Many incoming students worry about whether they will ever get the chance to study abroad. Much of that concern can stem from financial insecurity, a tough course load, or even anxiety about visiting another part of the world. At the University of Arizona, the sky is literally the limit on study abroad opportunities. There is an entire office dedicated to helping students figure out when to study abroad, how to make the most of their experiences abroad, and how to pay for it all! Personally, I have participated in three separate study abroad programs throughout my time at the UA.
When people ask, “Why did you choose UA?” I have a difficult time formulating a response. To be honest, I was not one of those people who always dreamed of going here. UA was in my list of options, but I did not have a “dream school”. I participated in an Arizona Experience event the fall of my senior year of high school and that all changed. I absolutely fell in love with the University of Arizona; I loved the campus, the school spirit, and the opportunities it provided.
There are many reasons why I chose to attend the University of Arizona. It is my hometown school and the academics are world renowned. Once I started my time here, I quickly realized that there is another important facet to the college experience: involvement! There are so many reasons to find something to be involved in on campus, and the options are practically endless.
42 percent from out of state
112 countries represented
4,000 Honors College students
367 academic programs offered
600+ clubs on campus
52 unique sororities and fraternities
17 Division I sports teams
1,000+ on campus jobs
568,367 credit hours in 2016-2017
9,973 degrees awarded
More than 275,000 alumni
Every single University of Arizona student is unique and has their own story to tell.
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!