#AdventurousApril: My First Time Trying Sushi

16 Apr

As many may know I am not the biggest fan of seafood but, that’s mostly because I’m allergic to it…..well for the most part only crab, lobster, shrimp, and salmon. For the most part, my allergy has caused me to miss out on a lot of the foods that my friends love. One food in specific that I really wanted to try for the first time was sushi. After talking to my friends I took it upon myself to try sushi for the first time.

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This last Saturday my friends and I went out to a restaurant here in Tucson called AZIAN.  My friends all insisted that they had the best sushi so I said why not? Especially since this would be my first time having sushi, I wanted to make sure it was worth the experience.

Jumping right into it, I didn’t know there were so many different kinds of sushi. There’s the most common raw sushi but you can also have it cooked! For the most part, I didn’t really enjoy the raw sushi. The taste was unique and very distinctive I think I didn’t enjoy it as much because I wasn’t used to the taste.

healthyContrarily, cooked sushi was AMAZING!!! it taste just like grilled fish and the taste was quite similar to bbq. Luckily, I was willing to try the cooked sushi after my friend convinced me it was not as bad as the raw sushi. She was right!  I spent the rest of my time at the restaurant stuffing my face as if I hadn’t eaten in weeks.

The experience was nothing less than amazing. And most importantly I didn’t have an allergic reaction to it!

Hope you all enjoyed my experience!

Until Next Time,

Darius Amos


#AdventurousApril: Trying a Hot(?) Pepper

15 Apr

Hi everyone!

So this April I wanted to do something a little adventurous but also kind of fun! I have always wanted to do the hot pepper challenge. Growing up in a Pakistani household, I’m definitely no stranger to spicy food. However, I still thought it would be fun to straight up eat a hot pepper and see if I could handle it!

So I decided, why not now?

I headed down to the NRich store in the Student Union with my beloved coworker, Shannon, and low and behold- peppers! I knew it was a sign, so I had to buy it. Shannon expressed some concern though, and neither of us were quite sure if serrano peppers were actually hot. (Hm, if only there was some way for us to magically search and figure out the answer to that question…)

But anyway, we decided to ask the other college student who was working as cashier. He seemed pretty certain that I should be good to go, so I made the purchase! By the time we got back to the office, a lot of my coworkers were working. When I told them what was happening, they too were skeptical.

However, I’d like to say this: They were hot. Not “kind of hot” as I might have said six times in the video below, but quite hot.

Anyway, I’m pretty sure I failed my ancestors. I couldn’t handle the spiciness, people! Please watch as I completely lose it at work.

Shout out to Shannon for recording the video and coaching me through it!!

Best Wishes, Wildcats!

-Amna 🙂

Tips for a Better Registration

14 Apr

Registration is right around the corner. If you aren’t prepared, registration can definitely be a stressful time and you might not end up with the classes that you need or want. However, if you prepare ahead of time so you’re completely ready the day of, registration is sure to go smoothly. Here are my 9 top tips for a better registration.

  1. Meet with your advisor at least the week before your priority registration date. If you wait until the day before, you might not get in to see them. If you don’t see them, you might not get the classes you need. No matter how sure you are that you know what you should take, seeing your advisor never hurts and will make sure that you’re 100% on track.
  2. Have all your classes in your shopping cart ahead of time. This way, when 6:00 on Monday morning hits, all you have to do is click enroll and go back to bed. Plus, if there are any potential scheduling conflicts between classes you have to take, you’re aware of them and can figure out an alternative plan.
  3. Wake up at 5:45 on your registration day. Yes, it’s early and yes, it isn’t fun. But this way, you’ll be awake and alert, able to make sure your shopping cart is 100% ready, have your computer on, be logged into UAccess, and give yourself a little buffer if something were to go wrong with your computer or UAccess. Although we always hope that everything will work with technology, sometimes that isn’t the case. That 15-minute buffer before the official registration time will give you some breather room in case your computer decides to restart or some other issue.jim.gif
  4. Have a backup plan. Sometimes classes fill up as soon as the clock hits 6:00. If you have a backup plan for all your classes, you at least have something to fall back on before you can talk to your advisor so that all classes aren’t full by the end of the week.
  5. Click enroll right at 6:00 and don’t refresh your page. You might have to wait a few minutes due to the traffic on the site, but refreshing will just start you all over. Be patient and eventually it will enroll you in your classes.tom
  6. If you don’t get the classes you need and your backup plan fails, email your advisor right away. Be specific about the class you’re having problems with and what UAccess is saying that the problem is. If you’re detailed with the problem, they’ll be in a better position to help you quicker.
  7. Be patient with your advisor. During registration week, they’re swamped with emails, appointments, and phone calls. If you email, give them a couple days to respond. They will as soon as they can. If it’s getting to the point where your priority registration window is about to close and you still have issues, make an appointment to see them or go to walk-in office hours.patient
  8. Remember that your advisor is the expert and trust them. Just because your roommate’s sister’s boyfriend’s cousin said that you don’t actually need that class to graduate and to just skip it, if your advisor tells you what to take, listen to them.
  9. Don’t panic if things go wrong and you don’t get the class that you want or need. There are usually a lot of alternative options or plans that will keep you on track to graduate on time. If you stay calm and seek out help as soon as possible, there’s a good chance that things will get resolved smoothly.


Registration isn’t always fun, but if you’re prepared ahead of time, things are much more likely to work out and be stress-free. Take a little bit of time ahead of time to save yourself a lot of headache in the future! Happy registration!


Adventurous April

13 Apr

Hey everybody! It’s a new month and ASA was given another challenge to tackle! This month we had to do something adventurous, so I decided to go to Spring Fling and ride some rides because height has become a fear of mine as I have gotten old. But here is the thing. I like to do wild things, but when it comes actually doing the task, I will chicken out really quickly. I remember I decided to zip line one time and the guy working the zip line had to talk me into walking off the ledge because I was terrified. Anyways, if you want to find out how my first time going to Spring Fling was, please keep reading!


This is my second year at the UA but it was my first time going to Spring Fling and I was really excited. I haven’t ridden a carnival ride in years and I was getting really pumped to go! I went with my roommate and her friend and they were trying to get me to realize that the rides are not as happy and fun as the Ferris Wheel because for some reason that was the only image I had in my mind. Unfortunately, because of the long lines for everything, I was only able to go on three rides. Even though I was not able to experience all of the rides, I was able to realize the fear my roommate was trying to instill in me because the rides I was forced to go on were terrifying. I was only able to snap a picture of one ride from below it because things were hectic that night, but I will try to describe everything I went through.


I don’t know the name of the ride above but I can tell you it was the most scared I’ve ever been for anything in awhile. We went on Alien Abduction first to ease into the night and I thought I was going to be fine after that. But when we got closer and closer to the front of the line and I became tachycardic guys. My heart was pounding through my chest and I was sweating and I was regretting going on this ride. But we waited an hour in line so it was too late to back out. I can say though that I was really happy I did it because it was so much fun! The adrenaline rush helped me get through all the flips, twists and upside down moments that ride produced. I got off feeling dizzy but I was ready to take on anything!

I saw a couple of other friends who were in line for a green ride in the back that was kind of similar to the above ride expect it was faster, more twists and upside down moments and it was just scarier. This ride I really was not willing to go on because I was actually scared and I was full of fair food and I did not think things were going to go my way that night. We were actually the last group to go on the ride and they let us go through the ride twice and it was a lot of fun! I was just happy that I was able to hang out and do something fun with my friends while also bonding with them over terrifying carnival rides.

All in all, make sure to give yourself some time for fun as we head into finals season! It makes studying and life a lot more enjoyable overall!


#AdventurousApril: New Food

12 Apr

I’m a pretty picky eater, so I don’t really like trying new foods. Being a college student, I especially don’t like spending money to try new foods, so I typically just stick to the type of food and restaurants that I’m used to and know that I like. However, over spring break, a good friend of mine had me try Thai food and I ended up loving it. This really made me interested in trying other new types of food that I never would have before. One that my friend suggested was Indian food. So for my Adventurous April, I decided to try a local Indian food restaurant.

When I got to the restaurant, I was a little unsure of the menu. I had no idea what a lot of the dishes were and there were no pictures so I really had no idea what to order. I really like to ask people that work at restaurants what their favorite dishes are (considering they’ve probably tried most of the options on the menu) so I asked my server and ordered tikki masala (mild because I’m a wimp when it comes to spice) and naan with cheese. My friend ordered the same thing (except medium spice). When our food came out, I can basically describe the dish as chicken in a lot of red-ish curry or sauce (sorry I forgot to take a picture because I was really hungry, so the following picture is just similar to what it looked like).


After tasting the food, I really liked it. It was very flavorful, not too spicy, and all around just really tasty. The naan bread was delicious (I mean bread with cheese, how can you go wrong?), especially in the curry/sauce. I’m glad I got it mild, because there was a minimal amount of spice so I was really able to focus on the flavor of the food. As far as taste goes, I’d give the whole meal an 9/10.

As for the whole experience in general, the one thing that kind of disappointed me was the quantity of food that I got for the price that I paid. The food wasn’t necessarily expensive, but the main dish was just the chicken and sauce. The naan was a few dollars extra and if I wanted any rice, that was extra too. I’m definitely a bang for your buck kind of shopper, so I was a little disappointed that I spent almost $15 with tip and didn’t have any leftovers. Not only that, I wasn’t even super full. I wasn’t still really hungry, but I definitely wasn’t full from the meal either. This could have been just that specific restaurant I tried, but the quantity of food for the price left me wanting more.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience trying Indian food. I’m glad that I did and would be open to trying different Indian restaurants in the future. It’s also continued to open my eyes to try even more new types of food as well. I would definitely recommend that if you’re a picky eater like me, take a step out of your comfort zone and try a new type of food or even just a new dish at a favorite restaurant. I would recommend asking people that work at the restaurant what they like, friends who have been to the restaurant or tried the food, or consulting Yelp or another review site for their recommendations. Happy eating!


#AdventurousApril: Let’s Get Pierced

11 Apr

Hello, beautiful souls!

This #AdventurousApril, Yolanda and I (Lili)  decided to do something we’ve always wanted to, but never had the courage to: GETTING OUR HELIXES PIERCED!

We know, we know,  it’s not that wild, but for us, this was a nice adventurous challenge that we vlogged!

All in all, it was a GREAT experience, and we both really enjoy our piercings!

This April we hope you get outside of your comfort zone too!

Stay adventurous!

Lili & Yolanda xx

Keep Pushing!

7 Apr

We finally made it to April, people! March seemed endless for sure, but we aren’t quite through with the school year yet. I know how hard it can be to stay motivated at this point in the semester. It seems like professors pile midterms and papers on at the same time, on the same day, in the same second (do they meet together and do this intentionally? probably not, but feels like it!). But to make it clear, it sometimes feels like at this point you’re just getting trampled with the load.

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I’m here to tell you though, keep pushing! Whatever your dreams or aspirations are, hard work and dedication pay off in the end, and I really believe that. Now, I can understand if you don’t necessarily buy my word on that- as I, too, am just a mere college student- however, here are some really smart people saying stuff to the same effect:

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Disclaimer: I don’t really know who said the last one, but it’s a pretty background, right?

So whatever it is that motivates you: money, family, glory (or all of the above), keep going. You might not think that the Spanish quiz on Tuesday has any impact on your life overall, but study for it! Do great on it. Then, do the next thing on your list. And keep going. I really believe that our work ethic now will determine where we will land in the future.

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So, grab a bottle of water (or a Starbucks coffee) and get back on the track (or back in the library). Keep grinding and pushing. Hopefully, you’ll look like this guy up there^^.

Or… if you’re like me, you might look like this—->

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Whatever it takes though and however hard it is now, it’s going to be worth it! So good luck, Wildcats. Finish this semester off strong!

-Amna 🙂


Happy Future for the Folks Scared of the Future

7 Apr

Who wants to be happy?


Who is looking forward to the future?


Well to be completely honest, I don’t know exactly know what it is to have a happy future, but I do know that the future terrifies me.


this is literally me running away from anything that has to do with the future

So, all my scared folks in the back, this is for you; some tips and tricks on how to have more positive-vibed weeks and days ahead.

1. Breathe

The first thing we need to remember is that we cannot control everything. Grades don’t always go according to plan, friends aren’t always forever by your side, and sometimes it rains on the days we need it not to. But don’t fret!


We all need to learn that if it’s out of our hands, why have all the unnecessary stress of things we can’t control?

2. Where do you want to go?


Scariest question someone can ask you. Yes, I agree. However, just ask yourself, where do you want to go? This doesn’t have to be for like 10 years from now. Start small. Where do you want to be tomorrow? Next week? By the end of this semester? -this isn’t always academically either! This can be emotionally, or for your exercise routine, your cooking experience, the amount of water you drink daily, it doesn’t matter. Once you can answer where you want to be, you can start planning how to get there.

3. Fail a little

Now that you know where you want to be, it’s time to start experimenting. I said EXPERIMENTING not perfecting. Let’s be real. Nothing is perfect. And no plan goes perfectly the first time. So, if you fail your new eating plan, or you order take out 4 days in a row instead of cooking, it’s OKAY.


Even Thor fails a little.

4. Now succeed


Now that you know what didn’t really work for you, start doing some research. See what methods have worked for other people, what they have used to motivate them. Find your motivation, find what makes going on your adventure worth it.

5. Smile!

I hate being told to do this, but what I mean is that if you aren’t finding yourself smiling about the thoughts of where you want to be, or at least something along the journey, you should reconsider your goals. I’m not saying you should be smiling 24/7 -because again, no one ever does- I’m just saying, your future goals and your future you should make you smile a little!


That’s all I’ve compiled so far, and I know, it’s not much, but I can promise you, as a scared, sometimes pessimistic college kid, I’ve used these to plan my future adventures. I’ve realized that some of my plans have gone completely haywire, and some of them have bloomed into semi-decent flowers.


so, cheers to us for making it so far!

Adventure -and the future- is out there, folks. Just make sure you pack some positivity, patience, and snacks!


Stay rad,

Lils xx

An Open Mind Opens Doors

7 Apr

Now that it is my third year at the university, I’ve come to learn a few things about managing my life as well as growing as an individual. While both of these aspects can be interrelated, what has helped me as a college student is being able to say yes to more opportunities. The more tasks I take one, I realize I am capable of doing more. Which is ironic because when I look back to freshman year, I was taking on a lot less and I had thought there was no time in the world to do everything that needed to be done. Doing more without overworking myself is what has helped me stay on the right track throughout my college career and is what I am doing to create a better future for myself.

Learning how and when to say yes to new opportunities can open many incredible doors in the future. I’m not saying you should say yes to every single opportunity that comes your way, but that you should keep an open mind and put yourself out there more often! Whether you’re thinking about joining a club, applying for a new job, or looking for an internship, you have to shoot for the stars! Whatever you do, don’t limit yourself. Go for your goals!

Trying new things may feel uncomfortable at first. But, it is the best thing you can do for yourself. Even taking baby steps can make a difference! For example, say maybe there is a school club that keeps trying to reach out to you, and you keep telling them you’re not interested (even though you are you just don’t want to go to the meeting at 7pm). Go attend the meeting for the first time! Who knows, you may really enjoy it and end up sticking with it! If not, at least you can say you tried. You can make new friends, further your career, and make amazing memories by just taking a little risk of coming out of your comfort zone. I promise you will thank yourself later!=


#MiddlingMarch: Getting Creative

5 Apr

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


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

Coloring books

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


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


I really love the mountains!


Caught this little one at Old Main!


Had fun experimenting with closeups.


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