Why Choosing NAU Was The Greatest Decision I Ever Made
by Marissa Ramirez, Sophomore
When it came time to fill out college applications, I was completely stressed out. I had a high, but basically average G.P.A and was involved in a few clubs, but nothing that could really help me stand out. So I decided to start from the bottom and work my way up. I ended up applying to about 7–10 schools, and received full acceptances to three and conditional acceptances to two.
Now to be completely honest, NAU was not part of my original list. I received an email stating that they waived the application fee so that I could apply and I figured “Why not?”
Because I was lucky enough to be accepted by so many schools, I had to really sit and think about what I wanted in a college. I know, sounds like a relationship, right? But it was true.
I had to think about what I wanted to study, the kind of place I wanted to be in, who I wanted to be around and most importantly, how far away I wanted to be from home.
I took my time figuring things out, narrowing down the list, taking one off here and there, and eventually there was only one on the list, Northern Arizona University. With my second year here slowly coming to an end, I’ve had time to look back at my time here to this point and I cannot imagine myself going to school anywhere else in the world.
Northern Arizona University has given me something to look forward to every day. Aside from the 15 mph winds, I absolutely love the campus. Here in northern Arizona, we get all four seasons — that’s right fall, winter, spring and summer. And sometimes if you’re lucky, you will get all four in one day!
The people here are nice and respectful. I see Flagstaff as such a friendly town where there’s always some joy to be spread. Even the professors are nice — still not convinced to extend that deadline of a paper you’ve had two months to work on, but nice and that’s always great.
NAU also has a lot of opportunities for its students. My number one (thankful) opportunity is the Western Undergrad Exchange (WUE) that NAU offers. Through WUE, “students who meet the university’s admission criteria and live in one of 14 Western states can receive a tuition rate of 1.5 times the cost of in-state tuition — significantly less than out-of-state tuition. This is a reciprocal arrangement between WUE states designed to allow students access to programs that may not be available in their states.” #thankfulformycaliroots
I will completely admit, even though I applied to schools in California, I already knew I couldn’t see myself going to school there. I’ve lived there my whole life and I wanted to be able to explore and try something new. Arizona seemed to be the perfect place for that.
Basically, what I am trying to say is, Northern Arizona has truly been the greatest decision I’ve ever made. As much as I love going home and visiting my friends and family, there’s a part of me that cannot wait to return back to my mountain town. I truly wish that I could go to school out here forever, but that means a lot more money I’d have to put out, and I don’t think I am prepared for that.
Originally published at www.sororitylyfe.com.