The University of Arizona is certainly a unique and special place. As soon as you walk on to campus you’re able to understand why. The sun setting behind old main. The playing of our ‘Bear Down’ fight song at high noon every day. Standing on the mall taking in the cool breeze on a 70 degree and sunny February afternoon. The UA is special for many reasons, but for me, there’s one place which truly makes my heart sing. McKale Memorial Center.
Incepted in 1885, the University of Arizona has played an integral role in the rich history of the city upon it was founded, Tucson. Today, Tucson is a city with more than 500,000 residents and more than a million if you count the surrounding communities and suburbs. Even being the 33rd most populous city in the United States, Tucson is in every sense of the word a college town.
One of the biggest concerns students bring up to me about attending the University of Arizona is the sheer size of the institution. Many students possibly don’t know how they’ll fit in amongst the 40,000 other Wildcats on campus and don’t want to be lost in the shuffle. You may even be having the same concerns, wondering whether the UA is “too big”.
I’m here today to tell you that not only can you can find your place here at the University of Arizona but that you can absolutely thrive and find what you’re passionate about over the course of your college career as a Wildcat.
It is almost the end of the school year, both for high school and college students, and instead of feeling a sense of relief of being almost done with the semester, many students are instead filled with a sense of dread. Why? Because of one particular week entitled “Finals Week.”
To any high schoolers reading this I wish you luck on any finals, AP, IB, or standardized tests that you may be taking in the near future. Remember, once you finish them you are one step closer to coming to the UA!
So you’ve been admitted to the UA – that’s just step one. Now that you’re in, it’s time to complete step two: filling out your housing application ASAP! If you’ve received that acceptance letter, in the mail, or online, then you don’t have to wait – for financial aid, friends, or even your final decision to enroll – to reserve a room on campus.
Freshman year comes with many exciting opportunities, one of which is the freedom of living by yourself, or with a roommate, in one of the many residence halls offered on campus. Living in the residence halls is a great experience. I met some of my best friends in the residence hall I lived in freshman year, but the fun really begins to start in later in your college career when it is time to move off campus.
After 13 college applications, 9 school visits, and 1 plane ride, I stepped outside the rental car agency for the first time in Tucson, Arizona. A hot burst of wind smacked me in the face. I was startled at first but after a few minutes, I adjusted to the temperature and felt somewhat at peace with the heat on my skin.
When I think about why I came to the University of Arizona, one reason in particular sticks out to me the most. I have lived all over the county, but I ultimately found my home here at the UA. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and have moved nine times since then; I have lived on the east coast, the west coast, and in the south, all of which are extremely different from one another.