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… Wait… What?!

5 Dec

Freshman year. I don’t know what expectations I had when I came to the University of Arizona, although, I knew I was excited and SOOOO nervous. Obviously, I knew that everyone that came here would be studying different subjects. I assume it crossed my mind that everyone would have different experiences, but it wasn’t until I was in the midst of my freshman year that I realized that my experience here would be NOTHING like anyone else. It looked like mine would be a long, rough journey while some people would have a cake walk. 

amy dancing

My journey is like Amy’s dance moves, a little rough, but fun! Meanwhile, others….

queen b

are rockin’ it.


Anyway… This was made extremely clear to me from the get go. A few weeks into the semester, I found out that I was in a class that was tailored to sophomore science majors, where I (a first semester freshman) was taking it just to test out the waters. On top of that, I found out that the specific class I was in was an “experimental” class, which essentially meant we were learning nothing the other students were learning, so when lab came around, I had no idea what was going on. Ever.

bale confused

I am SURE this was my face in every lab.

And if I didn’t already understand that my work load was large, my math class was there to reinforce that. Out of everyone I became friends with my freshman year, I was in the highest level math class and I was NOT prepared for the material or the pace. It was one of the toughest parts of my first semester.

But what really put this all into perspective was my homework. I had crazy math homework every night and a 4 hour lab once a week for my science class. I spent countless hours every night working on assignments. All of my friends would be going to get dinner and I would be stuck in my dorm doing homework for hours. 

In fact, I had so many assignments that I need to use post it notes to keep myself organized. I had 15-20 post it notes with assignments for a single week. At the end of each week I would make new post it notes for the following week. I was drowning in post its.

Post it note cat

The cat representation of me running away from homework…

The biggest realization I had freshman year was that even though we are all sharing this experience, it will be unique to every individual. That is the magic of college, we all come here from different backgrounds with different interests that lead us to different paths. The workload for a BFA theatre student is polar opposite from a mechanical engineering student, both have their challenges and rewards. 

 This experience is different for everyone, it is amazing and challenging. Enjoy your time here. Again, not everyone will have the same experience or work load as you. 


The Magic of 10.

20 Jul

As students, and human beings in general, time is of essence. The idea of “free” time seems illusionary and unattainable, but perhaps it is the manner in which we perceive free time that constrains us to believe it nonexistent. What I mean to say is that perhaps when we think of free time we think it to be an expansive amount of time like an hour or more. What if you had 10 minutes at this very moment free of responsibility and restrictions? What can you possibly do in 10 minutes?

In my busy schedule, 10 minutes can allow me to do a numerous amount of activities. Here are my top 10.

1. Eat.

Sometimes 10 minutes will be as much time as you will get to grab lunch or a snack in between classes, work, or any other commitments. Take advantage of it!


2. Work out.

Feeling in need of an energy boost or perhaps a release of stress? 10 minutes can be more than enough time to get your heart racing and blood pumping with 10-minute workouts. If they are high intensity workouts, they can serve to burn a good amount of calories.

3. Make a to-do list.

Ten minutes can help you organize yourself for the remainder of the day or the week even. Create a to-do list of what needs to get done, what deadlines are coming up, and what other commitments you have to keep front and center. You will be surprised at how much organization can flourish from just 10 minutes.


 4. Meditate.

Take time to find some peace if that is what your heart desires. Ten minutes of yoga, breathing exercises, sitting under a tree, or whatever relaxes you can have an immense impact on your mood and the rest of your day. Find peace and concentration in ten minutes by doing what you love.



5. Play games.

Allow your inner child to come out! Find a game to play in 10 minutes. Whether it is solitaire or a friendly game of tic-tac-toe, 10 minutes can be enough to get your creative, competitive juices flowing. Go solo or share the game with a friend! Just do not get too competitive.



6. Tune into the news.

Hop on the news train and submerge yourself with the latest news. Nowadays, a newspaper, the internet, the tv, or even your phone will allow you to read/listen to the news. Just 10 minutes can be enough to update you on all that is going on in the world.


7. “Me” time.

Yes, most of these activities are already about “me” time, but this bullet really emphasizes the idea of doing something that you really love. For example, dance your heart out to those embarrassing songs you are too afraid to admit you like or go on a photography adventure. Whatever it is, do it!


8. Reach out.

This can be a great time to write a letter to an old friend that you have not talked to in a while or perhaps an email or Facebook message. Ten minutes is all it takes to make somebody’s day a little better.


9. Study.

You might be thinking to yourself that studying in 10 minutes might not be the best strategy. Well, if you are trying to study a semester’s worth most likely 10 minutes is not enough, but if you are trying to gradually learn something then this is the perfect time. Ten minutes is a good time to learn new vocabulary words in another language or memorize those calculus equations.


10. Write.

Express yourself freely. Write a blog, a journal entry, a poem, a story, anything that will liberate your mind. Ten minutes can be a great chance to create something unique and express yourself to the best of your ability.


       Some of these ideas might seem unworthy of your time. Perhaps you think them to be wasting time, but remember:

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time” -Bertrand Russell


Happy ten minutes (:


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