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The Gen Ed that Won Our Hearts

13 Nov

It was 5:45 AM as I turned off my alarm clock and greeted registration day with bleary eyes. I had been waking up at 4 AM to do my homework all semester, but this particular day, I had a case of the dreaded Mondays. My laptop had died at my bedside during the night, my roommate had taken the last Frappuccino and my favorite sweater was nowhere to be found. Things weren’t going my way, but I accepted my fate, plugged in my laptop and logged on to UAccess.

The wifi was crawling along like molasses, leaving me with nothing to see but a bright white page that made my eyes water. Refreshing the page, I looked over the handwritten list of classes my advisor had given me, my academic security blanket. The classes had been in my shopping cart for weeks, but my advisor warned me to be prepared for anything.

Sure enough, my student center looked like text-salad nightmare and the wifi crashed completely. By the time I logged in again 20 minutes later, a disheveled heap of stress at the café, all of my classes were full. Admittedly, I freaked right out.

If you find yourself in these shoes, it may seem like your academic sky is falling, but don’t panic! Make the schedule you can make with the course options you have left and talk to your academic advisor about it. There are still a few ways to get you on track and into the schedule you hoped for:

1. Get on the wait list, when available

Two of my classes gave me the option of being put on the waiting list. This may seem like a bleak land of limbo, but it’s not. So many students change, swap and drop their classes before registration ends. With the wait list, you’re already in line to take those spaces as they open.

2. Check on the class religiously

If there’s no wait list, keep checking on the class and accomplish the same thing manually. Keep your fingers crossed for the green circle to take the place of the angry blue square next to your class in the class search. As long as registration is still open, there’s still hope for an open seat.

3. Beg your way in

Showing up to your desired class on the first day with a Change of Schedule form is not a bad idea. Some classes are more rigorous than others about attendance, so you may even get lucky on your first day. In one class I wanted, anyone who didn’t show up for the first day was dropped from the roster so the wait-listed students could take their places.

4. Talk to your academic advisor

At the U of A, your advisors are the music makers and dreamers of dreams. They know what’s possible and they can help you see the glimmer of hope in any academic disaster. Ask them for ideas if you get stuck. They’ve seen degrees completed in the most unconventional of ways and can always help you navigate your obstacles to gain that academic success you so deserve.

My registration nightmare ended with a less-than-perfect schedule, but it resulted in the best set of classes I could have hoped for. It threw me off my 4-year plan a little bit, but overall, I still got all of my requirements knocked out without any extra semesters added onto my academic career.

If you find yourself in this position, keep calm, bear down and hang in there! That which doesn’t bend can break under pressure, so take it as an exercise in adaptability, jump the hurdles that are thrown at you and keep on keepin’ on. The commitment you’ve made to your education is a commitment to yourself, and that makes it worth the struggle. Use the resources all around you and don’t be discouraged. You may be forced to take a gen ed at an awkward time, it might shift a prerequisite over to a different semester, but overall, you’ve got this!

-Amanda

 

“Going Off Script” with Your Education

25 Apr

If I’m remembering my freshman orientation correctly, we were all given pre-generated course schedules, quickly introduced to UAccess, and then told to change our schedule around however we like. Well, at first, that’s great! So much power! It’s our first real opportunity to make our own decisions and finally have some say in how we spend our academic lives. All good things for sure. However, if I am in fact remembering orientation correctly, I was also very confused, definitely on the brink of heat exhaustion, and so overloaded with information that I didn’t even know how to start. I think I ended up halfheartedly scrolling through some courses, swapping one gen-ed out for another, and then calling it a day. The result? A huge block of core classes with some pretty random gen-eds sprinkled in (at very inconvenient times of the day, might I add). It is only when you realize you have six straight hours of pre-calculus, English, and chemistry (don’t forget the lab!), that you realize you probably should have rearranged a few things for the sake of your sanity.

Making your perfect schedule is easy, said no freshman ever. It’s true. Priority registration can be a frustrating time. Maybe all the courses that you so carefully selected end up being closed by the time you register. Or maybe the only section available is at 8:00am and you don’t really enjoy taking economics with your morning coffee. Such are the qualms of a first year Wildcat. The good news? As you move up in the “registration food chain,” the more options and flexibility you will have with your schedule. Your job is to make sure you take advantage of it!

By now you have had a couple rounds of registration completely on your own. No pre-made schedule. Just you, UAccess, and your ability to strategize how much time you will need to get from Harvill to Modern Languages in time for your next class. Crafting the perfect schedule is an art form, really. But carefully selecting your classes isn’t all about convenience. It’s an opportunity to personalize your education!

There are 4 key components to individualizing your college career:

1. Shop Around.

Take some time to get to know UAccess. If your skills are only at “basic survival” so far, now is the time to familiarize yourself with all the different features of your main registration tool. Once you know all the different ways to filter your search, you can hone it to your specific interests, degree requirements, and preferred time frames.

Make sure to use your other main resource: YOUR PEERS. Your ears should be perking up every time you hear that someone is enjoying a class. Ask them about it! Why do they like about it? What’s the study load like? How’s the instructor’s teaching style? If all their answers sound good to you (and you trust the person’s judgement), why not try it out yourself?

For the most part, I only knew my most interesting classes existed because of word of mouth. We can easily get limited by our declared major when it comes to searching for classes, so it’s a great idea to ask people outside your college (especially upperclassmen). The good classes tend to fill up quick, so start asking around…

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2. Know Yourself..

Know when you are most likely to be alert, productive, and motivatedThen make sure to apply that to your schedule! I know. I know. Again, easier said than done. Sometimes there is just no getting around an inconvenient schedule, but being mindful of your personal (and biological needs–you know, food, water, sleep) is a big step in taking an active part in your life, rather than remaining bound to your academic demands alone.

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Another thing to keep in mind is that while creating a well-timed schedule is important, do not fall victim to convenience either! If you have been eyeing a really cool sounding course for a couple semesters now, (but it’s always at four in the afternoon), don’t miss out on it just because it’s at a less than ideal time! Balance isn’t about equality in every area of your life. It’s about weighing the costs and benefits, and carrying out your priorities accordingly.

3. Go Off Script.

Tools like Degree Search and Smart Planner are great for creating your four-year plan as they offer a general overview of your coursework and degree requirements. However, much like that schedule you were handed at your orientation, these are only suggested plans. You can look at them kind of like degree templates. The structure and relative timeline of your core classes (i.e. the required courses for your degree) are included, but when it comes to upper division credits, electives, and which semesters you take them, that’s pretty much up to you!

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4. Get Creative

Did you know that you can invent your own minor? Not every degree requires a declared minor, but if that’s the case, it doesn’t have to be a chore! It can actually be a great chance to take classes outside your major and be a little crafty with your education. These are called Thematic Minors.

The process for declaring a thematic minor is fairly simple. All you have to do is create a proposal that outlines courses from two or more subject areas and how they apply to a common theme. This is then approved by your advisor or college.  For instance, I was able to blend my nursing prerequisite courses with the coursework I had already completed for a linguistic minor. The result? I declared a thematic minor in biolinguistics. Fancy, huh? It’s a pretty cool way to take classes that seemingly are “just for fun,” and also get credit for them!

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The beauty of degree-seeking is that as long as you complete your degree requirements, the rest is up to you! You can explore other fields of study, gain experience through an internship, or even take up a fitness class. Take every opportunity to put yourself into your eduction and add in aspects to your education that are going to motivate and excite you.  That way, when you look at your four year plan, it’s not “I have to take another Tier II INDV,” it’s “I get to take a class on Werewolves and Vampires!”

 

–Franny

Major Change Reporting for Duty!

23 Apr

Whether you came into college with a major picked out already, or thought you’d find one along the way, choosing a major and sticking to it is a huge anxiety for many students. Worse, after you choose a major, you may decide it’s not right for you. What do you do then?

Well, for too many students, step one means freaking out and talking yourself out of it. I mean, you’ve already put in so much work! How can you possibly throw all that away even if you hate your major classes and dread going? I’ll tell you how. Take a deep breath, follow your heart, and take the leap!

See, here was my strange journey. My freshman year, I started out with a history major and an adolescence, community, and education (ACE) minor. Then, my sophomore year, I added an English major. Second semester, I dropped my ACE minor. Junior year, I dropped my history major down to a minor, and added my ACE minor back. Only to drop that poor ACE minor once again. It was a bit of a juggling act, but all accomplished with absolutely zero waste! In just a few weeks, I’ll be graduating with an English major and history minor, on time and with just the right amount of classes to graduate.

That’s the trick to changing your major – look at your requirements and see what carries over. Best of all, there’s a handy tool called the What-If Report to do all that thinkin’ for you!

Introducing the What-If Report!

Introducing the What-If Report!

While your major change may not be as clean as mine, don’t let a few unnecessary classes that you took keep you from pursuing the major you want! Seriously, if you think throwing away an entire semester of classes is bad, think about how much worse staying in your unwanted major is. You spend four years and who knows how much money pursuing a degree for a career you don’t even want any more.

So, would you rather spend a bit of extra time in school because you changed your major, or spend your whole life in a job that makes you miserable?! Okay, so that last part may seem a bit dramatic, and maybe it is. But it’s not far off – that could happen. And changing your major and having a ton of classes become useless is a worst-case scenario. Chances are that your transition into a new field of study could be easy as pie!

-Tori

 

Studying on the Wild Side: A Day in the Life of a Conservation Biology Major

16 Apr

We all meet people throughout college that are studying different things. If you’re like me in any way, you might ask yourself a few questions. What classes do they take? You go on field trips?! They have those in college? Do you do research? What does a typical day look like? The list of questions goes on and on. Fortunately, I am here to answer some of those questions for one of my majors: Conservation Biology.

First off, the full title of the major is, Renewable Natural Resources- Conservation Biology, but that is far too long to say and most of the time i lose people at the second word, so Conservation Biology it is. A typical day for an RNR major as they are nicknamed goes a little something like this…

Go to class. As a RNR major you are required to take classes like Conservation Biology, Genetics, Measurements and Mammalogy.. Yes, I said Mammalogy. You might be asking what the heck is that class? In short the study of mammals, but in long, a semester’s work of dedication to memorizing, recalling and sight identification of 150 animals native to Arizona and the wester United States. Now, this might make it seem like there is a lot of library time memorizing, but that is far from the truth. Here is was the class looks like:

We did a lot of research outside in areas throughout Arizona. We saw some pretty awesome locations and views.

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A major in conservation biology doesn’t require that you conduct or participate in research, but there are ample opportunities to do so throughout the college. I participated in a joint study between U of A and Arizona Game and Fish Department where we studied the wildlife-urban interface in Chandler, AZ. It was an awesome way to get “field” experience and it looks great on a resume!

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Part of the being a RNR major means that at some point in time you will have to work with wildlife. By work, I mean hands on work. As groups we would catch and analyze small mammals like the one below. Isn’t he cute!

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You spend a lot of time with the people in your major and many times they become some of your closest friends. A campfire always helps the bonding also.

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Sometimes, you get dared to do some silly things and have to eat a grasshopper… The key is not opening your mouth after you put it in.

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We survived, and it didn’t actually taste too bad. I earned some bonus points with the professor that day though.

The major isn’t always outdoors, camping and eating weird bugs though. There are different tracks that you can follow. My focus was on policy and law which allowed me the opportunity to participate in an internship for the Arizona State Senate.

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I was of the only student who wasn’t a political science major (nothing against Poli Sci), but this was an advantage. I had experienced or followed many of the laws that guide agencies such as the Arizona Game and Fish Department when doing research and field work, so I had a unique perspective that proved beneficial.

Overall, my major may not be typical, but it has sure been a blast. Despite the memorizing. I encourage you to ask your friends what a typical day looks like in their major or to take an elective class that counts towards your graduation, but is outside of what you would typically study. You never know what will interest you!

Ring Ring! Your Future’s on the Line!

4 Apr

These days, it seems like everything is going digital. Interviews are the same (at least that’s what Franny and Tori have experienced). They’ve put together their top tech tips to help you click with your interviewers, even if you’re half way across the world! Whether you’re in front of a screen or have the phone to your ear, seizing these opportunities take strategy! See what Franny has to say about video-conferences while Tori shares her experience with phone interviews:

1. Set the stage. Find a quiet space with minimal distractions.

  • Franny: when you’re viewing somebody through a screen (or they’re viewing you), you don’t want them to be distracted by the “hang in there, baby” kitten poster floating by your head or have them reading your bookshelf. Pick a fairly bare, private room where you can speak at a comfortable volume. Also, if you’re taking the call at home or in a place with other people, let them know not to disturb you during that time (and lock the door!). (Tip: you can reserve study rooms at the UA library for up to 2 hours!)

It also goes the other way, too! You don’t want to be distracted by things around you, or worse, internet tabs you have open. Don’t have anything unnecessary open on your computer, especially something that may make noise like Facebook (ding! Whatserface poked you, and now you only have 0.5% chance of getting that job you were interviewing for!).

  • Tori: This goes double for phone interviews. Even though your interviewer can’t see you, you need to focus all of your energy into making sure you’re listening carefully. For some reason, it’s much more difficult to understand questions over the phone. Maybe because you can’t see the person’s mouth going along with the words they’re speaking… I don’t know. I’m not a scientist. So, pick a nice quiet place where you won’t get distracted.

2. Troubleshoot all technology beforehand!

  • Franny: Make sure you understand the technology you will be using before the big day! Whether it’s Skype, FaceTime, or Google Hangouts, do a trial run with a friend to make sure the tech-status on your end is good to go. For instance, every time I sign into Skype, the settings automatically default to “external microphone” rather than my laptop’s own mic-system. This means people can’t hear me until I change the settings! Make sure you work out those kinds of glitches beforehand so you don’t have any surprises during show time!

Also, be prepared if something does go wrong! I have had the internet go out as I was answering a question and didn’t realize they were completely frozen (and disconnected) until I was finished. It’s a bit disorienting when your tech fails, but just remember to stay calm! Being able to continue from where you left off shows you can handle pressure, react in crisis-mode, and move on.

  • Tori: Avoid the awkward “can you hear me now?” conversation with phone interviews. It’s best to use a landline so you know you won’t get disconnected, but I think landlines are becoming a bit like mythical unicorns (meaning they don’t exist…). Personally, I only have a cell phone, and that’s what I used for my interview. It works fine if you don’t have another option, but make sure you’re in a place with full coverage so you won’t drop the call.

3. Know who is interviewing you.

  • Franny: This one is just a good rule for any interview, but something about not meeting your interviewers in person makes it more difficult to remember their names! If you have multiple interviewers, things get even trickier. Sometimes they might be physically sharing the screen (by cramming together in the camera view) or they will be sharing screens digitally (which means alternating screens popping up when different people talk). To tame the chaos, try to get their names before the interview, and make sure to write down their names when they introduce themselves. This makes following up with them easier, sending thank you notes more personable, and making second interviews go much smoother!
  • Tori: I think Franny said it all! I had a phone interview where four people were on the other end, and as they introduced themselves, I jotted down names so I could find them easily when I was finished. Phone interviews can be a bit more difficult because, if you have more than one interviewer, you need to go based off of the sound of their voices and can’t match a face to that sound. So, when you go to write that awesome personalized thank you and want to say, “So-and-so, I really enjoyed our conversation about _____,” it may be a bit more difficult to parse out who said what. But do try!

4. You’re never fully dressed without a smile!

  • Franny: This one seems a little obvious, but hey, the face does weird things when you’re nervous. Even though it can be extra nerve-wracking when you are in front of a camera, try your best to relax and be yourself. This means smiling, blinking like a normal human, and making sure your body language isn’t distracting. Also, video conferences have their own kind of distractor–YOU! Try not to look at yourself on the screen, but rather the camera on your computer. This is like the digital-version of good eye contact. (Of course, it’s not your fault that your so attractive it’s distracting,  but do your best to resist!)
  • Tori: Why do you need to smile when you’re on the phone? They can’t see you! Well, that may be true but you can hear when someone smiles. Try it! Introduce yourself without a smile, then say the exact same thing with a smile on your face. It sounds different! That smile comes through on the phone, so even if you look like a weirdo sitting in a room on the phone, by yourself, smiling to yourself, do it.

5. …you’re also never fully dressed without pants.

  • Franny: Before my last interview, I was searching Skype-interview tips (yeah, whatever, I’m a nerdy over-preparer) and I came across this gem: “Even if you don’t think you will need them, wear pants.” Maybe this tip is a joke, but really, dress as you would for a normal interview. Yes, they will only see the top half of your body, but you never know when you might have to get up to grab that pen (that you may have thrown across the floor from nervous fidgeting)– leave nothing to chance! Dress appropriately and modestly and you’ll be just fine. (Need some help with that? Check out this Pinterest Board to make sure you’re camera-ready!)
  • Tori: On the phone, it can be even more tempting to skip the pants. Or a shirt. Don’t! Even though there is literally no chance they will ever see you in your undies over the phone (unless you accidentally FaceTime with them…), being fully dressed puts you in a different mindset than when you’re in your pajammies. I would suggest wearing what you would to an in-person interview, but if your immediate reaction to that is “pfft, nope”, at the very least, wear something that you feel confident and powerful in. And take off those earrings! You don’t want to miss a question because they’re clacking against the phone.

6. Have a copy of your resume and a notepad to take notes.

  • Franny: It’s likely they have a copy of your professional documents with them, so make sure you do, too! I don’t think any of us have our resume memorized, so keep it handy for reference if they mention something specific. That being said, use it ONLY for reference! After all, you should know what your experience, skills, and accomplishments are, so don’t let them catch you reading it during the interview. Also, make sure you have reviewed the cover letter or letter of interest that you sent them. We all have different versions of the same letter, so remind yourself which sparkling personality traits and experiences you outlined so that you can better expand on them during the interview!
  • Tori: The notepad is especially important for phone interviews. I need a visual to make sense of anything, so those infamous multi-parter questions are always quite the challenge for me. One benefit to having a phone interview is that I can jot down words to remind me of what I should be answering (in a video or in-person video, eye contact is usually more important so I can’t stop and take notes!). Also jot down things you want to remember to talk about or might have trouble remembering once you get a bit flustered (and everyone gets flustered!).

7. You only got one shot. So prepare, practice, and perform!

  • Franny: Just like with any interview, take some time to prepare and practice! When you’re researching the position you’re interested in, look up the company’s mission statement and try to get a feel for their goals as a whole. Also, look closely at the job description. Which qualities do they emphasize? What kind of employees does it seem like they are looking for? Try to incorporate these little tidbits that you find throughout your interview. It will show that you took the time to look into the job and that you are thoughtful when it comes to joining their team.
  • Tori: When interviewing for graduate assistantships for graduate programs, I looked over at least 50 job descriptions. No joke. Each school had me rank 5-7 of those many, leaving me with quite a few different jobs to interview for (as you may remember…). It was a bit rough to remember all of the details that Franny mentioned above. I was definitely thrown a few curve balls, with positions asking me if I’d had a chance to look over their website and mission statement and to talk about what I saw. I learned the valuable lesson – really know those pieces well. You never know when you’ll be asked about it. The benefit to a phone interview is that you can have those in front of you for reference! Also, practice answering questions over the phone with a friend to make sure you’re not talking too quietly, or yelling in someone’s ear, that you sound put together, and that you sound happy!

8. Shine bright like a diamond!

  • Franny: So you’re sitting alone in that bare, quiet room just waiting for a video chat to pop up on your screen. They said that they would call at 10:00am, thirty seconds have already passed, and all you can hear is your heartbeat in your ears…is that too dramatic? Okay, maybe you don’t get as nervous as I do, but the point is that nerves are going to happen! Remember to breathe, relax, and let your personality shine through! The problem with a Skype-interview is that you are already losing the personable element of shaking someone’s hand and sitting next to them. Your job is to make sure they still get a chance to know you as a person beyond your resume and through the screen. Don’t be afraid to throw in some of your natural humor or maybe a less than flattering story–you’re painting them a picture about yourself, so it might as well have some color!
  • Tori: The “personable element” that Franny refers to is pretty much nil when you have a phone interview. I don’t know the exact figure, but something like 90% of the impressions people have of us is based on body language and facial expressions, not what we say. Over a video, you lose some, but over the phone, you lose a whole lot more. All you really have is your voice, so again be as enthusiastic (smile!) as possible and try to make sure to let yourself shine through your answers.

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–Tori and Franny

 

How Finding Nemo and Nike Got It Right

28 Mar

Finding Nemo and Nike got it right. They just nailed it is you ask me.

“Just keep swimming” and “just do it”

Bottom line to both… Motivation. It is an easy thing to talk about and an even easier thing to think about, but actually finding it can be hard. We are all faced with decisions in life, many of which seem intimidating or difficult. The way we decide to tackle these decisions and move forward is often driven by motivation.

As you navigate your way through the space and time of college, you will be faced (as I am sure you have already been) with challenges that require a whole lot of moxie and just as much motivation.

I am graduating in May. Not May, next year May. May in a month and a half May. I know that I will be going to law school in the near future, but had to make the tough decision to take some time off of school in order to get everything in order. Making that decision was hard, but knowing what was in front of me after the decision was even harder: job searching while maintaining my grades at a level that would still help me when I applied to law school. I knew that the only thing that would help me land a job and stay focused would be motivation… and I mean a whole lot of it.

I began my job search process (at least the serious part) in January 2014. I was overwhelmed. My resume needed an overhaul… understatement of the century and I needed to get my head into the job search game. I have spent the better part of the last three months editing my resume, re editing the essay, ironing my suit, shirts and pants until the lines were so straight my grandmother would be proud and most of all, I spent those months finding ways to stay motivated.

I traveled all over Arizona to interview, Skyped, called and Facetimed in order to not miss out on any opportunity each time wondering if I could make this the job of my dreams (at least temporarily). It was hard to stay motivated. Some days I just wanted to sleep for another one, half hour or ten minutes, but I made myself get up in the promise that if I put in the hard work now, I would be able to sleep sounder and sleep in once my post graduation plans were set.  So, I got up, repeated the cycle of searching, writing cover letters, submitting my resume and answering questions.

I knew that the U of A was having a job fair in early March and that was where I turned my motivation and focus too. I read up on all the companies, all the mission statements and committed myself (and my memory) to information that I could use in the 5-10 minutes that I would have at the event. My motivation to take the one change I would have to make a good first impression.

Did it work? Was my motivation and drive what it needed to be to land a coveted interview? I will be the first to tell you that it worked and I was offered a few interviews and subsequently multiple job offers. I am no longer unemployed post graduation! Yay!

Motivation is not something that you inherit or get by osmosis. It is something inside of you that you train and work with that shapes your dreams and propels you even when you feel like you can’t keep going. There are a lot of people who will quote famous lines about motivation, but I think Nike and the movie Finding Nemo got it right: Just keep swimming and just do it.

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.

Wish I Knew: Time Management

10 Jun

One of the things I struggled with the most when I came to college was definitely Time management.

During my freshmen year of college, I didn’t have many responsibilities outside of school. I didn’t work. I wasn’t in any clubs. I basically came to school for my classes, and then I went home. Let’s just say that that was the time in my life when I was the least productive. Having so much time on my hands, however, resulted in an “I’ll do it later” mentality. This led to…

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Going into my sophomore year, I knew that I had to change some tendencies that I had developed during my first year in college. First, I got a job that didn’t offer a lot of hours; this was okay because I didn’t want to dive into anything that I couldn’t handle. I also joined the Arizona Assurance Scholars Club and Cubs to Wildcats. I was definitely busier, but I still found myself with a substantial amount of free time on may hands.

This led me to believe that I could still handle so much more. During my junior year, my schedule looked something like this:

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My thoughts on this schedule:

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And my thoughts on the schedule were …As you can see, I had a lot of overlapping responsibilities, but, because I hadn’t taken on that much since high school, I thought I could do it. Halfway through the semester, however, my nights consisted of countless hours of homework plus take-home responsibilities from the clubs I was involved in. You may be asking yourself, “What about sleep, Veronica?” Well,

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I obviously had surpassed my limit, and I had to let go of some things that I really enjoyed doing. I took a step back in one of my clubs, and I had to give up my Research Assistant position.

Now, as I am preparing for my senior year, planning the perfect schedule is extremely important for me. I still have multiple responsibilities, but I have found that if it weren’t for all of these extra-curricular activities, I wouldn’t be doing so well in school. In regards to my schedule, I have also learned that it is important to consider how times for classes, clubs, and work may increase or shift during a semester, and I have to leave wiggle room for that.

I know a lot of people don’t like planning for things ahead of time, but it is honestly one of the most rewarding feelings when your schedule works for you. It’s also important to consider that these extra-curricular activities will help us become a more well rounded students which will make us stronger candidates for jobs in the future.

25 Things to Love About the UA

14 Feb

With all the love in the air, we thought it would be a great idea if we brought you 25 Things to Love About the University of Arizona! I surveyed different people in Student Affairs and asked them what they believed to be the best things about the university. Now take into account that everyone’s opinion is different, and this list is in no particular order! Enjoy.

  1. Outreach Facilitators: We are here to help facilitate your first year and make it as memorable as possible!
  2. BETTER THAN ASU: This came from an ex-Sun Devil… no need in saying which school she loved more, she’s still here.
  3. Wilbur and Wilma are married: It’s unique when schools have both a male and female mascot, but the UA upped the ante by marrying our mascots! Wilbur and Wilma Marry
  4. Weather: Let’s face it. Many people come to the U of A to enjoy the fact that it’s 99.9% sunny on campus.
  5. Steward Observatory Mirror Lab: Out lab has the world’s largest astronomical mirror ever made!
  6. Turtle Pond: What other campus has a turtle pond? It’s a great way to distress for a little while! In case you don’t know where the turtle pond is, it is conveniently located on the corner of 2nd Street and Park Avenue. Turtle Pond University of Arizona
  7. Safe Ride: Is fantastic for those late night study sessions. It’s a safe and reliable way to get around campus!
  8. Greek Life: If you haven’t found your niche around campus, you may want to consider a Fraternity or Sorority!
  9. Orange Tree Tunnel: It’s a nice route to get to where you need to be, not to mention that it can also be a romantic spot for you love birds.
  10. Bear Down Fridays: These are an amazing time to show school spirit. Every Friday before a football game, the band and mascots get together to pump us all up with school spirit!
  11. Union Shape: The structure of the Student Union Memorial Center, also known as SUMC, represents the U.S.S. Arizona Battleship.
  12. Zona Zoo: Did you know that we have the biggest student section in the PAC 12 and second biggest in the nation?
  13. Biosphere 2: It’s one of the world’s most unique facilities dedicated to the research and understanding of global scientific issues.
  14. Pride of Arizona: Because of the hard work and dedication of students and staff, the University of Arizona’s band has built a reputation for being one of the finest athletic band of its kind in the country!
  15. Mall: What other campus has a mall? Although it isn’t the mall that we all love going to, it fills our trips from class to class with beautiful scenery. Mall
  16. Sunsets: Because of the amazing weather, amazing sunsets are also produced. One helpful co-worker shared his secret –  he  loves to watch sunsets from the top of the Student Union. Something romantic and de-stressing!
  17. Bike Valet: Free for students with an easy registration. Leave your bike in a safe and secure place from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.
  18. Campus Rec: It’s a great way to maintain a healthy balance in your life!
  19. Coffee, coffee, COFFEE: How great is it to have Starbucks in the Union? Not a fan, how about Canyon Cafe? It’s easy to become addicted to caffeine around this campus.
  20. Old Main: Did you know that the U of A is a Historic Land Mark? Because of this, it can never be torn down, just renovated like is being done now!
  21. Cactus Garden: This used to be located in front of Old Main until 1929, when it was moved to the east side of the building.
  22. Red Brick Building: Buildings in the Historic District display a record of architectural styles ranging from Territorial Queen Anne to Classical Revival, Renaissance Revival, and Spanish and Romanesque Revival. The material that ties them all together is red brick. The only building not made of red brick? The library. But you’ll notice the red brick on the ground outside.
  23. Sports: Who doesn’t love sports? Especially, because we get to show our school spirit!
  24. Student Discounts: Isn’t it great to get those discounts when you say you’re a U of A student?
  25. Solar Power Systems: U of A aims to increase the efficiency and the reliability of providing power during peak load periods.

If there’s something that you really love about the U of A and it didn’t make our list comment below for us to share with everyone else!