What are Self-Guided Daily Activities?

A-Week has a number EVENTS taking place both online and in-person which focuses on a specific THEME related to student success.

We know that there is downtime between each event and that sometimes you might  just want to explore these topics individually form the comfort of your room so we’re releasing additional Self-Guided Daily Activities for you to check-out on your own time. We’ll open new content each day in the morning, so be on the lookout for updates here!  

Monday, August 17 - Academic Success


  • How to set up a planner video
    • Getting Organized is important. We’ve collected a number of videos for you to explain different methods for planning out your college classes and activities, from a large decorative planner to using your phone.
  • Learning Type Quiz
    • This is an assessment to determine what your learning style is (30 questions).

Note taking tips:

  • One of the most important things that you can do early in your college career is to develop a good and consistent method for taking notes in class. Develop a system that works for you and that is helpful. If you write and write and don’t ever go back to review them then you should re-evaluate how you’re taking notes because they might not helping you as effectively as they could be!
  • This article shares additional note-taking tips and tricks!

Time Management tips:

Finding Places to Study:

How to talk to professors:


Tuesday, August 18 - History & Traditions

U of A Traditions

  • Learn about the traditions that have shaped the U of A’s distinct identity and have united generations of students, including Spoofer’s Stone, Senior Walk, and Calling the Hogs.
  • Arkansas Football: 5 Best Razorback Traditions Every Fan Should Experience
    • As you’re looking ahead to your first Razorback football game this fall, get excited about these beloved Razorback traditions.

History of the University of Arkansas

  • Want to know all the U of A highlights? This timeline shows all the important moments in U of A history, all the way to the university’s founding in 1871.
  • Historical Markers
    • Curious about all the historical markers around campus? In April 1999, the University of Arkansas unveiled a set of institutional historical markers designed to commemorate significant research and intellectual achievements, notable leaders, outstanding alumni, historic events, sites and campus lore. Here’s a complete list of the markers, as well as directions to each one!
  • This breaks down several facets of U of A history, including the university’s founding, athletics, leaders, and academic and campus growth.
Wednesday, August 19 - Wellness


  • Healthy Orders from On Campus
    • Where the Wild Greens AR
      • You really can’t go wrong here! Try switching it up when choosing your greens, protein and crunch options and wash it all down with a smoothie!
    • Chik-Fil-A
      • Grilled nugs are 200 less calories than breaded
    • Flying Burrito
      • Try turning your favorite burrito into a bowl for less carbs but equal deliciousness
    • True Burger
      • Turkey burgers are typically leaner than a beef burger, so try subbing out your patties!
  • Power Snacks for your Dorm Room
    • Fresh fruits and veggies ( these can be hard to keep fresh, so be sure to look for those options at the dining hall)
    • Cheese sticks
    • Peanut butter
    • Apple sauce
    • Trail mix
    • Popcorn

On Campus Resource: 

  • Pat Walker Health Clinic has a nutritionist who can help you find the balance of eating well at college for free! Head to this link for more info https://health.uark.edu/medical-health/nutrition.php
  • Be Active:
    • Take a break and unwind by following this 20-minute yoga session.
    • Places to Hike in Fayetteville:
    • Be Mindful:
    • App Suggestion:
      • Headspace – Get happy. Stress less. Sleep soundly. Headspace is your guide to mindfulness for your everyday life. Learn meditation and mindfulness skills from world-class experts and choose from hundreds of guided meditations on everything from managing stress and anxiety to sleep, focus, and mind-body health. Build your practice your way with meditations for every experience level and lifestyle — including short, 3-minute sessions that fit seamlessly into a busy schedule.
    • Take our quick quiz to learn which areas of your life you’ve been neglecting, what you’ve been paying too much attention to, and the specific areas you can improve on.

On Campus Resources for Wellness: 

  • Programs:
    • Mindfulness and Crochet Project
      • Crochet is an activity that has been shown to increase focus, organize thoughts, and provide a repetitive movement that may decrease physical and emotional stress.
      • This video series uses crochet to facilitate a mindful experience while creating a mystery project. The pattern unfolds as you go and is designed to help viewers let go of control and sit with uncertainty.
      • The series is designed for people with a basic-intermediate level of experience. You will need a medium sized crochet hook and at least one color of yarn (up to seven colors).
    • Let’s Talk Series
      • Let’s Talk is a CAPS outreach program that offers students convenient access to brief informal consultations with a licensed mental health clinician at different sites across campus. Students are encouraged to drop by and talk about what’s important to them.
  • Places:
    • Relaxation Room
      • The Relaxation Room offers a safe and relaxing space for University of Arkansas students to quiet their mind, reduce stress and restore themselves. The Relaxation Room is located on the second floor of the health center in Counseling & Psychological Services and is available for use Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (9 a.m. on Fridays).
    • CAPS
      • Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) help students navigate the pressures of college-life and beyond with various evidence-based mental health services and programs. All CAPS programs and services are designed to meet the academic, developmental, remedial and preventive needs of the campus community.
    • Wellness Center
      • Located across the street from the Pat Walker Health Center in the Garland Garage shops, the Wellness Center is the central location for students to engage and learn about wellness.
      • The new Wellness Center provides positive health and wellness programs for the campus community. This dedicated space includes classroom and meeting space, the campus substance abuse prevention and recovery program, and various programs sponsored by UREC.
Thursday, August 20 - Diversity

Accounts to Follow

  • Humans of New York @humansofny
  • So you want to talk about… @soyouwanttotalkabout
  • Good Good Good @goodgoodgoodco
  • I WEIGH @i_weigh
  • Them. @them
  • The Diversity Gap @thediversitygap
  • Danielle Coke @ohhappydani
  • Check Your Privilege @ckyourprivilege
  • Shifting the Culture @shiftingtheculture
  • From Privilege to Progress @privtoprog
  • Wear Your Voice Magazine @wearyourvoice


  • Immaculate perception: Jerry Kang at TEDxSanDiego 2013; 13:58
    • Do you discriminate? UCLA law professor Jerry Kang exposes the phenomenon of automatic processing and how it relates to explicit and implicit bias. Decades of research shows that attitudes and stereotypes influence how we see and behave. Using humor and audience participation, Kang challenges our assumptions while shifting our perceptions.
    • https://youtu.be/9VGbwNI6Ssk
  • Implicit Bias – how it affects us and how we push through | Melanie Funchess | TEDxFlourCity; 16:12
  • Why is colonialism (still) romanticized? | Farish Ahmad-Noor; 12:18
    • Colonialism remains an inescapable blight on the present, lingering in the toxic, internalized mythologies and stereotypes that have outlived the regimes that created them, says historian Farish Ahmad-Noor. Examining why these prejudices and narratives persist (and sometimes thrive), he suggests a multidisciplinary approach to reject cultural obsessions with romanticized history and prevent this nostalgia from perpetuating past oppressions.
    • https://youtu.be/Sigx5bMlzJU
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Lessons In Friendship and Love | Maryam Elassar | TEDxAmanaAcademy; 6:33
    • Maryam Elassar tells a personal story about how showing kindness led to an understanding of what diversity and inclusion really means. She states, “The way I dress shouldn’t matter how people view me in the world. Instead, we should be judged by our actions and character.”
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzu3ira61k8&t=1s
  • Incluse Me: Social Inclusion in Education | Travis Davis | TEDxABQED; 4:24
  • INCLUSION over Diversity | Kenyona Matthews | TEDxAkron; 12:46
    • Kenyona Matthews shares how inclusion give people the ability to express themselves authentically. The work of our society cannot simply focus on folks being in the room anymore. All people must have a voice, and we need to listen to them. Then we must ACT.
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_v9Nd6TYt0
  • It’s About Time We Challenge Our Unconscious Biases | Juliette Powell | TEDxStLouisWomen; 15:41
    • With a life’s mission to help make meaning of our digital lives, Juliette Powell is a media entrepreneur, a community catalyst and the author of 33 Million People in the Room. She challenges us to all explore and face our unconscious biases.
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thkmVv54e6M
  • The magical science of storytelling | David JP Phillips | TEDxStockholm; 16:44
    • Why is storytelling so powerful? And how do we use it to our advantage? Presentations expert David JP Phillips shares key neurological findings on storytelling and with the help of his own stories, helps us understand neurotransmitters.
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj-hdQMa3uA
  • The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; 19:16
    • Our lives and our cultures are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice – and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg

Self Guided Activities

  • Fair Play provides players with the opportunity to take the perspective of Jamal Davis, a Black graduate student on his way to becoming a renowned professor. In this game, players experience racial bias during interactions with other characters, as well as in the virtual environment. As Jamal, the road to success involves navigating the academic world; as a Black student, bias can steer you off of a successful path. Winning in Fair Play involves learning when and how to name biases. While many will succeed in Fair Play, the true winners are those that learn the reality of bias.

Explore these U of A offices!

  • University of Arkansas Office of Diversity and Inclusion: To help the U of A create and sustain a diverse, inclusive environment, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion offers support for initiatives, policies and programming designed to impact the overall culture at the university. The office provides students, faculty, staff and regional communities across Arkansas with access to the necessary resources, information and training to make this happen.
  • Multicultural Center: The staff in the Center for Multicultural Diversity and Education have a variety of diverse experiences and backgrounds that help them to better serve students. They think of creative ways to engage and educate students on the importance of leadership and diversity and enhance the University of Arkansas experience for all students.


  • Code Switch
    • What’s CODE SWITCH? It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, the podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. They explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we’re all part of the story.
  • The Diversity Gap
    • When it comes to diversity, good intentions are only the beginning. Join Bethaney Wilkinson as she explores the gap between good intentions and good impact as it relates to diversity, inclusion and equity. On The Diversity Gap podcast, we’ll be learning from thought leaders, authors, creatives and more about the diversity gaps in society and culture. Our goal is to discover promising practices for closing diversity gaps in our everyday lives and work!
  • Dirty Diversity
    • Dirty Diversity is a podcast hosted by Janice Z. Gassam on all things diversity, equity, and inclusion in and out of the workplace.
  • reWorked: The Diversity and Inclusion Podcast
    • Host Rachael Wilson speaks to leaders in diversity and inclusion, discussing best practice and wellbeing tips. Learn how you can rework your company culture to make it more inclusive.
  • Latinos who Lunch
    • Latinos Who Lunch is a podcast hosted by artist FavyFav and art historian Babelito. Join them as they discuss everything from pop culture and art to issues of race, gender and class in Latinx communities.
  • Identity Politics
    • Identity Politics is a podcast that features new stories and perspectives about race, gender and Muslim life in America. From pop culture to politics, guests talk about issues impacting their lives as Muslims at the intersection of multiple identities.
  • Women at Work
    • Women face gender discrimination throughout their careers. It doesn’t have to derail their ambitions, but how do we prepare to deal with it? There’s no workplace orientation session about narrowing the wage gap, standing up to interrupting male colleagues, or taking on many other issues encountered at work. So editors Amy Bernstein and Amy Gallo are untangling some of the knottiest problems. They interview experts on gender, tell stories about their own experiences, and give lots of practical advice to help you succeed in spite of the obstacles.
  • Queering Desi
    • Queering Desi is a podcast that celebrates the unique experiences of South Asian LGBTQ+ people. In each episode, a guest will chat with long-time community activist and writer, Priya Arora, about their journey and what it means to be true to who you are. To help us share our stories in our own words, and take the burden of representation off each individual, this podcast aims to be a breeding ground for discussion and a platform for being loud and proud, no matter who you are!
  • Choose Inclusion Podcast
    • What happens when a blind man, a woman of color, and a wannabe Latino get together to discuss how diversity, equity and inclusion can impact businesses? Join Mike Hess, Nina Baliga and UB Ciminieri every month as they embark through conversation on a journey to help businesses and their most important asset – people – choose inclusion. They have open and authentic conversations amongst themselves and with guests to explore everything related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Inclusion Works
    • The Inclusion Works podcast explores the secrets of building inclusive culture at work and in the community. They are joined by leaders, experts and activists all working to bring fresh thinking to the inclusion debate. They ask those all-important questions to find out more about them, their work and how they make inclusion work. If you’re interested in driving change, accelerating diversity or simply finding ways to be more inclusive every day, then check out Inclusion Works. Because diversity is just half of the battle.
  • The Way We Lead | An Inclusive Leadership Podcast
    • The Way We Lead (TWWL) is a podcast about what it means to be a leader, an ally and an advocate for underrepresented folks. They feature real-world stories of inclusive leadership and allyship and highlight folks across industries, titles, and identities who use their influence to raise others up. Join in as they dig deep on topics of identity, power, and privilege and hopefully grow as allies in the process.
  • Nancy
    • BFFs Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are super queer, super fun and ready to take over your podcast feed. Join them for provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today.
  • Gender Reveal
    • Welcome to Gender Reveal, a podcast that centers nonbinary and transgender folks. Join as they interview trans artists and activists, answer listener questions, analyze current events, and get a little bit closer to understanding what the heck gender is.
  • The Breakdown with Shaun King
    • Join Shaun as he unpacks the most important stories of injustice, racism and corruption, but also tells you who’s fighting back and how you can support and join them with practical action steps.
  • The Inclusive Education Podcast
    • Dr. Julie Causton shares everything you need to know in the exciting world of inclusive education!
Friday, August 21 - Engagement

University Programs

  • The Office of University Programs is a great opportunity to get involved in creating great experiences for students at the University of Arkansas. Become a member by applying through Hog Sync.
  • Want to enjoy the activities put on by UP without having to plan them? No worries! Here are some upcoming events to put on your calendar!
8/25/2020 Mix It UP General Meetings 5p AKAG/Virtual Hybrid
8/25/2020 Fall Concert 8p Online Event
8/26/2020 Great Barrier Reef Magnets 11a ARKU North Terrace/Virtual Hybrid
8/26/2020 Floral Arrangement Class 5p AKAG
9/2/2020 Fantasy Movie Series: DoLittle 7p UP Video Theater/AKAG
9/3/2020 Yoga on Old Main Lawn 9:30a Old Main Lawn
9/8-11 Poster Sale 9a-4p Online Event
9/9/2020 Fantasy Movie Series: Stardust 7p UP Video Theater/AKAG
9/14/2020 UP Day 11a ARKU North Terrace/Virtual Hybrid
9/14/2020 Fall Carnival 12p Union Mall
9/15/2020 Street Art Fair 11a Union Mall
9/16/2020 Friends with UP 11a ARKU-North Terrace
9/16/2020 UP Variety Show 7p Union Theatre/Virtual Hybrid

Volunteer Action Center

  • The Volunteer Action Center (VAC) is a student led organization that connects University of Arkansas students to volunteering opportunities in Northwest Arkansas. The VAC consists of a student leadership board and student volunteer members. The leadership board is made up of 45 dedicated students, including an Executive Team and five leadership teams that oversee our signature programs. VAC board members support a network of student volunteers and partner agencies through programs, events, services and resources – including GivePulse  and HogSync.


  • HogSync is a one stop shop for getting involved on campus. Student Organizations and Offices around campus have HogSync pages where you can see opportunities for you to get involved in leadership positions, volunteer roles, and more! Click the link to sign into Hogsync by using your UArk email and password! Once you’re in, start exploring!


  • SOOIE can guide you on which organization matches your interests and needs.  They will talk with you about your interests and your major and give suggestions of organizations to contact.  Here is a link to their RSO interest form where you can list your interests to better assist the Involvement committee when they meet with you for your appointment.  You can also email SOOIE’s Director of Involvement, Katie Strickland, at sooieinv@uark.edu for more information.


  • Do you miss Razorback Football and calling the hogs? Look no further than Netflix to get your fix for UofA Football! Greater is a sports biopic recounting the story of Arkansas Razorbacks walk-on offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth. Brandon is derided for his portly appearance, Burlsworth defies the odds to make the Razorbacks’ squad in 1994, and ultimately develops into an All-American player and top NFL prospect.


Coming to a new campus can be intimidating, especially a big one like the University of Arkansas’! Instead of wandering around and getting lost, take a Virtual Tour of campus to help familiarize yourself with the buildings around the University! You’ll know the UofA like the back of your hand after this tour! If you feel like taking a walk around tour in person, here are some cool places to stop at: 

  • Spoofers Stone
    • In the early days of the University, male and female students were not allowed to fraternize in any way while on campus. This put a great strain on the social life of the students. And thus a great tradition was born. A female student would take a seat on the stone and slip a note for her sweetheart in the crack of the stone; she would then rise and walk away. A short time later the male student would stroll over to the stone, take a seat, and retrieve his mail. This continued to be a popular custom with the students for many years. Spoofer’s Stone also became a popular place for marriage proposals, and couples who became engaged would often remove small portions of the stone for mementos. 
  • Senior Walk
    • Stories of the origin of Senior Walk vary, but the most common is that it was begun by the class of 1905. A few years later, the class of 1904 added their names on the sidewalk. Each graduating class since then has had their names engraved in the walk. In 1930, slabs were placed for all of the graduating classes prior to 1904. Originally, the names were stamped by hand, but that changed in 1986 when University Physical Plant employees invented the Sand Hog, a machine designed specifically for the purpose of etching the names in Senior Walk. More than 170,000 graduates are now listed on Senior Walk and counting. 
  • Historic Markers
    • In April 1999, the University of Arkansas unveiled a set of institutional historical markers designed to commemorate significant research and intellectual achievements, notable leaders, outstanding alumni, historic events, sites and campus lore. 

Check back every morning this week for new content!