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Today, we have a special post for you from our guest blogger - Devin! Devin is an Arizona Ambassador and shares her own story of how visiting UA changed her perspective. Enjoy! - Your UA Admissions Blog Team.
Junior and senior year of high school flew by faster than I could possibly imagine making the stress of choosing my future university worse and worse. Originally from Minnesota I decided to try something different from all my friends, as they were staying in the Midwest for school. With many of my cousins already in Arizona it seemed like a place I could fit in. Now that I had decided on a state, I just needed to choose a university. With my mom in tow, I set out to tour three separate campuses. After the second campus tour, I thought I had everything figured out and decided so I bought a lot of apparel at their campus bookstore. The following day I begged my mom to skip the University of Arizona tour, because I didn’t want to drive two hours to Tucson, especially after I thought I had already found my dream school. Thank goodness my mother wanted to stick to our original plan. It is all thanks to my mom that I even gave the UA a shot. As soon as we pulled up and saw old main and the gorgeous fountain in front of it, I was already starting to change my mind about where I wanted to go to school. Two hours later I realized that the University of Arizona was the place for me. There are a few reasons why those two hours walking around campus with a UA student made me a Wildcat.
First of all, as soon as we met at Old Main we divided into smaller groups. As we walked away from Old Main, to really begin our tour, the beauty of the mall stunned me. The mall is a huge field of green grass running right through the busiest part of the U of A campus. Not only was it beautiful with palm trees lining both sides; it reminded me of how Hollywood depicts a perfect college campus. Students were everywhere riding bikes, playing football, and just lounging around. It was the first campus I had visited where I really saw a college community.
My next big “this is it” moment was the recreation center. Okay, I just want everyone to know that the pictures online do not do this place justice. It is one of the best recreation centers in the nation! All the exercise machines were in use during our tour and the classes offered seemed to be perfect for someone like me who has trouble with self-motivation. The best part of all was the pool. Not a single chair was open to lie on, and lots of students were using the rafts provided by the rec in the shallow end to keep cool. For me, being from the frozen tundra that is Minnesota, all I could think of was that going to this school would be a four-year trip into paradise.
Finally, my third reason for choosing the U of A was my ambassador (tour guide). She was the funniest girl I had met on any of my tours so far. Her school spirit and pride were enough to get anyone excited. She told us about her personal experiences, and situations she and her friends had gotten themselves into. For example, she told us stories about her professors, sporting events she had gone to, and even the time she and her roommates road tripped to Coachella. For the first time, I was actually able to see myself on campus going through the same things that she had.
By the end of the tour I looked at my mom, and asked if we would be able to return the clothes I had gotten from the other university. The main reason I’m telling you all of this is because campus tours aren’t just about seeing the buildings. They are about feeling the atmosphere of campuses and talking to current students about their lives in Tucson. When I became a sophomore on campus I wanted to begin spreading my school spirit to potential new Wildcats. With that in mind, I became an ambassador for the university. So who knows, I might even meet you when you come down to visit the University of Arizona!
Have you visited our campus before? If not, make sure you sign up for your Ambassador Tour today!