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New Year's Resolutions: stop vaping, start studying

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Darien Bakas | The Daily Wildcat

Students work out in the Rec Center's group fitness class "Body Pump" on March 2. The Rec Center offers a plethora of group fitness classes every day of the week.

The holidays are over, and with a new year come resolutions for making a “new you.” A new year and new semester offer up plenty of opportunities for either improving yourself or hiding your flaws that much better. 

With such a huge campus, the University of Arizona provides ample opportunity and resources necessary to help you drop that spare tire, quit smoking or learn a new hobby.

1. Be more active

Physical activity is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, but with all the stresses of school, sometimes it’s difficult to work exercise into a busy schedule.

Fortunately, the UA Campus Recreation Center, better known as Campus Rec — located on the corner of Sixth Street and Highland Avenue — offers classes, trainers and state-of-the-art facilities to help in your fitness journey.

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According to its website, Campus Rec “collaborates with the university community to offer exemplary facilities, programs and services that inspire participation and engagement.”

For those in need of a structured guide for anything from krav maga to spinning, classes abound with activities lead by certified instructors that will help you burn off that last burger from Cactus Grill. The Rec also offers the help of personal trainers, if you are looking to bulk up.

If you want to go the DIY fitness route, the basketball courts and fitness center are open from 6 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to midnight on weekends. The pool opens the same hours as the fitness center and courts, but closes at 10 p.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. on weekends.

Visit the Campus Rec website to sign up for classes, intramural sports or to reserve a certain section of the Rec for a special occasion. You can also check out special webcams set throughout the facility to see how busy it is in real time. 

2. Quit smoking

Come on. We all know smoking is bad for us, and that includes e-cigarette use. Juuls and other vaping devices have infiltrated the smoking market, providing a discreet and flavorful way for millennials to get their fix of tobacco or, in some cases, marijuana extracts.

Luckily, UA has a resource to help combat these bad habits. If you have a problem or need help with tobacco-based products, go to Campus Health, located in Highland Commons.

Campus Health’s website provides links to multiple resources to help you butt-out for good. From over-the-counter and prescription cessation help at the Campus Health Pharmacy to counseling and national help-lines for those struggling with withdrawals, Campus Health can help you escape the costly habit.

3. Get better grades

If you didn’t end last semester with your target GPA, resources like Think Tank offer help in math, languages and other courses to even the most academically-challenged student.

For students who need help, Think Tank “is dedicated to empowering UA students by providing a positive environment where they can master the skills needed to become successful lifelong learners,” according to its website.

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That does not mean they will do your homework for you. Cassandra Hirdes, co-director of Think Tank, said students could schedule sessions with an Academic Skills Tutor through the Think Tank website or by visiting the Think Tank location inside Bear Down Gym.

“They can make a plan of when exactly the student can use each of the services by mapping out a weekly schedule,” Hirdes said. “Students can also map out other weekly commitments and activities to account for where their time goes and work on prioritization for their semester.”

Individual sessions run $35 per session, but drop-in tutoring is free. Other rates and Think Tank’s four campus locations can be found on Think Tank’s website.


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