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What’s One More Language?

8 Jul

To the eyes of a child, summer is the epitome of freedom. There’s no school or homework, they can sleep in and not have a care in the world. Unfortunately, the older a person gets,the more they wish they would’ve done during those long glorious summers. I am not going to sit here and say that I have utilized my summer to the max and not wasted a single minute, because let’s face it, I have spent a good amount of time vegging out in front of my T.V., but I have also begun something I vowed to do three years ago: I am teaching myself German!

Some might ask why I don’t just take German as my second language in school, but as it stands I am already taking both Greek and Latin and adding anything else onto that would be too much (trust me, I tried it).

Why German you ask? Originally it was because I really liked the way it sounds. I also figured it might be easier to learn since English is based off of it, I was wrong in this aspect. It did not hurt that I was informed I would have to learn it in grad school, and so learning it now would provide me with a leg up!

Actually learning the language was interesting. I found a surprising amount of similarities between it and Greek and Latin, this was a relief since I know those languages. As with all languages, the hard part was the vocabulary. I am an audio learner, and so not having an instructor was hard. This was more of a problem because unlike my other two languages, this one is not dead! While I feel like I am starting to understand the language, there is quite a bit more I need to do before I am proficient, none the less, I am proud of the progress I have made and I think I will keep casually learning the language!

Auf Wiedersehen zur Zeit! (Goodbye for now!)


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


Chrissy’s Summer Reading List

10 Jun

Summertime,  the most relaxing word a college student can hear, say, or think. Summertime opens up a plethora of opportunities that are not available during the school year: sleeping until 1pm, going on random road trips, and of course reading fun books. I don’t know about y’all, but I find that during the school year I am way too busy reading the various assigned readings to  actually get any fun reading done! So, I made a list during the school year of all the books I would like to read during them summer and I am now steadily working my way through them! Here are my top 10 books that I would like to have read by the end of the summer. I included short summaries of the books that I found on the publishers’ websites.

Please note that most of these contain adult themes and violence. Please read at your own discretion. 

10. Ella Enchanted: Gail Carson Levine

How can a fairy’s blessing be such a curse?

At her birth, Ella of Frell was given a foolish fairy’s gift—the “gift” of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it’s hopping on one foot for a day or chopping off her own head!

But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. She goes on a quest, encountering ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and handsome princes, determined to break the curse—and live happily ever after.

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9. Dracula: Bram Stoker

During a business visit to Count Dracula’s castle in Transylvania, a young English solicitor finds himself at the center of a series of horrifying incidents. Jonathan Harker is attacked by three phantom women, observes the Count’s transformation from human to bat form, and discovers puncture wounds on his own neck that seem to have been made by teeth. Harker returns home upon his escape from Dracula’s grim fortress, but a friend’s strange malady — involving sleepwalking, inexplicable blood loss, and mysterious throat wounds — initiates a frantic vampire hunt. The popularity of Bram Stoker’s 1897 horror romance is as deathless as any vampire.  Its supernatural appeal has spawned a host of film and stage adaptations, and more than a century after its initial publication, it continues to hold readers spellbound.


8. The Blood of Flowers: Anita Amirrezvani

Both a sweeping love story and a luminous portrait of a city, The Blood of Flowers is the mesmerizing historical novel of an ill-fated young woman whose gift as a rug designer transforms her life. Illuminated with glorious detail of Persian rug-making, and brilliantly bringing to life the sights sounds and life of 17th-century Isfahan, The Blood of Flowers has captured readers’ imaginations everywhere as a timeless tale of one woman’s struggle to live a life of her choosing.

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7. The Iliad: Homer

Dating to the ninth century B.C., Homer’s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb introduction that although the violence of the Iliad is grim and relentless, it coexists with both images of civilized life and a poignant yearning for peace

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6. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep: Philip K. Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was published in 1968. Grim and foreboding, even today it is a masterpiece ahead of its time.
By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn’t afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . They even built humans.
Emigrées to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn’t want to be identified, they just blended in.
Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results.

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5. 13 Reasons Why: Jay Asher

You can’t stop the future. 
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

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4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.


3. Brave New World: Aldous Huxley

The astonishing novel Brave New World, originally published in 1932, presents Aldous Huxley’s vision of the future- of a world utterly transformed. Through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, people are genetically designed to be passive and therefore consistently useful to the ruling class. This powerful work of speculative fiction sheds a blazing critical light on the present and is considered to be Huxley’s most enduring masterpieces.


2. The Other Boleyn Girl: Philipa Gregory

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of the handsome and charming Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane, and soon she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. With her own destiny suddenly unknown, Mary realizes that she must defy her family and take fate into her own hands.

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1. Poison Study: Maria V. Snyder

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace- and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dusté and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear—.

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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!


Apple Moons

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


Chicken and Waffles 

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


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.


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

Vacation vs. Staycation

12 May

Every summer I am met with the same struggle, should I spend a ton of money going on a vacation and having fun with my friends, or should I stay at home and work. Let’s be honest, usually I stay home. Not only do I not have the money to go on vacations, but vacations, at least mine, tend to be more trouble than they are worth.

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It doesn’t matter who I go with, whether family or friends, there is always so much drama that I would not have had to deal with if I had stayed home! I don’t know what it is about vacations, but they tend to bring out the worst in people. This year though, I have decided to brave the dreaded vacation, but only for a weekend. I am going to go to California for 3 days with a few friends, and hopefully it won’t be a huge mistake.

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Usually though, I have a staycation. For those of you who do not know, a staycation is a vacation you take without going anywhere. I tend to be a bit more strict with my staycations than most, I don’t allow myself to use social media, I do not watch T.V. shows that are currently on; instead I re-watch classic movies, I get caught up on books, and I sleep and sleep and sleep. Now, my staycation only lasts about a week because I take summer courses and work, but for that one glorious week I have no worries and no one can bother me. I am not trying to say that you have to do your staycation the same way I do, that’s the beauty of the staycation, it differs for every individual!

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The rest of my summer is usually spent working and taking classes which for some is not relaxing, but having the same routine I have during the school year is quite nice for me. I tend to take online classes so I can do my homework by the pool or while watching A League of their Own for the thousandth time, and work tends to be a bit more relaxed in the summer, so in the end I do have a nice relaxing summer.

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Now, whether you choose to vacation with family or stay at home and relax there, just make sure you do relax a little bit this summer. Students really do need the time to reenergize themselves.

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What Time Is it? Summer Time!

6 May

Dear reader,

With summer just around the corner, it’s hard to be productive when all we want to do is sleep past noon and binge watch shows on Netflix. images (3)

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However, by the end of this blog you’ll understand why staying busy and productive during the summer is important.

1.Do things you normally don’t have time to do during the school year.

For example, during the summer I like to catch up on reading because (let’s be honest) nobody has time for that during the semester. download (2)

2.Apply for an internship

A friend applied for a paid summer internship where he was able to gain some experience all while making some extra cash.giphy (1).gif


I volunteered last summer for the Nursing College lab coordinator and I absolutely loved it! I was able to network and meet new people all while being of service to others. tumblr_inline_nzuoew18vL1sbotm6_500

Don’t get me wrong, I know that everyone needs a break to relax and re-charge their batteries but staying productive during the summer is crucial in the long run. Future employers will appreciate that you decided to stay busy during the summer rather than have an ongoing relationship with Netflix.

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‘Til next time,


#MightyMay: A Summer in Tucson

6 May

The end of the semester, the end of the academic year is upon us people! How am I celebrating the end of the semester? With. More. School.


Yes, I know… when will I have time for a break?! I will be taking a course during presession that will go towards my Spanish minor. In all honesty, I am looking forward to the course’s curriculum simply because it will help keep my Spanish speaking skills on point! Although at this point the only thing I want to do is nap and cuddle with my favorite blanket, one more course wouldn’t hurt? Right?

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This is where the whole “think positive” concept comes in. My fear is whether or not I will pass the class but will I even have the enough bit of motivation left in me to go through another course right after completing spring semester? Then I think,

“Maddie, it’s only 3 weeks chill out!” At least that’s what I have been telling myself for the past week.

I do however have a month long break until I take another course! While we all dream of extravagant vacations and “the best summer of our lives” there are times where you just have to take care of business. And if that means taking two courses of the summer, then so be it. We all have to do it at some point in our lives plus I always have to be busy, keeps me entertained.

By now you’re probably thinking my summer is going to suck but don’t be fooled I have a few ideas of fun up my sleeve. For starters, I plan on heading to San Diego with my best pals and just relax the days away. It’s not too far, and not too close. Plus a nice tan wouldn’t hurt either! There’s nothing like a cool breeze and the feeling of warm sand between your toes.


Last but certainly not least, I recently acquired an internship position here at the university’s McKale Center! It’s been a goal of mine to have the opportunity to work with Arizona athletics in some shape or form. Luckily, there are some summer openings available and you already know I like staying busy!

I have high hopes for this summer. I plan on completing those last few courses and getting back to my normal fitness routine (maybe amping it up a bit). Most importantly, I am looking forward to another summer to take the time and reflect on the previous year. I still cannot believe I completed my second year of college! Boy does time fly.

So, if you are staying in good ol’ Tucson this summer, don’t get discouraged. Reflect, unwind, and use the time to strengthen yourself up for another memorable year at the U of A!

All best,


#MightyMay: Toasting in Style

4 May

I decided to end my hectic sophomore year in style! I planned on ringing in the summer months by gettin’ fancy and sharing a meal with friends. We won’t be seeing each other over the long summer break, so it was a great opportunity to get together one last time before then.  Seeing as final exams and projects have got us all drained, it was good to take our noses out the books for a night.

As the planner of the event, I decided that we were going to gather at an upscale pan-Asian restaurant. None of my friends had been there before, but everyone was delighted and satisfied after their meals. We made a grand toast to say farewell to the semester, and we mingled at the table for a few hours. After sharing many laughs and life updates, we parted ways for the evening. I couldn’t think of a better way to end the school year!




Keeping You Connected to Summer

16 Apr

Keeping You Connected to Summer

Are you ready for summer? It is just around the corner! Check out the latest edition of Wildcat Connections and see if you have all your bases covered.

10 Ways to Stay Productive Over Summer

17 Apr

Summer is one of the few times that college students have more free time, and that’s a great opportunity to get stuff done that we normally couldn’t. I, for one, spent a highly productive summer catching up on every single episode of Doctor Who.


But there are other, even more productive ways to spend a summer. You should definitely take time to relax, but we all know it won’t be long before you start to feel a little bit of boredom creeping in. Here are a few alternatives:

1. Purge Your Stuff

Those notes from last semester’s Gen Ed class? You probably don’t need them anymore, but if you’re like me you still have them sitting around somewhere (full disclosure: I recently threw out the entirety of my chronologically-organized World History notes from sophomore year…of high school). College is often a time when your interests and tastes are changing, and there’s nothing wrong with starting fresh. Plus, giving your space some more, well, space can be a good way to start off a new year right.

2. Start  Some New Habits

Okay, so maybe you’ve been saying since January that you’re going to eat healthier, exercise every day, and stop drinking soda, but your schedule has just been too busy. If there was ever a time to try a new lifestyle, summer is it. Work on changing the things in your life you’ve been meaning to for months. I’ve recently started doing yoga with a friend, and am enjoying it despite the moments when the instructor shows us a move and we just laugh instead.

3. Do Something Creative

If you’re the type of person who loves a little DIY or just likes to get some creativity out, the school year can be challenging. Summertime is a great opportunity to do some of those projects you’ve been putting off or to find some new ways to let out your creativity. Check out this project idea for a visual journal.

4. Go Someplace New

Not everyone has the money to go on vacation every summer, but that shouldn’t stop you from exploring new places. You’d be amazed at the number of things there are to do in your own city that you’ve never seen before. Go to a new museum, try that hole-in-the-wall restaurant you drive by every day, visit a park you’ve never been to before, or explore some new shops. There are plenty of things to explore around Tucson that are free or low-cost. The Gaslight Theatre, Trail Dust Town, The Valley of the Moon, and spending a morning exploring the shops on 4th Avenue are some of my favorite lesser-known Tucson haunts.

5. Take a Class


Hey, don’t give me that face. I’m not talking about your regular old for-credit classes, I’m talking about classes for a little bit of fun. No matter where you’re going home to, it’s likely there are some low-cost classes you can take for everything from pottery to social media. If there’s a new skill you’ve been wanting to learn that doesn’t fit into your academic plan, take this opportunity to do it! If you’re in Tucson over the summer, the Pima County Library offers all kinds of classes, panels, and events.

6. Spruce Up Your Profiles
Okay, what did you post at 3 am during that all-nighter? This is a great time to really look at your social media profiles and work on improving your webutation. You don’t have to limit yourself to just cleaning up though — look into how you can make your profiles better, too! Mashable offers the latest news and tips for becoming a social media pro.

7. Volunteer
Volunteering is a great way to not only get some valuable experience, but to give back to your community. Summer can be a time when organizations lose student volunteers, so there may be some holes that need filling. If you’ll be in Tucson over the summer, the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona can help you find a place that needs some help.

8. Get Ahead

Okay, now you can give me that face. But look at it this way, summer classes can be a great way to lighten your work load during the year, which can help you stay more balanced. You can find information about University of Arizona summer classes here, or check with your advisor about how you might be able to transfer classes from a local community college.

9. Get a Job
Money’s always good, and so is work experience. Check out Lauren’s blog on how to go about getting a summer job.

10. Get Ready for Fall

Cleaned those scraps of paper out of your backpack? Check. Organized binder? Check. Bought some more paper so you won’t be that kid in class? Check. Before summer is over, get yourself organized for Fall so that your semester can be as successful as possible.

What are your favorite things to do during summer? Let us know below!