. It’s the largest student-run carnival in the nation. So maybe you’re thinking that’s not exactly an incentive for you to attend it, but if you think about it – students arranged this event in a manner that they would enjoy personally. That’s how you know you will also enjoy this event. (As you might be able to tell, I’m a huge proponent of this carnival lol).
  2. There is SO MUCH FOOD. According to the event site, there’s 20 original food booths. So if you’re in the mood for carnival foods – meaning funnel cakes, cotton candy, turkey legs — then you are in for a delicious time; OR, even if you’re looking for some authentic Mexican food, you should absolutely attend.
  3. There are also tons of fun activities. While the rides are my favorite – and for those of you that love rides too — from personal experience, these rides are actually really good. Obviously, there’s not exactly room for a full-on roller coaster, but the rides are definitely intense enough to give you that stomach-drop feeling. However, for those of you who aren’t the biggest fan of rides, there are tons of carnival-type games!

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  1. It’s a really way to have fun and get out of your apartment, house, or dorm. Tickets aren’t that expensive for rides, and also entrance is free with your CatCard, so take advantage of this. It’s right on the mall, so there’s no need to arrange for transportation! Grab a couple friends or maybe even ask someone that you want to get to know a little better, and have fun! Hope to see you all there. 🙂

-Amna 🙂

#MiddlingMarch: Con(drag)ulations

22 Mar

Ladies, start your engines… 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And may the best man… win.


Parent Blog 11: Mid-Semester Lull

22 Mar

With Spring Break being over, and less than 8 weeks left in the semester, students often struggle with getting over the “mid-semester lull.” Most students find themselves being a little ‘slow’ when it comes to getting things done because they’re exhausted from midterms, stress, and day-to-day responsibilities.

Your student may be feeling this way at the moment.

Although this may be, there are three important areas that students need to focus on this semester.

Fall 2018 Registration

The most stressful thing about the middle of the semester for most students is the need to register for Fall courses. Your student may be stressed because they don’t know what courses they need for next semester, or how to find out. The first thing your student needs to do is to make sure they are keeping up with the credits that they need to have to stay on track for graduation. Your student can make sure they are on track by meeting with their advisor, or checking UAccess. Students often forget that they can add classes to their shopping cart before the registration date. Adding classes to the shopping cart makes registration morning much easier and less stressful. Registration opens at 6am; this means that students can click the ‘register’ button for all of their classes in their cart. Although this doesn’t seem too stressful, many underclassman classes have capacity limits, and more than likely, your student may not get the classes they are looking for. Do not worry, though! Students can register for the waitlist for those classes, and they can also speak to their advisors about what to do next.

Ensuring your student that it isn’t the end of the world, is the most important step. Your student’s stress levels may increase, but it’s important that you remind them that where there is a will, there is a way. The University has many different ways for students to stay on track!

Getting Over the Semester Lull

The weeks after Spring Break and before Summer Break are the hardest weeks for students; they have been working hard and stressing for almost a whole year. Students find themselves low on motivation, and slow when it comes to staying on top of their duties. This is the part where parents need to remind students that they are so close to the finish line. The first year of college is almost done! Keeping your student motivated may seem like an odd request, but oftentimes students forget that other people believe in them too. Reminding your student that you believe in them and that their efforts are not unnoticed may give them that morale boost they need.

Spring Fling

The best thing for your student to get over the mid-semester lull is to relax! Spring Fling is the opportunity for your student to have safe and adventurous fun! Spring Fling is an event the University has where carnival rides, games, and food are brought on campus for one weekend. Many of the student clubs work the different booths, and it’s an event that rallies the entire student body. Your student will be able to buy tickets for food, games, and rides, or wristbands to ride the rides for an unlimited time for the day. Spring Fling is a great opportunity for your student to relax, unwind, and have some fun! It is open to the entire community (at an entry fee if you are not a University of Arizona student) and is happening from April 13-15th! The website has more details if needed, and we hope to see your student and you there!

With that in mind, I hope you will be able to help your stressed student!



#MiddlingMarch: Into the Woods

20 Mar

Raise your hand if you are in a school slump!


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

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

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

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



#MiddlingMarch: Don’t Let March Meddle with You

15 Mar

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

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

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

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

-Amna 🙂