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Top 20 Movies to Watch Over The Summer

10 Jun


Shannon’s Picks                                                              Chrissy’s Picks


 The Bourne Identity                                                          Dracula Untold

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows                       Bridge to Terabithia



How to Train Your Dragon                                            Lion King



The Hangover                                                                    The Intern



Cast Away                                                                            Sense and Sensibility



The Sandlot                                                                         Howl’s Moving Castle



The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey                           Harry Potter



The Shining                                                                         Shrooms


Romantic Comedy:

The Wedding Singer                                                         The Ugly Truth


Science Fiction:

iRobot                                                                                    Blade Runner


#StudiousSeptember: Twists and Turns

1 Oct

You know that one skill you have always wanted to learn? Maybe it was how to properly Dougie, maybe it was how to tie the perfect fisherman’s knot. For me it was ice skating, unfortunately for me, Arizona does not provide ample ice, so there is no way for me to learn how to do that…yet. Another thing I have always wanted to learn was how to french braid hair so that it would look like this.

French Braid 1

Luckily my roommate has been more than helpful in this endeavor, and has provided me with her gorgeous hair to practice this new skill. I tried to learn this in a couple different ways, the first was through my roommate’s mom. I have seen her french braid my roommate’s hair countless times, but she lives in Phoenix and somehow the instructions did not make sense over the phone.

French Braid 2

My next attempt at learning this skill was of course the internet. I tried watching YouTube videos that take you step by step, but these went too fast for me. I tend to take a little longer to grasp a new skill. For those of you who do learn like this, here is a good, relatively simple video!

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My last hope was a diagram. Now this learning method is not for everyone, but I find this kind of teaching to be the most helpful when I am learning a skill with my hands. It allows me to go as fast or as slow as I need to and I can constantly look at the pictures to make sure I am doing something right. Here is the link to the diagram I used: http://www.wikihow.com/French-Braid

Erika 2Overall I am proud of the french braid I made. While it might not be the prettiest or the straightest, it is a good place to start and build my skills off of.

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Looking Back: A Reflection on the Last Year

17 Aug

For some of you, being a part of ASA was an obligation you took on as part of a scholarship or a requirement for a class, for others, you did it because you wanted to learn more about campus. Either way, you got something out of it (at least we hope you did), but we, as your Peer Mentors, wanted to let you know what we enjoyed and got out of this experience.

One of the best parts about being a Peer Mentor for me was when one of my students asked me to write them a recommendation letter, and they actually got the job! This let me know that they trusted me and that they were using the things I taught them in workshop. Another great part of my job was the thanks students gave me after the semester. Knowing that I helped them in their pursuit to success really inspired me to continue being a Peer Mentor.

I got a great sense of joy from making the newsletter every week. I knew that not every student who received the letter had workshops and 1:1’s, so being able to help them just as much as I helped the students I met with in person was great. I hope that students were able to learn a lot about the campus and opportunities .

One of my favorite parts about being a Peer Mentor last year was seeing my students go out and use the tools we talked about in workshop or in the newsletters. Knowing that I actually helped them organize their lives gave me a great sense of accomplishment. Also, knowing that they felt comfortable enough to come to me with their problems was a very gratifying experience, and knowing that the advice or life experience I shared with them helped them solve their dilemma made the less exciting parts of my role worth it!

As you can see, you students made just as big an impact on our lives as we did on yours, just in different ways, and for that we want to thank you and wish you the best in all of your endeavors.

-Chrissy, Julian, and Casey

25 Tips Every Wildcat Wishes They Knew Before Starting College

11 Aug
  1. Your classes are most likely going to be far apart. Start warming those legs up.
  2. Bikers can be ruthless. But at least you have the right of way, right?… right?Cheezburger animated GIF
  3. There’s a U of A App. Learn it, live it, love it, and get it here.
  4. Establish relationships with your professor in the first week – IT REALLY DOES HELP!
  5. Go to sleep at a reasonable time the night before your first day of class.sleep animated GIF
  6. Syllabus Week is real. Don’t think that college will be as simple as your first week in some classes.
  7. EAT. Now. Not after your class. Not when your roommate gets back. Eat now.
  8. Be friendly. Smile. But don’t be creepy.            smile animated GIF
  9. Study up on your professors beforehand. RateMyProfessors.com can give you some insights, but always be wary. As with most review sites, usually only those who had really good or a really bad experience will write anything. Also check out Teacher-Course Evaluations here. Since all students respond to those, you’ll get a more reliable impression of the course.
  10. Go to every building and class on your schedule before the first day of class. No one looks cool walking around with their schedule tightly gripped in their hands.
  11. If you don’t like walking, get a bike.
  12. If you do get a bike, also get a bike lock. Seriously.                                                                    bike animated GIF
  13. Buy a Sunlink pass. You’ll get bored of eating at the same places over and over and will want to expand your culinary options! Get yours here.
  14. Buy a reusable water bottle.
  15. Buy sunglasses. It’s sunny pretty much all the time.                                            lady gaga animated GIF
  16. Buy sunblock.
  17. The early bird gets the worm, or in this case, the good seat. So get to classes early.
  18. Take advantage of the Rec Center. You’re already paying a “membership” cost. workout animated GIF
  19. Stop going to Starbucks every three hours. Invest in a Keurig or French Press because you’ll likely need a lot of coffee.
  20. Learn your student ID number by memory.
  21. Highland breakfast burritos are a U of A staple, get acquainted with them now. burrito animated GIF
  22. If you ever see the line in the Bookstore Starbucks with ten people or less, take a picture. It doesn’t happen often.
  23. Get a Zona Zoo pass and become school spirited. Purchase one here.
  24. Take advantage of the events around campus – there’s always something free and fun to do.
  25. Don’t be afraid to fail. It’ll happen more than once and will help you grow as a student and person along the way.cute animated GIF

And a bonus!

26. Don’t forget to Bear Down!


Volunteering in Tucson

30 Jul


One way you can make the most out of your college experience is to volunteer. Whichever field of study you are in, there are always volunteer opportunities available that suit your wants and needs. There are many benefits to volunteering: you can help the community at large, boost your resume, improve your interpersonal skills, etc. It can also be used to try new experiences that you never thought you would be able to. With these experience under your belt, you can find what you are really passionate about and want to pursue as a career. I know volunteering has been a crucial part of my college experience and has shaped me into who I am today.

Since I am a premed student and hoping to attend medical school, I volunteer at Banner University Medical Center. I am currently a volunteer transporter, so my role is to transport patients and various items around the hospital. This allows me to have first-hand experience working in a hospital. I get to work in the environment, have staff and patient interactions, observe patient treatments, and so much more. Not only am I getting great first-hand experiences, but I also get to meet medical staff and network for future purposes. Through my volunteer experience, I found that medicine is truly my passion and what I want to pursue. I know that I am comfortable in a hospital setting and that I would be suitable to work there in the future. Volunteering has helped me reaffirm my purpose in college and my love and motivation during my time here.

Now you know the many benefits of volunteering in college, the only question is how do you find volunteer opportunities. There are many opportunities to volunteer near and around the University of Arizona. You can find these opportunities in many ways such as: personal connections and networks, online research, email lists through your academic department, physical postings, etc. You can also check out the following website to find additional opportunities: http://volunteer.unitedwaytucson.org/. Here you can see the opportunities available around Tucson and filter down to your specific interests. Volunteering has done so much for my college experience and I hope it does the same for yours. Find what you’re passionate about and volunteer!


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The Best of Tucson

30 Jul

Here are some of our  favorite of campus restaurants and local places to go visit in Tucson!

Time Market (Shuvonno approved!)
Address: 444 E. University Boulevard

Phone: (520) 622-0761
Hours: 7am-10pm

Time Market is a place like no other. Imagine a restaurant, deli, and market all in one place, with a great atmosphere and some delicious food. Conveniently located near the University of Arizona (on the southwest corner of University Blvd/3rd Ave), Time Market offers everything from amazing wood-fired pizza, subs, organic produce, freshly baked artisan bread (comes out of the oven around 10am daily), a wide selection of beverages, and also a few must-try breakfast items. One my personal favorites is the Merquez pizza, which is made with mozzarella, red sauce, fresh fennel, mint, lemon zest, and mouth-watering merguez sausage all the way from Ninam Ranch in Rio Vista, California. Open from 7am to 10pm daily, Time Market also offers a chill atmosphere that many fall in love with after their first visit, which makes it a great place for a simple lunch with family and friends, or even a date with someone special.

Check out their menu: facebook.com/TimeMarketTucson.


Sparkroot Coffee Bar + Fare (Lupita approved!)
Address: 245 E. Congress Street
Phone: (520) 623-4477
Hours: Mon-Sat – 7am-10pm; Sun 8am-9pm (*Kitchen closes 1 hour prior)

One of my favorite off-campus places to eat, study, and relax is Sparkroot, which is located downtown, across the street from Hotel Congress. In the summer of 2013, a friend and I  found this treasure while walking around downtown. The cafe sparked my curiosity due to its layout and its atmosphere. There is often music playing in the background, the cashiers are friendly (especially to newcomers), and the food is amazing. From outside the café doesn’t appear to have much space, but just as a T.A.R.D.I.S., there is more than meets the eye. I have spent countless hours studying at the large table and stools downstairs. If you’d rather head to a coffee shop for relaxation over productivity, you will find couches on the second floor. If you’re looking for a place to hang out in your free time, then swing by Sparkroot café to enjoy a nice drink. 

Check out their website: www.sparkroot.com.


Oregano’s Pizza Bistro (Brenda approved!)
Address: 4900 E. Speedway Boulevard
Phone: (520) 327-8955
Hours: 11am-10pm

One of my favorite Italian restaurants to go is Oregano’s. This is a great place to visit on the weekend with friends, family, or that special someone. Every dish that I have tried there so far has been delicious and for a great price ($). My personal favorites are the deep dish pizzas and the Italian flag lasagna. One of the must try desserts is a pizookie. A pizookie is basically a cookie baked on a 6-inch pizza pan topped with scoops of vanilla bean ice cream. Yummm! I highly recommend this place to anyone!

Check out their website: www.oreganos.com/index_main.html.


Cheesecake Factory (Vanessa approved!)
Address:60 W. Wetmore Road
Phone: (520) 408-0033
Hours: 11am-11pm

This place can get a little busy at times especially near the holidays, so calling ahead to make a reservation is always a good idea! The Cheesecake Factory does not deliver, but you can call in and order for pick up.  I definitely recommend it for special occasions such a date, birthday, graduation, or being a WILDCAT (which we think is always cause for celebration)! But most importantly this place is affordable as well! The Cheesecake Factory can be pleasing to all of your guests due to the fact that they have a variety of foods:  burgers, pasta, seafood, and steak! Oh and did I mention they have dessert too! After dinner, you and your guests can enjoy a walk inside the Tucson Mall with a pleasantly stuffed tummy – the mall is just steps from the restaurant!

Check out their menu and website: www.thechessecakefactory.com.


Scented Leaf Tea House + Lounge (Codi approved!)
Address: 943 E. University Boulevard
Phone: (520) 624-2930
Hours: 10am-9pm

My favorite place to go after a long week of classes is Scented Leaf. Scented Leaf has every flavor of tea you could ever think of! Hot or cold, they got it. They have teas on tap, which they can mix with other flavors, such as lemonade, lemons, milk (coconut, soy, almond, skim, half & half, 2%), sweetener, punch, and honey, just to name a few. They offer 50 cent refills on medium drinks, and $1 refills on large drinks. The tea is amazing, and the atmosphere is quiet and peaceful if you need a place to unwind and study. If you are not looking for a place to study, it is still a great place to stop by and walk down University with your friends and family.

Check out their website: www.thescentedleaf.com.


Wings and Rice (Nam approved!)
Address: 5502 E. Pima Street
Phone: (520) 731-3313
Hours: 11am-9pm

Whoa wings.. and rice, what a weird combination. Don’t reject the idea just yet. This place is one of my personal favorite spots in Tucson. It’s about 10 minutes off campus by car, at the corner of Pima and Craycroft. So what do they serve there, besides wings and rice? They serve a variety of foods, from chicken wraps, to pulled pork sandwiches, to different burgers, to cheese fries and many more. But personally my favorite is the katsu chicken on top of the fried rice (insert fire emoji). They have this sauce they put over their fried rice and katsu chicken that is immaculate. Kinda sweet, kinda tangy, kinda perfect. For their wings, they have a variety of flavors to choose from and of course they are bomb. I would definitely recommend checking this place out. It’s a must try if you are new to Tucson!

Check out their website: www.wingsandrice.com


Azian Restaurant (Sushi & Korean BBQ) (Khadra approved!)
Address: 15 N. Alvernon Way
Phone: (520) 777-8311
Hours: 11:30am-10pm

I would have to say this restaurant is hands down the most delicious and cheap sushi restaurant in Tucson. Sushi isn’t the most economical meal out there, and being college students, we have a budget to keep in mind. This is a good mix of affordable and delicious! For instance, I ordered 9 different rolls and only paid $20.00. Having said this, I totally recommend this spot. There are dollar menus for sushi, happy hour specials, and so on. And the variety they offer is beyond ridiculous. Can you imagine ever having Green Tea Sushi? Sounds weird, right? Well, I can faithfully say Green Tea sushi is ahhhhmaaaaaaazinnggggg  (I order it everytime). So, if you are someone who loves sushi just as much as I do, please go try it out. I promise you will not regret it! I haven’t personally ordered the Korean barbecue, but all of my friends who have tried it have loved it. The Korean barbecue is a little on the pricey side, so I haven’t tried it. But if you’d like to, please do try it out and let me know!


Finding Your Wildcat Family

26 Sep

I remember the night before my first day as a college student.  With my backpack ready and my class schedule printed out, I thought about how many friends I was going to make, all the new adventures I’d have, and, most importantly, how many clubs and organizations I’d be in. I was about to set off on a journey to find my own crazy, fun, and unique “Modern Family”.

Since I was living off-campus my freshmen year, I wanted to make sure I was as involved as possible so I felt like I was a part of the campus. In high school, I was in almost every club offered. I was president of my class, secretary of three clubs, and tutored Spanish three days out of the week. (Fun Fact: I don’t even speak Spanish, so I don’t even know how I qualified for that position.) When I look back on my high school years, those activities are what I remember most. I knew that going into college, if there was an opportunity to get involved, I took it! Then I heard the most magical words to ever come out of a UA student’s mouth: “There are over 500 clubs on campus.” My mind nearly exploded with pure excitement.



On the second day of school, I went to the involvement fair on the mall– tent after tent of brochures and posters of every club I could imagine.  The first club I found an interest in was very similar to my high school student council. So, I decided to apply. I went through the entire process of attending socials and interviews. After meeting the other applicants, there was no doubt that these people would be my “college buddies” and this club would be my new home.

But a couple of weeks later, I received a rejection letter. I was devastated. I saw the rejection letter as a message that I wouldn’t have a home on campus. I only had a couple of friends on campus from high school and they were already friends with the people in their hall or found a club. So, here I was. I was lost and didn’t know what to do next.


After a few days (and an embarrassing number of phone calls with my mom), I picked myself up and decided to keep trying. I knew what kind of college experience I wanted and I was going to make it happen! I was more determined than Lily on her first day of kindergarten.


I went on to ASUA’s website and looked at the list of clubs. Some clubs definitely weren’t for me, but I saw some that interested me. I narrowed it down and attended some club meetings.  None of my friends were interested, so I went alone. I was a very dependent person, so flying solo was something very difficult for me to do- but I took the leap!

I decided to try to join a club whose focus was helping animals. If you know anything about me, you know that I love our furry friends! This had to be my place; there was no question about it! But, lo and behold, it just didn’t work out. Of course I loved the puppies (who wouldn’t?), but I just didn’t seem to click with the members. This happened a few times as I tried different clubs. It was now a month into school and I was questioning if I was doing college the “right way”. 




I was discouraged, but I kept trying different clubs. Then, one day, I went to a club meeting and thought, “I could get into this”. I went to a second meeting the week after and then to a third. I started to love spending time with the people there. I quickly made friends and believed in what the club’s goals were. At the time, I had no idea that these people would be the defining aspect of my college career, but soon enough, we were Gloria and Cam:


I’m currently in my junior year and have an officer position in the club. I can wholeheartedly say that the club members are some of my best friends and they are totally invited to my future wedding (#isthatweird). It was a difficult road to find my place on campus, but when I finally found it, I knew it was perfect for me.

Going through this journey at the beginning of my freshman year taught me that everyone has their place, but it’s up to you to take the leap and find it! Sure, some of my high school friends found a place to fit in by the end of the first week. I didn’t find my home until about Week 6, but I FOUND IT! I tried and I tried and I finally found it. Just like the characters in Modern Family, we’re quirky, weird, and somehow found each other in unusual ways, but we love each other always. Even today, I feel like my Wildcat family was made just for me and I still cannot believe how lucky I am to have them in my life. So, I share this message to you: It doesn’t matter how late it is in the semester or how late it is in your college career, there is a place for you on our campus. All you need to do is take the leap and find your Wildcat Family.





P.S.  Here’s the second part of the Lily’s “Can’t wait to learn!” GIF, because it’s hilarious. I laugh every time.


So College Isn’t as Easy as You Expected…

17 Sep

So you got your first exam grade back…





and it wasn’t what you were expecting.




But don’t give up and drop out just yet…



because it’s not the end of the world.




Many classes are “weed out” classes…



 they want to make sure you have what it takes.



So some students will drop and take the class another semester.



Others will just drop, change their major, and peace out for good.



But if you have the motivation and drive…



you’ll take that bad exam grade and stick with the class…



But you’ll have to make some changes.



Improve your study habits…



because cramming the night before isn’t going to cut it.



You’re not in high school anymore, Wildcats.



This is college life.



There is never a moment when you have no homework.



Because the end of the first exam is when you should start studying for the second.



So lift your head up…



and head to the library…



because one bad exam grade is not going to ruin your life.



And you’re going to rock that second exam.






I AM Tucson

25 Feb

“I never realized how much of a college town Tucson was, until I began attending the U of A…”

Growing up in Tucson, I was constantly exposed to Wildcat attire, U of A athletics, and field trips to the University itself. But, even with all this incriminating evidence of Tucson’s co-dependency with the University of Arizona, I didn’t view my hometown as a “College Town” until the truth made itself known.

Within the first several days of my freshman year, I began making friends, friends with people from all over the nation. But I was pleasantly surprised – or maybe the thought just never really occurred to me – that there were A LOT of people from Tucson here! And when you meet someone who is from the same city or town as you, what do you immediately follow with? “Really? What part?” I nearly always heard a different answer: The North-side, East-side, Marana, Central Tucson, The Foothills, Oro Valley, Sunnyside. The population of students from Tucson was from all over Tucson, and a lot of them still lived in those locations. I know for one that I still lived with my parents out in Marana as a part of Greater Tucson and other Tucson locals did the same thing within their respective locations. We were all over the place! Wildcats everywhere (throw your hands up in the air).

Over the years, those students I met who were orignally from out-of-town or out-of-state and lived in the dorms found themselves moving out and renting or buying homes near campus, giving the U of A and its students an economical importance to the community. During this real estate downturn in the Market right now, Tucson will always have one consistency: the university. The U of A brings thousands of potential home-owners or renters to the City of Tucson.

Local businesses also understand the importance of The University. I can’t go anywhere without seeing a student discount or special option. Especially when going out to eat. Especially near campus. This surge in revenue goes right back in to the community via local businesses and organizations.

Is this why Tucson locals wear their Wildcat Red and Blue proudly? Is this why the UA Mall is completely filled with tailgaters and RVs? Is this why if you ask any T-Loc what Bear Down is or who the Girl Wildcat is, they can tell you? Who knows. What I do know is that Tucson has a rich, diverse cultural background and strong spirit that holds us all together. Even in the hardest times. Whether you realize it or not, if you live in Tucson, you live with the University of Arizona.