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Prepping Makes Perfect

7 Aug

All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately, that includes summer. As this summer ends, why not make sure you are as prepared as you can be for next year? Last summer you were probably freaking out about what you would need for school, but this time you are much more prepared! Here are some helpful ideas on how to prep for your second year!

Figure out where your classes are…before the first day

This one might sound a little odd, but it really does help! The first day is stressful no matter what year you are in. Not only do you have a new Professor with their own teaching style, but you are receiving all your syllabi on the same day! This can be  vastly overwhelming, and any way you can help relieve that stress will be good!

Plan out your meals

This is something I always struggle to stick to. Often after I plan them out, I don’t feel like eating that meal on that day, but after all my classes it is nice to know exactly what I will be making for dinner. Additionally, if you are able, try to invest in a Crock-Pot or another type of slow cooker. This will allow your meals to cook while you are in class so that you can come home to a cooked meal! You can also use the left-overs for lunches for the rest of the week!

Actually use a planner

You will be reminded of this every semester. Planners are a great way for students to plan out their time and feel like they have a little more control. I cannot use a traditional planner because I never remember to check them or write things down, but I do utilize a teacher’s desk calendar. I take all my syllabi at the beginning of the semester, and write down the important dates and assignments. This allows me to see what I need to do for the entire month so I can plan ahead. You don’t have to use the portable planners, but you really should have some method for staying on track.

Have a designated cleaning day

This is super important for all students. There are points in the semester that you will feel like you have no time for anything else but school, but this is an unhealthy way to think. Letting your living space become too dirty will distract you, and cause your work to suffer. Additionally, cleaning is a great way to clear your mind for a little bit, it is very important to maintain balance.

Make sure to have some fun

While we are at college to learn, remember to take some time to have fun. Now I am not saying you should go out partying all the time, but I am saying that you should take some time to treat yourself to dinner, or read a fun book, or just hang out with some friends on the mall! No matter what your fun entails, make sure to have some!

-Chrissy

 

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Quick & Easy Healthy Snacks

10 Jun

I’ve got to say, having such busy weeks I’m always looking for quick and easy snacks. And now that its summer and temperatures are high, nutritious snacks are even more important to keep up with this heat. Now after browsing the internet, I found a variety of recipes that are perfect for summer and taste delicious! Now to share with you are a few snacks I’ve tried myself that take no longer than 10 minutes!

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Apple Moons

Just spread apple slices with peanut butter and add granola to the top!

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Chicken and Waffles 

Mix chicken salad with some sliced grapes and chopped walnuts. Spoon onto toasted mini whole-wheat waffles.

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Pomegranate Slushies 

Blend 1 cup pomegranate juice and 2 tablespoons honey with 3 cups ice until slushy. Pour into glasses and top with more juice.

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Matzo Melts

Brush matzo crackers with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and dried rosemary. Top with sliced turkey and shredded cheddar. Bake 5 minutes at 400 degrees F.

These are just a few of the great snacks I’ve made at home thanks to the Food Network. To see more visit: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/50-after-school-snacks/50-quick-snack-recipes.html?oc=linkback

#AdventurousApril: Archaeology Adventures

18 Apr

April is one of the hardest months in the school year. Everyone is ready for school to be over and yet there is still a ton to do! Added on top of all this is registration for classes, which inexplicably comes with thinking about the future.

Personally, I have always known what I wanted to do both for my bachelor’s degree and my master’s degree, but suddenly out of almost no where, I was not so sure. Essentially it started with my school tour last month. It got me thinking about things, always dangerous, I know. What it really came down to was that I did not think I could be happy being a Professor for the rest of my life, not that I did not want to teach, but I did not want to do research (a big part of being a professor).

Equipped with this new-found information, I had a decision to make: what the heck was I going to do now? I had come into college with a sure-fire plan of what I wanted to do, and now here I was at the end of my JUNIOR year with no idea about what I want to do?! So, I did what anyone would do: I stayed up all night watching Ted-Talk videos trying to come up with a semblance of a plan.The videos actually ended up helping because during one of the videos, I heard someone talking about classical preservationists, who preserve ancient artifacts. I started researching the requirements for this job, and it turned out that all my hard work in my undergrad would not go to waste! I would need the exact same classes that I had already taken, so I was not as hopeless as I thought I was.

The truth of the matter is that most students will change their minds about what they want to do sometime during their undergraduate career, it is just a fact of college. As we grow as people, we find out more about our interests and limits and have to adjust for that. If you find yourself in my shoes, with no idea about what you want to do with your life, don’t fret. Start researching, do some personal digging and figure out what interests you. Take a class that sounds interesting, you never know… maybe Psychology is your thing, maybe you were born to be a Criminologist!  Whatever excites you, go for it!

Christine Ellis

There’s a First Time for Everything

4 Apr

Spring Fling is a U of A tradition that most students take part in their first year on campus. My first year however, I was pretty awkward and I did not feel comfortable walking around alone, and none of my friends wanted to go. I promised myself I would do it my Sophomore year, but once again I lost my nerve, I ended up talking myself out of it by claiming I had too much homework. This year will be different. For starters, I have a few friends that are very excited to go with me so it looks like I will finally go to my first Spring Fling.

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There are a few things I am really excited for, one thing is cotton candy. I have never had cotton candy before, and I know I can go to the store and buy it, but I am sure there is something different about carnival cotton candy.

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The bands look pretty cool, I read the description of a few of them, and the Score looked like it could be good. Also, there are quite a few A Cappella groups performing on various days which could be good.

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I don’t know if I will ride any rides, I have seen Final Destination and I am not sure if I am down with that. I might ride a Ferris Wheel so that I can say I rode a ride, but I am not a huge thrill seeker.

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Moreover, I am really excited to spend some times with my friends relaxing and not worrying about school.

-Chrissy

#MiddlingMarch: Chrissy Gets Her Groove Back

29 Mar

Of all the breaks and days off we have, Spring Break is the worst. It is just long enough that we delude ourselves that we can put off doing school work for a few days, but not long enough for that to actually be the case. Please, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Spring Break, I cherish the fact that I don’t have to be at school at 7:30 in the morning everyday, but coming back from break is always the hardest thing to do.

Personally, to avoid the awkward phase of getting back into the swing of school, I do school-type things over the break. This break, I visited the University of Washington to check out their graduate program. I was able to talk to the Professors I could potentially be working with to get my PhD. Doing this helped me refocus my vision. Throughout your school years, you might forget why you came to college in the first place, and it is a good idea to remind yourself. If graduate school is not in the books for you, spend some time talking to people in your field. Sometimes you have to focus on the end goals a bit to stay motivated.

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Of course, I did not visit Seattle without visiting the sites! I was there for three days, and while one was spent at the University, the other two were spent touring around Seattle. I visited the Chihuly Glass Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, Pike-Market Place (where we saw them throw fish at customers) and of course the Space Needle. It was the right amount of school and relaxing.

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It’s not always easy to flit off to schools you’re interested in, but looking up programs is a great way to focus your mind on the future and to remind yourself what you are working toward. It is never too early to start planning your future!

-Chrissy

#JumpStartJanuary: Organizational Tools Galore

29 Jan

There are a lot of different ways people organize their life. As a college student, finding the way that works best for you can be quite challenging, but it is essential to college success. I am going to go over a few different kinds of organizational tools and how they could potentially be used.

The Planner

  • This is one of the most commonly used organizational tools in college. Students go through and write down assignments that are due each day. Ideally, the student will carry it with them everyday and add to it as more assignments get added. This tool is great for students that are on the go; it allows them to double check assignment due dates on the drop of a hat.

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The Post-It Notes

  • These tools are less common. Many times students will use these to make lists. This is more of a short term tool, meaning most students will use them for day to day lists, but they will not have their entire semester planned out on one. This tool is useful for a student trying to stay focused. Having a to-do list right on their desk often helps students remember what they need to do immediately.

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The White Board/ Mirror

  • Much like the Post-It Note, the white board is often used for lists, but on a much bigger scale. Obviously, there is a lot more room on a white board or mirror compared to that of a Post-It. Often times students will utilize this tool when they have large projects, or many assignments in various classes. This helps organize assignments into a bigger picture.

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The Teacher’s Calendar

  • Personally, I find this tool to be the most useful. I have used a teacher’s calendar every year I have been at school and it has helped me tremendously. The teacher’s calendar or desk calendar as some refer to it is a larger than normal calendar that one can hang up on the wall or put on their desk. Many times, students will go through their syllabus and write down important dates (such as exams), assignments (including but not limited to readings and essays) and note important dates for the class. Using this tool can be helpful because it allows students to see upcoming assignments well in advance and can aid in planning for projects.

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The Carrier

  • While this might sound like a contagious disease, the carrier is actually just a name for a person who carries (get it?) around their syllabus to their classes. While most people don’t use this tool, those that do have an added benefit of always having access to assignments. Most people do not carry physical copies of their syllabus to class, instead they have them saved on their phone or other electronic devices.

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Now, of course these are only a few of the many many many different kinds of tools that students use to become more organized. While I strongly promote the use of a calendar, that might not be the best tool for you, but it is important to find what does work and to utilize it; there is no point in having a planner if it sits at home collecting dust. So go out there and get organized!

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-Chrissy Ellis

5 Steps To a Focused Finish

28 Mar

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Okay, so we all know we need some time to “recover” from our week of relaxing on spring break (#studentproblems, am I right?). I don’t know about you, but I have a few piles of neglected laundry to do and I probably should have gotten a head start on some assignments. Procrastination happens, but now that we’ve had a week to get back into the groove of things, let’s talk staying focused these last 7 weeks and finishing STRONG.

Because I will be graduating in May, this is my final semester here at the UA (hey, that rhymed!). That being said, my mind is constantly wandering elsewhere which means my immediate academic concerns keep taking a backseat. So if you’re feeling a little distracted, I feel ya, but have no fear! I have devised a strategic plan for us to get through this semester together and it even comes in list form (for those who respond best to information presented in the “BuzzFeed” format.)

Five Steps to a Focused Finish

 

1. Look it up. Write it down.

Remember that planner you got at the beginning of the year? Or…you know, maybe forgot to get? Now is the time to blow off the dust and put it to use. Also, while you’re digging around in your long-forgotten papers, find those syllabi!

It’s good practice to write down each and every deadline you receive at the beginning of the year, but now that we only have seven weeks left, getting those last assignment deadlines down is not only a good way to remind yourself about what you have coming up, but it also gives you a nice foreseeable timeline (with light at the end of the tunnel!).

Other ways to organize your dates and deadlines:

  •          Schedule it on your phone (with reminder notifications)
  •          Use Google Calendar
  •          Use sticky notes
  •          Make weekly to-do lists (and make sure to cross them off as you go! It’s sooo satisfying.)
  •          Use a whiteboard.
  •          Use your MIRROR (it’s hard to ignore things when they are literally staring you in the face…)

2. Prioritize

Okay, so now that you have all your to-do’s, dates, deadlines, and impending freak-outs (just kidding—you’ll do great), now it’s time to prioritize your tasks based on how much time they will require to do properly and how much time you actually have to finish them. Sounds like quite the process, but really it’s just about being realistic and disciplined with yourself.

  • First, identify which tasks are more “sit-down-til-you’re-done” types of assignments (i.e. math homework, quizzes, discussion prompts, etc.) and which are more like projects (group assignments, papers, presentations, etc.).
  • Second, consider all the outside factors that go into completing them:
    • are group members involved?
    • do you need to visit an instructors’s office hours?
    • will you need someone to look over your work?
  • Finally, consider all your personal factors:
    • do you know you work best in the morning? or in the evening?
    • how many editing days will you feel comfortable with?
  • And, moving on to Step #3….

3. Break down your time.

 Now, let’s get down to business. The key to an effective “master plan” is details, details, details. Now that you generally know when you need to be working on certain tasks, let’s break down each week, each day, and each hour. 

What’s that? You think that’s a little overboard? You bet your butt it is. And that is how we stay focused, team. Over-preparation. 

Thanks to Step #1 and #2, you now have your wonderful list of dates and deadlines, so let’s commit to a schedule!

  • First, map out a relative timeline for yourself. As you outline your “master plan,”  consider those external and personal factors that might affect your timing, determine which week and specific day(s) you plan to work on each individual assignment and how much time you foresee needing to complete them.
  • Second, write it down.
    • commit to periods of time that:
      • specify which tasks you are completing
      • when you will start and stop
      • how much you plan to have completed by the stop-time
    • Make it visual! There are many ways to organize your timeline, but here are just a few:

4.  Set Goals

Setting goals every step of the way not only automatically structures your time, it also keeps you from getting too overwhelmed!

For example, let’s say you have a paper, a bunch of little assignments, and an exam in the same week (ugh…you poor thing). Instead of cramming for the test, slapping together the essay, and frantically trying to complete the assignments all at the same time, setting specific time periods for each assignment has a built-in stress reliever (you get to stop once the time period is done, feel like you have accomplished what you set out to do, and move on to something else).

Tips:

  • make them specific
  • make them task and time based
  • completion shouldn’t be your only goal. Make sure your “progress checks” (i.e. finishing an outline, completing three math assignments, synthesizing data into a chart, etc.) are taken into account and celebrated, too!

5. Reward Thyself.

Don’t wait until you have finished an assignment completely to reward yourself! The beauty of your “master plan” is that you have little accomplishments sprinkled throughout each week. Obviously you shouldn’t go out for ice cream after you have picked out the theme for your PowerPoint slides. Let’s be judicious with our celebrations here. But keep in mind those mini “lights at the end of the tunnel” and use them to motivate you through these last couple of months.

 

So, yes. In the end it turns out organization and forethought are the keys to a focused semester. Not mind blowing, I know, but effective nonetheless. Take the time in between midterms and finals to get organized for this last push to the end. You will thank yourself later and yes….you get a reward at the end!

 

–Franny

 

A Walk With Wildcats

13 Mar

Each student steps onto the University of Arizona campus with unique experiences and perspectives. We took this idea and decided to challenge ourselves. We wanted to know what being a Wildcat means for each of us. Instead of writing a traditional blog, we decided that a picture is worth one thousand words and certainly more than any blog could capture. We set out across campus to take photos of what being a Wildcat means to us. Walk with Wildcats and see how we captured campus.

This is Wildcat Country!

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The Wildcat life of a student consists of:

IMAG1041You are here to be a part of something bigger than yourself and that means going to class too!

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The Daily Wildcat is the number one student run newspaper in the nation. If you want to put your finger on the pulse of the campus, this is where you go.

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The University of Arizona offers opportunities to bridge connections with the Tucson community.

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Having a healthy dose of rivalry.

What does Wildcat Country represent?

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Old Main represents tradition at the University of Arizona and achieving excellence by improving what can be improved.

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Centennial Hall is home to UA Presents the premier provider of artistic and cultural events. Not only do they bring big names to campus, but they highlight our fine arts programs and show us the creative side of what is means to be a Wildcat!

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Construction and detours are not only present around campus right now as they build the new light rail, but also throughout your college career. Wildacts know how to handle those detours and turn them into opportunity!

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What makes us Wildcats is our sense of community and state of unity. We stand together, as an institution, with one goal in mind – to Bear Down!

As Wildcats we:

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Being a Wildcat means lending a hand when others are in need. It means not only thinking about yourself, but putting others’ needs before your own.

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You know you’re a Wildcat when you start seeing yourself as a representative of the UA. Taking a moment to help out someone who might be lost is not only an act of kindness, but also feels great to welcome others to our campus!

ARIZONA WILDCATS!

This is what it’s all about!

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All hail Arizona and remember to Bear Down.

(Facili-) ‘Tators Talk Travel

7 Mar
As a group, we must say that we Outreach Facilitators are pretty well traveled! And since we have traveled by plane, train, car, boat, hot air balloon, and just about any way there is to move, we’re basically experts. With spring break travel upon us, we thought it would be helpful to gather some tips for the new travelers among us! Here’s what we have to say about packing, planning, and peregrination (that’s a good word—you’re welcome).

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How do you know what to pack? What not to pack? What about TSA or international regulations?

  • Lauren: I always check the weather two weeks before I leave to get a projection of what will happen, then I make a list of things I want to pack. One week before the trip, I check the weather again and adjust my list…THEN I RELAX. Take a step back for a few days and daydream about the things I will be doing on my trip. Two days before I leave, I pack according to the  list and the daydreams.
  • Franny: When it comes to flying, help your future self out when it comes to the carry-on bag and try to only pack what you will absolutely need throughout your transit-time. It’s no fun having to separate a million things so that they can go through security. The people behind you get impatient, you get flustered, and it is much more likely that you will forget something in one of those bins! It’s better to pack the absolute necessities (wallet, book, music device, light jacket, etc.) and jam the rest in your checked bag.
    • As for TSA regulations and international restrictions, LOOK THEM UP. No one likes to get all the way to security only to have to go back to check the item or throwing it away entirely! (I don’t know how many tubes of toothpaste I have had to throw away). When in doubt, either ask the airline beforehand, check it, or just plan on getting it at your destination.

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What about international traveling? What should you keep in mind when it comes to vaccinations, health care, and laws?

  • Valeria: When traveling internationally it is always a good idea to have international health insurance. International health insurance is a precaution that you want to take when traveling to a new country. One that I have used in the past has been GeoBlue International Health Insurance.
  • Kaelyn: When traveling internationally, I think it’s important to take copies of your passport, driver’s license, and any other forms of identification. Keep these copies in your luggage or give them to someone you’re traveling with to keep. The last thing you want is to lose your backpack or purse and be stranded in a foreign country without any forms of identification!  It’s also important to make sure you bring enough cash or a credit / debit card that for sure works outside the U.S.  I toured Europe a couple years ago and the credit card I brought with me did not work internationally, so I was unable to withdraw any money.  I had to borrow money from my friend the entire trip, so make sure that doesn’t happen to you!

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What do you do when your travel plans go awry?

  • Lucero: Life happens, and sometimes it doesn’t happen in the manner you want it to. Experiences are all about personal perception. If things derail from the perfect plan, embrace the new direction! Make the most out of it. A new direction is always a new opportunity to expand and experience beyond your guided plans. Perhaps these new experiences will prove more notable and timeworthy. Keep an open mind to the possibilities and changes.
“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”–Laozi
  • Lauren: STAY CALM. If you get worked up (like I can tend to do) it will be harder to concentrate and think on your feet. It is so easy to get caught up in the what ifs, so make it easier on yourself and don’t even go there.

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How do you pick travel tunes?

  • Tori: It’s totally one of those things that you don’t realize is so important until you didn’t prepare! On my last flight, I had forgotten to make myself a fun, relaxing playlist to get me pumped for the trip and calm my nerves. As a result, I kept having to search through my phone to find the song I wanted next. Not cool. On the way to my destination, I usually have a few butterflies in my stomach, so I like to go with my favorite, soothing songs. My personal picks for this task – Weezer and The Black Keys. They keep me perfectly balanced between excitement and relaxation.
    • Use your playlist to set the tone for your adventure by choosing songs with the perfect beat to express what you want this trip to be – whether that’s relaxing slow songs, upbeat stuff to get you pumped up for the thrill ahead, or anything in between!
  • Lauren: I like to listen to the music of the region if I am traveling out of the country.
  • Franny: Okay, this may sound a little nerdy, but I like to load audiobooks onto my phone. For some reason, reading books during flights makes me incredibly sleepy, which is unfortunate because I find it really difficult to actually fall asleep! And for road trips, forget about it. I get carsick by the time I’ve finished a page. With audiobooks, I can close my eyes, relax, and throwback to my kinder-days when someone would read me stories!
    • I use the Audible App. The first month is a FREE trial and you get a free audiobook when you sign in with your Amazon account.
    • PRO TIP: do you have reading for an assignment to do? Well, if you know you’ve got some travel time coming up, invest in the audiobook version…hey, you’re just bringing a new dimension into your learning, right?
  • Kaelyn: Road trips can be tricky if you’re traveling with a group. Who gets to choose the tunes? Well, I’ve found that the best thing to do is think about it beforehand. Have each person contribute and set a rule that there is no making fun of another person’s choices.

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How do you make plans with others?

  • Vero: I always find myself to be a perfectionist. This is the case when planning vacations too. When I travel with my friends, I usually put everything on a Google Doc and then share it with them. This way they can all see what the plan is and add comments accordingly.
    • Franny: to add to Vero’s awesome idea, go ahead and make a “driver” schedule, too! Who is going to take the first shift? Who’s the lucky duck who gets the awful 2:00am-5:00am shift? Whoever is in the front passenger seat should also be prepared to keep that driver talking, singing along to music, or whatever it takes to keep them alert. If you know you have a long trek ahead of you, consider each other’s abilities to be safe drivers during less than ideal times.
  • Lauren: I am a big planner, but sometimes it is better to have the foundation/skeleton of a plan and fill it in when everyone is there. No one likes to feel left out and/or labeled the decision maker for the group. Go with the flow, but have a general plan to fall back on.

So, you’re in a place you have never been. Now what do you do?

  • Tori: Find someone friendly! When I flew to Denver (my first flight by myself!), the grandmotherly woman next to me on the plane was so nice and offered to let me go with her and her husband to find baggage claim. Then, my shuttle driver had some awesome suggestions about what I could do in Fort Collins since I’d never been there before. If you’re new to an area, don’t be afraid to ask the locals for their advice! Most will be more than happy to help out!
  • Lucero: The beauty about not knowing your location is the possibility of what you can find! Get out there and explore! Don’t be afraid to get lost. That’s how you find your way and get the most memorable experiences! Every location I have ever traveled, I’ve gone out and explored on my own. The thrill, mystery, and the knowledge of knowing you are somewhere new is definitely worth every second!

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What if your plane get delayed or canceled?

  • Valeria: Always purchase insurance on your ticket, just to be safe.
  • Franny: I recently had this happen because of a crazy snow storm! About an hour before my flight, I got an email that my departure flight AND transfer flight had been cancelled. If you find yourself stranded like I was, the first thing you want to do is talk to an airline representative. They have the entire system at their fingertips and are likely to know the ins-and-outs of flying dilemmas better than you. Another thing to keep in mind is that you may have to find a creative way of getting home–and that sometimes includes a little detour. I ended up having to hitch a ride to Baltimore instead of flying out of Washington, D.C. Depending on the urgency of  your situation, changing airlines, airports, or cities altogether is an inconvenient, but effective option!

What do you do if you don’t speak the language and you get lost?

  • Tori: When I was in high school, I went on a trip to England with 10 other students and our two chaperones. We spent our last day before coming home in Paris. Since we had a very limited time, we were running around the whole time. In that one day, and really it was only 12 hours, we saw the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, walked along the Seine, visited Notre Dame. Well, we were so caught up in everything that we missed the bus that would get us to the location of another bus that would get us to the train station. So we ran for it. We were looking for an opera house and could not, for the life of us, find it. With limited time, we started asking everyone we could for help. It took awhile, but eventually we found someone who spoke Spanish, and someone in our group was able to  communicate that way.
    Maybe not the best way to handle that sitch, so I would definitely suggest learning a few key phrases or bringing a phrase book. Even if you’re speaking the language horribly, they’ll appreciate the effort. Also bring a map so you can resort to charades if need be!

What if I’m a picky eater?

  • Hannah: When you visit a different country, you have to be aware of the fact that local markets may be significantly different than what you’re familiar with at home. When I visited Spain, I was surprised that peanut butter was nowhere to be found. They also left milk and eggs unrefrigerated, which freaked me out at first! I was pleasantly surprised at the number of accessible markets that sold fresh local produce, homemade cheeses, and handmade pasta. Every time I ate out, almost everything I had was not what I expected when I ordered it. Hamburgers tasted different, there was fish I had never heard of, and they used a ton of olive oil and a variety of seasonings. I certainly did not like everything I tried, but I’m happy I branched out and experienced dishes special to the country.
    Varying food preferences are part of the culture. You may encounter unfamiliar cuisine and you may find it difficult to adjust at first. Immerse yourself in the culture and let your taste buds experience something new.

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Roommate Drama? Set Rules!

23 Feb

Living with someone can be extremely difficult. Everyone’s personality is different, and oftentimes, people are used to the way their childhood homes were run. Personally, I never wanted to live in the dorms; I shared a room with my two sisters all of my life; I wanted space to myself. Although I don’t have to share my bathroom or my bedroom (Yay for Vero!), I do have to share the living room, kitchen, and laundry room. This, too, can cause serious issues!

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We didn’t want it to get to this point! We agreed to have weekly meetings where we would discuss issues that were going on around the house, as well as a set time we would spend together to not drift apart!

The Living Room

At first, the living room was the perfect place for all of us to have some time to spend together. We would watch our novelas, have study nights, and our monthly movie-thon. When you first live with you roommates nothing seems to go wrong, mainly because you just moved out of your parents’ house.

At first its a lot like this!

At first its a lot like this! Don’t forget the sharing clothes! (:

But eventually, everyone started leaving their things scattered around, and the living room became a huge mess.

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My living room is clean now, but this is often what you would find coming into my apartment!

Initiating regular roommate meetings made it easier for us to talk about the things that were bothering us without feeling like anyone was going to get mad, or that we were stepping on anyone’s toes. It also made us realize that a lot of us had the same concerns and made it easier to fix them.

The Kitchen

This is probably the one thing that we still struggle on. Sometimes, when you cook, you just want to eat and forget that you got so many dishes dirty!

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Welcome to Casa de la Vero and the dirty dishes that house there!

At least that’s the case with me, but having a clean kitchen is something that is extremely important to all of us. One of the rules that we made was if you dirty the dishes, you have two days to clean them! This way it gives you time to be lazy, but also you have to get it done before anything gets too nasty. So far, this system seems to be working fine. Because we all know there is a chef inside all of us…

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Where the struggle really starts is when two of us are trying to cook at the same time. There is only so much counter space and so many burners we can use. There is really no fixing this because it’s not like we can say, you can’t cook tonight. We try to be as patient as we can, although sometimes we could be a little more patient.

The Laundry Room

This is the one thing that really was the easiest to fix! There are four roommates. We each have an assigned day of the week that we get to do our laundry. This helps facilitate two people wanting to wash at the same time, as well as people having to take another roommates’ stuff out of either the washer or the dryer. It has been the least controversial of the three.

Things can get even more complicated when you are sharing a home, but setting simple rules that everyone can agree on makes everything so much easier. Knowing that you can stop any drama before it starts, and have an environment that you want to go to at the end of the day, is something that is important for everyone’s health. Don’t overcomplicate things and wait until you are ready to explode. Talk to your roommate before things get any worse! You can even make this a challenge for yourself through our #FearlessFebruary challenge.