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You’ve seen the list of what to bring and what not to bring. But now we’re giving you the real scoop from a Lumberjack who’s been in your shoes (Stephanie Gillooly, Class of 2015).

From one Lumberjack to another, here’s your guide of what you can do to get started on the right foot and go into the semester kicking axe.

1. Keep cool

It’s not Phoenix hot, but Flagstaff summers do average 90 degrees on any given day. Setting up a box fan in your room window will circulate air and keep you and your roommate(s) cool. On the flip side, a portable heater for the winter months is not necessary. The residence halls have building-wide heating and you can control how hot your room gets — so you’ll definitely be cozy all winter long!

Tip: When you get here, take advantage of the weather and find a place under the trees.

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2. Divide and conquer

Coordinate with your roommate(s) on who will buy and who will bring the larger room items. With minimal space you want to avoid having duplicates of items that will crowd your area. FYI — residence halls do come with refrigerators and freezers to store your food, so a mini fridge isn’t necessary either.

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3. Get out and enjoy your new home

Living in the residence halls gives you an opportunity to attend many on-campus events by just stepping outside your room.

Save the date for the Welcome Week Concert on Saturday, Aug. 24 and Jaws, dive-in movie showing at the Aquatic and Tennis complex.

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There are so many ways to meet your fellow Lumberjacks this week, especially when check out the Student Involvement Fair and the Party at the Point!

Tip: Freshmen- You don’t want to miss out on the annual class photo aka The Letters.

NAU on three…

4. Meet your neighbors

Keep your bedroom door open when you are awake and active. This will give you more of a chance to become acquainted with your hall-mates. Walking down a hall with open doors indicates that people are open to making new friends.

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A simple poster on someone’s wall can be a conversation starter and create a community within a cluster of rooms. Just be sure to secure your room and belongings when you are away or asleep.

5. Map your route

Walk your class schedule prior to the first day of classes. Planning your morning is a great way to ensure you aren’t late or lost as you navigate campus. And this way, you’ll get to admire walking through the forest because how many college students get to do that? 😉

Tip: It takes about 15–20 minutes to walk from north to south campus.

Getting to class early is often the best way to guarantee an ideal seat. Especially in classes with labs, you not only pick your seat that first day, but your partner for the rest of the semester. The early bird gets the worm — or in this case a hard working lab partner! 🔬

Follow these tips and your first week on campus will be a breeze. Here’s to the start of of another great year in Lumberjack Country. It goes by fast so remember to capture the moments do what Lumberjacks do best… 👌🏼

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