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Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned

12 Aug

Despite your first year being over, there is always more to learn and to know. Here are a few last minute tips for you to make your second year at the U of A even better than your first.

Organization is your best friend.
This is almost a given in any scholastic setting, but keeping your life organized will help you so much. instead of searching for half an hour for those chem notes, you can spend that extra thirty minutes actually studying. It is amazing what a bit of organization can do.

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Sleep is more important than you think.
So many times students will put off sleep so that they can go out, or work on homework, or study, but sleep is a vital ingredient to success in college. You will be amazed what at least a solid six hours of sleep a night will do for you. You’ll be able to pay attention better, and you’ll feel a lot better.

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Keep your end goals in mind.
There will be points throughout your undergraduate life where you will put something off because “you still have two years left”, but those two years will creep up on you faster than you think. There might also be times when you doubt your ability to finish, but just remember you did this for a reason, remember why you wanted to get that degree. Maybe it was for a specific job, maybe you wanted to be the first in your family to graduate college, or maybe you are genuinely passionate about a subject and you wanted to know more about it. Whatever it is, there is a reason you came here and seeing it through to the end is important.

I don’t know how many times or in how many ways we can tell you this, but it really is important. For some professors, this is the only time they can get to know their students and help them with the harder points of the class. Too often, professors sit in their offices alone because no one comes in for help. Utilize the tools you are given.

Remember to have fun.
Yes, of course college is about academics and getting good grades, but it is also about becoming an adult, and learning who you are without the influence of family. Don’t get lost under the weight of classes and forget to have fun while you discover yourself.


Wildcat Tradition: Spring Fling!

3 Apr

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

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


But how did a carnival end up on Wildcat turf?

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

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


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

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

Spring Fling Hours of Operation:

April 10: 4-11pm*

April 11: 11a-11pm*

April 12: 11a-6pm*

* Admission closes 1 hour prior to carnival closure.

– Lucero


When Will My Reflection Show?

4 Sep

Graduating high school and moving forward into your freshman year in college can be scary, but also full of great opportunities to leave your comfort zone and discover new things about yourself. Whether it be acing a challenging course or creating a new circle of friends, you may come to find that the person you were in high school is just waiting to blossom into a new identity tailored to a promising college lifestyle. 


Let’s take a step back and do some self-analyzing. What type of person do you believe you were in high school? Were you a part of a sports team? Did you sing in choir, or act in a drama club? Were the people who you surrounded yourself with similar to you, or different? Personally, I was in my school’s marching band for two years, and made the majority of my friends throughout countless rehearsals and performances during football games and competitions. I loved it so much that before I knew it, I was contacting the band director of the Pride of Arizona at the end of my senior year. It wasn’t until after my potential section leader had emailed me all the paperwork and sheet music that I decided that I didn’t want to join the Pride of Arizona after all (it’s nothing personal, because the Pride of Arizona is amazing). I figured that my freshman year was the time to explore another side of myself and see what potential I had in other areas that I was interested in. But where was I going to start?


Thanks to the vast variety of courses that are offered at UA, I could explore my interests in new subjects while earning a grade for it at the same time! Your academic advisor is your best friend in college; they oversee your academic progress and where you’re at in meeting the requirements for your major, so they will always know how to point you in the right direction. Take the time to explore all the courses that meet your general education requirements, and pick the ones that immediately catch your attention. Normally I wasn’t too interested in any subject history related, but I found an anthropology course on UAccess that struck my interest and added it to my class schedule. I ended up absolutely loving that class and realized that minoring in anthropology wouldn’t be such a terrible idea. Of course, I did take classes that I knew I would be interested in, but this little epiphany was enough to wake me up and feed my desire to branch out even more.

Now if you’d rather get involved with something that isn’t so academic, may I suggest seeking out a club or organization to join? From Greek life to ZonaZoo, getting involved with life on campus is an excellent way to meet new people, and embrace that Wildcat spirit that we all hold dear to our hearts. The organization that I happened to stumble upon allowed me to reconnect with my Native culture and discover things that I never knew about my family. The Native American Student Affairs immediately encouraged me to get involved and get acquainted with other fellow Native American students. I became even  prouder of my culture than I already was, and realized that I would like to pursue a career that would help my people in one way or another. Being a part of something bigger than yourself can make you feel strong, invincible, and ready to take on the world!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not necessarily telling you to completely abandon who you currently are and become a new you overnight. As cheesy as it may sound, be proud of who you are! Use college as a way to amplify your personality, not drown it out. And along the way, discover new faces of your identity as you take on new courses, create new friendships, and get involved in extra curricular activities like you never have before!

You will all do beautifully, and welcome to the University of Arizona.


Resource Reflection: Freshman Class Council, My Golden Ticket to a Social Life

20 Sep

My favorite part of freshman year, if I had to choose, would be joining Freshman Class Council, no doubt about it. Freshman Class Council is an organization through ASUA, your Student Government on campus, which focuses on spirit, philanthropy, outreach, and friendship.

Becoming involved in a club on campus helped me feel like I was a true Wildcat. See, I am from Tucson, so I lived (and still live) at home. At the beginning of freshman year, I would literally drive to school, go to class, and then drive back home right after class. I absolutely love living at home. I mean, who doesn’t love their mom’s home cooked meals, free laundry, and their own room? I just felt like something was missing.

I was definitely doing college wrong. It was as if I was disconnected from the U of A community. I had no friends, and I would sit by myself during my breaks. It was great. NOT. It felt like I had moved to a new city and I was not quite settled in yet. Once I was selected to be a part of Freshman Class Council, things started to change and I began to feel as if I was now a part of the U of A.

Freshman Class Council helped me make lifelong friendships. FCC selected 49 of us, and it was as if I had made 48, automatic best friends. We were referred to as “cubbies,” and we were a family. I could finally hang out with FRIENDS in the ASUA office instead of sitting alone during my breaks between classes. I met my best friend, Jocelin (who also happens to be an Outreach Facilitator). Now, we are inseparable. I could not imagine going through college without her. I have a group of people that I can count on, whether I need to vent about how my day is going, to have pizookies with after a long week full of exams, or to study physiology for hours with. I am a junior now, and the majority of people that I hang out with are still FCC people. We are “cubbies for life” and we really do live by that motto.


I have always had a passion for helping others, and philanthropy is one of FCC’s pillars. We participated in many philanthropic events, which I absolutely loved. From volunteering at the bowling and track and field Special Olympics, to setting up a dodge ball tournament for Desert Diamond Children’s Hospital, to collecting clothes for a clothing drive, we did it all. I enjoyed giving back to my community. Not only could I hang out with this great group of people, but I could also volunteer my time with them for a great cause. This helped me to get away from sitting at home doing nothing, and taught me the importance of paying it forward.  Through helping people, I learned that a little goes a long way; we are all going through different hardships, and sometimes even a smile can make someone’s day.

I made some of the best memories freshman year with my cubbie brothers and sisters. Being able to participate in FCC’s traditions helped me feel as if I was taking part in the U of A’s traditions. For homecoming, we made a float and got to march in the parade through the U of A mall. We went to Bear Down Ball together, which is a 1920’s themed ball where all proceeds are donated to UNICEF. We even traveled to Disneyland. I mean, the happiest place on earth with my best friends? YES, PLEASE.

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FCC helped me to come out of my shell, and it opened doors to becoming even more connected to campus. Later that year, I became involved in Wildcat Event Board (WEB), an organization that puts on free events for the student body. Sophomore year, I was involved in SMORES Sophomore Honorary, which I also loved. I also heard of this job through Jocy, and am now an Outreach Facilitator. Last summer, I was an Orientation and Welcome Leader which was by far one of my top three experiences at the U of A. All of these opportunities arose because I decided to step out of my comfort zone and become involved.

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If there is one piece of advice that I could give every freshman, it would be to get involved. Getting involved helps you feel connected to the U of A, especially if you are living off-campus. It helps you meet new people, make friends, and have lasting memories. Having a social life along with all of the academics can be a struggle, but getting involved is a great way to balance it out. You can be involved with the university, meet people to study with, and also have a great time. My freshman year was one that I will never forget, and I want you all to be able to look back on it and have an amazing experience just like me.

Although FCC applications have already closed, you can get involved in an honorary next year. Sophomore year, you can apply for SMORES or SOPHOS during the spring semester. Visit the ASUA Student Clubs and Organizations list, for a complete list of clubs. Find the club that fits what you’re looking for, whether it is school spirit, philanthropy, cultural or leadership-related. If you don’t find a club that floats your boat, you can always gather ten friends, and start your own.

–Adilene Barrios

Five-Step Survival Guide for Freshman Year

30 Aug

1.  Join any clubs of interest.  As a science major, I joined Bio5 Ambassadors and the Society of Professional Engineers. These clubs fit me perfectly because I was able to meet with fellow Wildcats of similar majors and gain upperclassman advice on what classes to enroll in next year. So, sign up for all clubs that spark your enthusiasm during club fair. Since clubs require minimal time commitment, they are an easy way to make friends and connect to campus. In addition, some clubs will offer free food as an incentive to come to their first meeting. And as poor college students, never turn down an opportunity to eat free pizza, cookies, and Eegees (two more days to catch this month’s flavor, cherry pineapple).

a(Freshman year at my roommate’s club kickball tournament.  I’m the Asian, fourth from the left.)

2.  Set more than one alarm.  Professors usually start class on the minute, so it’s important to wake up on time for class to avoid missing the beginning of lecture. However, this is easier said than done. To wake up, I rely on two phone alarms and one iPad alarm, which I inconveniently place across the room so I am forced to get out of bed. My advice is to not rely on only one alarm; class attendance is crucial, so do whatever it takes to get there on time!

Six-sleeping-corgi-puppies-5(Obviously these corgis didn’t hear their alarm clock)

3.  Buy a planner.  Unless you have an incredible mind like Rain Man, relying solely on memory is a mistake.  Use a planner to create a daily to-do list and record all homework assignments in it.  The UA Bookstore currently has a fantastic planner for $8.99 that includes important UA dates (i.e. when you can Bursar and last day to return textbooks), and is prefaced with several pages of UA resources info (i.e. ThinkTank, Ombuds, etc).  Not to mention, there are coupons and stickers inside!

picstitch(I literally write down every single reminder, task, and assignment in this thing.)

4.  Don’t fall behind in class.  Just don’t.  After a rough first semester of classes, I finally made the grand discovery that I needed to ask questions if I was confused about the subject at hand. In calculus, I gave up on learning trig substitution because it was just too hard, but the consequences of that decision haunted me through the end of the semester. Not understanding one concept initiates a snowball effect for the rest of the class. That one confusing concept that you never fully understood bleeds into the next concept and the next. Before you know it, you can’t keep up and the entire class becomes a blur. Moral of the story? If you’re not getting it, ask questions. Don’t snowball down the hill to failure.

to do math(My life freshman year…don’t be me.)

5.  Don’t be afraid to go to office hours.  Seeking help from your professors can be intimidating. The first time I attended a professor’s office hours, I seriously considered heading home when I saw I was going to be the only student there.  But instead of shying away, I took advantage of the opportunity to have one-on-one tutoring, and it paid off immensely. When you attend office hours, not only do you understand the subject matter more clearly, but you also demonstrate to the professor that you are an engaged, proactive learner. It’s important to get to know at least one professor outside of lecture; you never know when you’ll need a letter of recommendation. However, one word of advice: before you show up, ensure you have attempted the homework and have specific questions prepared, so that you are not blindly asking the professor to repeat their entire lecture.


(Just keep calm and look at these playful puppies.)

–Kaelyn Garner

There’s Still Time to Get Your Hogwarts Letter

15 Jan


What if Harry Potter was real?

It kind of is.

Across the country — and the world — students are working for the Harry Potter Alliance, a non-profit organization that works on social justice and service projects through Harry Potter themes.

Luckily for Potterhead Wildcats, we have our own HPA chapter right here on campus. The University of Arizona Harry Potter Alliance is one of the largest chapters in the country, and was a Featured Chapter in July. When you join, you’ll be sorted into a House to work on one of four areas for change: Gryffindor (Equality), Ravenclaw (Literacy), Slytherin (Environment), or Hufflepuff (Self-Esteem). There are awesome opportunities for not only getting involved in the community, but participating in socials and taking on leadership roles.

Now’s your chance to join Dumbledore’s Army and fight the dark forces of our world…are you in?

UAHPA meets on Thursdays at 7:00 PM. Visit their website to sign up!

Clubs for Everyone!

17 Aug

During the first week of school there are many events happening at all times in class and on the mall (big grass area in front of the SUMC). As a first year student it may be overheliming coming to such a big University, but let me inform you from experience that you will find your community here! One of the most beneficial events for first year students is the ASUA Fall Club Fair. I have been to this event and can promise you that there is a club for everyone, and, if there is not, you can even create one with your friends! 

The 2012 annual ASUA Fall Club Fair will be taking place… 

  • Day: Wednesday, August 22nd
  • Time: 10am-2pm
  •  Location:  SUMC Mall.

This is open to all clubs, recognized and unrecognized! This is one of the only times you will be able to explore every club to see what interests you. I suggest to narrow your choices down to your top 3 or less so you can really connect with the those students in that certain club. To see a list of all the clubs that may be at the event, visit the ASUA Website and browse based on your interests.

On-the-Fence about Involvement

21 Jun

Do you want to jump right into any and every activity on campus at the University of Arizona?!  Or, do you want to wait and see what your schedule looks like first and then determine if you can balance classes, work, family, etc.?

The majority of students will not be the dedicated, super-involved, leaders of the organizations they join.  In fact, many students do not want these responsibilities.  This could be caused by apathy, but it is more likely that this is caused by people trying to maintain balance in their life and be successful on their own terms.  People often want to be highly involved in a club that sparks their interests, but they want to do it on their own time.  And that is ok!

ASUA supports a ton of recognized clubs on campus!  When you are talking to different organizations, ask what the bare minimum time committment is.  You’ll often find that the committment is “seasonal” (i.e. Recruitment Season, Intramurals Season, etc.).  You can make your decision about what to get involved in based on the expectations people will have of you.

For more information about ways to get involved at the University of Arizona, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Student Involvement Fair (Tuesday, August 21, 2012 from 10am-2pm on the College Mall).

Still Haven’t Found The Club For You?

1 Feb

Maybe you missed the Involvement Fair and are really bummed about it because you want to join a club but just don’t know what’s out there. Well, today is your lucky day because I gathered a bunch of fliers and talked to a bunch of clubs just for you, my lovely Wildcats. So, here’s the scoop:

Women in Science and Engineering:

Promote women’s pursuit of careers in science and engineering, or join a group of like-minded ladies if you are one! Each year WISE sponsors the Expanding Your Horizons Conference, the goal of which is to get middle and high school students excited about science, engineering, technology, and math. Students participate in hands-on workshops, meet role models like you, listen to professionals speak about their jobs, and experience a day on the UA campus. That’s just one of the things WISE does, so contact November Papaleo (WISE director) at npapaleo@email.arizona.edu for more info!

The Ramblers Hiking Club:

They hike most weekends in places like Molino Canyon, Kitt Peak, Tortolitas  and the Wild Mustang/Wild Burro Trails loop. One passionate member explained that this club would be great for students who enjoy nature, the beauty of Tucson, and described the club as a diverse group with longtime members who are no longer in school as well as undergrads and grads who have a thing for the outdoors. She said it is a very accessible and friendly club to join. They have hike leaders who facilitate rides for members who can’t drive themselves, and most of the hikes are of moderate difficulty.The Ramblers meet Wednesdays at 5pm in Forbes 307.  Check out the club website here, and if you’re interested in receiving their e-mail notifications, follow the directions on this page.

Alpha Phi Omega: Co-ed Service Fraternity

Go Greek! This is for those interested in community service and volunteering. Requirements include 18-25 hours of community service. They also do socials and help organize the UA’s student-run carnival Spring Fling, which is absolutely amazing every year. Learn more here to find out more about Rushing for Spring 2013!

Cinecats Society:

Movie buffs and future Steven Spielbergs unite! Cinecats Society is a UA club that “brings together students of all majors to make films, watch and discuss movies, organize and participate in workshops and social activities, and schedule lectures by local filmmakers.” Their meetings are Fridays at 4pm Marshal Bldg Room 212. To join their Facebook page, follow them on twitter, or to find out more, go here.

American Tang Soo Do Club: Karate

This club was founded to teach students martial arts and self-defense skills. It’s a fun, safe way to learn how to defend yourself in different situations and also provides an excellent workout. They meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 pm at the Rec Center South Gym. Go here to learn more and get involved!

Ritmos Latinos: Salsa Dancing

Salsa Rueda de Casino classes are all on the south patio of McClelland Hall, and you don’t even need to bring a partner! It’s a great way to meet people, be active, and have fun! To get your groove on with this club, start by going here to find out more!

The best part about all of this is that these are six of MANY clubs offered here at the University of Arizona! It’s easy to get involved and even easier to find a club that is geared towards your interests! Check out this website to look at the entire list! So get out there and find your club!


6 Oct

There are soooo many clubs and ways to get involved on campus. Choosing a topic for my first post was very hard. Finally, I settled on one of the most epic clubs I could possibly imagine participating in, the U of A’s rock climbing club. Hunting down their proper website was something of a challenge, but with help from past member I’m fairly certain I found the current site.

Alright, so I just found out a few weeks ago that cliffhangers even existed. Now that I have found them, I’m quite impressed. Our school really caters to all interests. From their Facebook page, they seem like pretty snazzy people who happen to be hardcore climbers, so courage is definitely a must for this club. The best way to find out more information is to check out their Facebook page and go from there.

Keeping it short and sweet,
~ Alissa

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