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College students lead busy schedules full of classes, studying, work, social lives and many other activities. Sometimes I think, “How do we manage it all?” I have days when I need to remind myself to take some time to recharge. Here are some of the best ways I’ve found to unwind after taking a test, finishing homework, etc.
Treat yourself: The Cellar Bistro in the Student Union is home to the thickest and most delicious milkshakes I have ever had. My person favorite is the Oreo flavor. Sometimes I branch out and try the flavor of the month. So good!
Any UA student will rave about the Breakfast Burritos served all day at Highland Market. Countless times while living on campus students in my dorm would ask me to join on a late night “highland burrito run.”
Desire a refreshing cup of tea? The Scented Leaf on University Ave is home to a large assortment of choices from the ice-cold fruit bomb to soothing herbal teas.
Take a deep breath: The Campus Rec Center offers affordable massages that range from a comforting Swedish Massage to a more intense deep tissue massage.
During your visit to the rec center consider taking a dip in the Olympic size pool or simply lay out a towel and get some sun.
Clear your mind: 4th Ave Yoga is within walking distance from campus. This yoga studio has friendly staff and classes for everyone beginner to advance. Meditate, stretch, challenge yourself and make new friends! You will feel great and look good too.
Walk around: Check out the turtle pond across the street from the Marshall Building. Looking at the turtles bobbing in and out of the water makes me happy. Stay quiet and the turtles may peek out of the water and say hello.
Venture to the water fountains by the architecture building. I prefer going in the evening when students have left class and the area is secluded and quiet.
Listen up: The school of music has free concerts every month. The Tucson Guitar Society presented my favorite concert I’ve seen. I sat for 30 minutes and watched an orchestra of acoustic guitars play beautiful music and I felt so relaxed afterward.
Laugh out loud: The Charles Darwin Experience and Comedy Corner are the University’s two Improvised comedy troupes. These students are very talented. Each comedy troupe has made me laugh to the point of snorting. And their performances are free for students!
Talk it out: If you live in campus housing your resident assistant is there to listen. Chances are they’ve been through the same emotions you’re experiencing as they are students and were freshmen once too. My RA Molly was very cool and she would leave encouraging messages on our doors and was always willing to talk.
If talking to your RA doesn’t make you feel better or you want additional advice I recommend making an appointment with CAPS (Campus Psychiatric Services). They are professionals who are excellent with students and experienced in counseling for relationship advice, anxiety and a variety of other concerns.
I consider the University of Arizona my home away from home and the staff and fellow students have been encouraging and helpful towards my success.