21 ways to Get Involved at NAU!

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Your first year at college can be exciting but a bit intimidating, especially if you don’t know a single soul and you feel like everyone else seems to know one another already. We’ve all been there, and here’s what we have to say … Get Involved! College is the time where you get to meet a variety of different people and make new friendships that could last a lifetime. It is also the time to explore new things and figure out what you like or dislike. Take the time to figure yourself out. In that process, you have to get involved. Not sure how? Have no fear, we have compiled a list of clubs and organizations that could help you on your journey to discovering your passions and staying connected!

Peer Jacks

  1. Become a Peer Mentor : Connect with first year students as you become their mentor for their transition into college!

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  1. Become a Resident Assistant : RA’s are a great resource for our residential students living on campus. You can also get the chance to create energetic and supportive communities where students get to know one another!

Edge Leadership

  1. The Edge Leadership Experience : Develop personal leadership skills and make meaningful connections as an incoming first year student through The Edge Leadership workshop! This is a great opportunity to apply a great transferable skill to your resume.

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  1. Legislative Internship : Get the opportunity to work with the Arizona State Senate, Arizona House of Representatives, and the Arizona State Governor’s Office, as well as the Arizona State Supreme Court!

CSI

  1. CSI : The Civic Service Institute provides an extensive variety of volunteering opportunities for students! Meet the needs of people and neighborhoods throughout Arizona and fortify them through service and volunteerism.

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  1. Green NAU : Support sustainability! Join NAU’s Student Environmental club and become a Green Jack or volunteer through a variety of their community programs!

Facts

  1. FACTS : Work with children ages 5-13 through this community-wide before and after school program and get a chance to provide academic and enrichment opportunities!

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  1. Gilman Scholarship : Receive a scholarship to pursue an Internship abroad and further your skills to work in this global economy and independent world.

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  1. Education Abroad: Build up your global skill set by going abroad and learning to navigate in a multicultural environment, meet new people, and see the world through the Education Abroad programs!

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  1. Undergraduate research: Enhance your education by participating in research in your field or major. This is a great way to learn invaluable skills that can be applied to your resume!

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  1. NAU Quidditch Club : Yeah we’ve read the books and seen the movies… and you can finally play without having to go through Platform 9 ¾ All you have to do is show up to practice, pay a small fee and compete in the National Quidditch Association all while having fun with your teammates!

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  1. Jobs for Jacks : Another way to get involved is by using Jobs for Jacks, NAU’s online employment database for students, graduates, and alumni! Create an account with Jobs for Jacks and you can have access to a list of employers, internships, and full-time job positions looking to be filled by you!

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  1. Northern Arizona University Archery Club : If you have the urge to learn about archery, this is the club for you! Whether you are a skilled archer or you’ve never shot an arrow before, you can join and it’s FREE!

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  1. Residential Learning Communities : Join a RLC and live in the same residential hall with students who share your major! Participate in activities organized by your RLC and form strong connections between students, faculty, and staff! This is a great way to meet new people as well as receiving support when it comes to your academics.

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  1. Greek Life : Are you thinking about rushing for Greek life? Sororities and Fraternities are another great way to get connected on campus by getting involved in leadership, community service, and friendships that will last a lifetime all while learning invaluable skills that could give you the edge when looking for employment!

MECHA

  1. M.E.Ch.A : Are you looking for a group that strives for the empowerment and liberation of Chicano/as in higher education? This is the club for you! M.E.Ch.A has a whole group of students who make every effort to promote the Chicano philosophy, and you don’t have to be any specific gender, nationality, or orientation to join this club!

HAPA

  1. HAPA : The NAU HAPA Hawaiian Club helps Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian students with their transition into college and gives them a sense of engagement and belonging on campus. This is a great way to get involved and help other students feel comfortable at NAU along the way!

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  1. BSU : The Black Student Union is another great way to be involved on campus! BSU strives to keep their students involved and active in the community and aware of the issues around them. They build up professionalism, community, and promote black culture at NAU.

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  1. Sports Clubs : NAU has a great variety of sports clubs on campus, including Men and Women’s Lacrosse! Get involved on campus by joining a sports club and competing with your team!

NAU Outdoors

20. NAU Outdoors : NAU offers trips and classes that allow you to experience the outdoors in a whole new way! Some of the adventures include backpacking, hiking, and white water kayaking. Don’t pass up these amazing opportunities that you can take advantage of right in our backyard!

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21. True Blue Connects : Still haven’t seen something you’re interested in? Go to True Blue Connects to find a list of resources for more student organizations to help you get involved! If you don’t see what you’re looking for, start your own club! You only need four friends, a faculty or staff advisor, and a constitution detailing your clubs purpose.

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Leap Forward with Lumberjack Alumni Series: Rachel Theron, Class of 2005

Rachel Theron, Class of 2005

Bachelor of Science in Journalism

Owner of Lekka Media Design

Rachel Theron


What was your career plan during college? Did this change once you graduated?

“My career plan during college was to be a journalist or photojournalist. After graduating, I gravitated toward careers in marketing and management.”

How did NAU prepare you for your career?

“NAU helped prepare me for my career by fostering independent thinking and intelligent risk taking.”

Where are you now? Please tell us about your current career, job location, and pros/cons.

“After graduating from NAU in 2005, I lived in Cape Town, South Africa and Portland, Oregon before deciding to move back to Flagstaff, my beloved mountain town. In 2013, I launched Lekka Media Design & Marketing, LLC. Based in Flagstaff, we offer website design and online marketing solutions for individuals, non-profits, and the small business community. Pros of owning my own business are a sense of fulfillment and freedom. Any perceived con is heavily outweighed by all the pros. :-)”

What advice do you have for current NAU students?

“My advice for current NAU students is to be extremely active with the NAU and local community. Not only does it look great on a resume, but life is really about networking, and the more substantial contacts you have, the better off you will be professionally.”

What was your favorite part about NAU Flagstaff?

“My favorite part about NAU was the gorgeous campus, the professors, and the lifelong friends I made while there.”

The Life of a True Blue Ambassador

tb1Elizabeth Aiello-Coppola just recently graduated from NAU and received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. During her time here, she worked as a True Blue Ambassador. The True Blue Ambassador program first piqued her interest when she came to Orientation as a freshman. After she saw the True Life play during her orientation session, she told her mom she had to get this job and be an ambassador herself. Elizabeth started working as a True Blue Ambassador during her sophomore year after an extensive hiring process. She had to pass an application review, succeed in a group interview, and then present herself well in two individual interviews.

As a True Blue Ambassador, Elizabeth and her fellow Ambassadors give tours of NAU to prospective students throughout the fall and spring semesters. They also answer questions about NAU from prospective families and students via phone and email, and staff DNAU events. During the summer, the ambassadors run Northern Arizona University’s Freshman Orientation. As Orientation Leaders they each work individually with groups of 15-19 students. Elizabeth said that being an Orientation leader has given her the opportunity to be a mentor for each new tb2freshman. She loves being part of a team working to make good things happen for other people. The ambassadors give the new students a chance to see what it is like to be at NAU. During orientation these students discuss the situations presented in the True Life play with their groups, and occasionally they get really deep and share sensitive personal stories. Orientation leaders use this time to ensure that these incoming students feel safe about being a college student.

I sat down with Elizabeth recently to find out more about what it is like to be a True Blue Ambassador. Would you like to join their team? Read on to see if it sounds like a good fit for you!

What is your favorite thing about being a True Blue Ambassador?

“I like seeing how excited students get about NAU. I love NAU and I want them to be happy and love NAU too. What’s cool is that sometimes I’ll see my orientees passing by during the school semester and they smile at me or some even come up and hug me. It’s the best feeling ever.”

tb3How do you bond with other True Blue Ambassadors?

“We have multiple retreats throughout the year. There, we share a lot of things, get really deep, and bond. We even take a class together during the Spring Semester, EPS 415 & 416. We also have a 10 day training and camp where we get prepared for Orientation. We all live in the Wilson Residence Hall over the summer and work in the administration office together too.”

tb6What kind of skills does being a True Blue Ambassador teach you?

“Speaking in public, personal skills, and knowing how to sell the school. We are also taught great work ethic. For example, if we have a meeting at 6:30 and someone is late, then we push the meeting up to 6:15 the next time. We are taught how to follow while being a leader at the same time. But most of all, we learn to have fun!”

What kind of relationships do you form with students that you meet during Orientation?

“It varies, sometimes I won’t have a connection. There have been other times where I had students tell me, ‘You helped me break out of my shell!’ One student told me that I helped them not be shy because I forced them to talk and be social with the other students. You just form these connections that you’ll never forget. I’ll recognize them even when I see them around campus during classes.”

TB5What are your plans now that you’ve graduated?

“I’m going to stay in Flagstaff for another year to work and save up money to travel. I want to go back to Ireland and visit places like Europe, Japan, Greece and the Netherlands. I’m buying a one-way ticket and seeing what happens.”

TB4It sounds like Elizabeth has definitely learned how to have fun, work hard, and take risks as a True Blue Ambassador. If you are interested in following her lead, check out the True Blue Ambassador Application process and talk to one of the ambassadors you see giving campus tours in their snazzy blue and yellow polo shirts.

 

Leap Forward with Lumberjack Alumni Series: Sarah McGee, Class of 2007

Sarah McGee, Class of 2007/2011

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities with an Emphasis in Sustainable Architecture and Design

Business Manager for SappSuperStarSports

Sarah in 2007 while at NAU

Sarah in 2007 while at NAU

What was your career plan during college? Did this change once you graduated?

“My mind seemed to change daily about what career path I wanted to take when I was in college. I alternated between Interior Design/Architecture and the world of Fitness/Athletic Training/Physical Therapy. I ended up graduating with an Interior Design degree and then went on to pursue a second degree following the Architectural/Design industry. I worked as an Architectural Designer for many years (about 8 years), while pursuing fitness and personal training as a hobby or side job. I was a Personal Trainer and Dance Instructor on the side for many years because I still could not choose between the two worlds indefinitely!”

How did NAU prepare you for your career?

“NAU helped me with my professional and academic writing, it taught me how to present and speak publicly with confidence, it taught me how to think critically, network with other people, be creative and open minded, and how to efficiently manage my time.”

Where are you now? Please tell us about your current career, job location, and pros/cons.

“I live in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area and I am the Business Manager for SappSuperStarSports, LLC. (http://Sappsuperstarsports.com) SappSuperStarSports is a Sports Promotion and Management Company. We represent and work with a lot of NFL, MLB, and NBA athletes to help them secure endorsement deals and/or find opportunities for marketing, sports events and entertainment for them. We also work with outside consultants and businesses to do their sports marketing for them. I also still teach dance on the side.”

What advice do you have for current NAU students?

  • Be open to networking and meeting new people. I have always obtained jobs quickly because of the people I know and the connections they have.
  • Have tremendous initiative and be a self-starter. This shows people that you are able to make key decisions on your own and that you are a leader. It has been my experience that no one will make the opportunities come to you, you have to actively seek them out!
  • Learn from other people’s mistakes and always stay coachable.
  • Don’t be afraid to try to new things! This makes you more marketable and valuable to employers if you have a wide array of different skills.
  • Take as many continuing education classes as you like!!! Learning and knowledge is the key to molding a better world for yourself.
  • Lastly, I find inspiration in everything and keep a log or journal of things that are memorable to me. I’ve been able to track my progress over the years and I can see how far I’ve come, which gives me great motivation to keep going!!

What was your favorite part about NAU Flagstaff?

“My favorite part of NAU in Flagstaff was the charm of the campus and it’s evolution of it’s architectural history portrayed. The different architectural vignettes provided a perfect landscape for learning and inspiration. The campus exudes happiness day in and day out.”

What is Career? Guest post by Laurah Hagen

The clock is ticking. You have 3 seconds to explain your first association with the word “career.” Is it:

  1. A fuzzy future maybe including a stint with the Peace Corps, or graduate school, or Wall Street, or…who has time to think about this?!?
  2. A navy-clad 40-something slouching off to a miserable desk job in a windowless office?
  3. Right here, right now.

If you chose a, or b, this article is for you.

“Career” describes the progress made, actions taken, and work accomplished by a person throughout a lifetime…not just one position. The implication? You already have a career, right now. Choosing to pursue a college degree is part of it. So are the roles you take on to develop your strengths and interests: undergraduate research, fraternity member, part-time employee at Target, singer in Women’s Chorale, Resident Assistant, camp counselor, etc.

Managing your college career with intention helps you to invent and create opportunities for yourself. Down the road, this identity capital and first-hand experience can be leveraged to start your professional career.

But for now, here are 3 tips for rocking your career as a college student:

1. Your career can’t be mapped out on paper…don’t even try.

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“Planning ahead” might sound smart, but creating a 10-year life plan (and expecting to stick to it) is a fast route to an anxiety attack. No “plan” can take into account the variables that shape your life from day to day: a conversation with a mentor that shifts your understanding of a field, an internship that leads to a job offer, a new opportunity introduced to you through your network, etc.

Instead of trying to conform the world to your paper outline, pay attention to the lessons and insights of the moment. Reflect often. Make adjustments based on the new information you gain about yourself, and your options. Remember, a change in plans doesn’t equal a failed plan, just a natural evolution into the next best thing.

 2. Say yes to new opportunities.

career2When Johnny Depp accompanied his friend to an audition he wasn’t looking for a career path…but he agreed to read for a part, and the rest is history. Saying yes to new experiences increases your chances of learning about an opportunity, making a friend, or discovering an interest.

There are hundreds of opportunities to take advantage of at NAU, every semester: Study abroad. Join a club. Go downtown. Talk to the person sitting next to you. Get to know your professors. Volunteer. You never know what door will open next.

 3. Understand that managing your career is your responsibility – and act like it.

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There was a time when your career was managed by your organization. (If this sounds like the 1950’s, it was.) As long as you showed up and worked hard, you could reasonably expect to be groomed for promotions on the clearly-labeled rungs of a career ladder. (Well, as long as you were a man.)

Those days no longer exist. Millennials are changing jobs every 2.2 years on average, exploring different industries, fields, and positions along the way. Some people take a break from the workforce for a “radical sabbatical,” or accept a lateral move (one that does not come with a pay increase) to develop a new skill, or work towards a mission that’s personally significant. So, who’s thinking about the big picture of your career? YOU.

Lead the way in your own life by choosing your commitments with intention. Ask, how will it develop your network, skill, self-awareness, or insight? Will it stretch your boundaries? Look for opportunities to be challenged, and go after them wholeheartedly.

Leap Forward with Lumberjack Alumni Series: Dave Compton

Dave Compton

Political Science, Minor in Accounting

Software Engineer/Technical Architect at AT&T in Chicago

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What was your career plan during college? Did this change once you graduated?

“My reason for attending NAU was to major in forestry. Then I decided I wanted to become a lawyer so majored in PoliSci. After a professor got me an internship for the summer, I rented a trailer from a women that did forest fire fighting in the summer, I decided I didn’t like the lawyer idea. Another professor convinced me to attend Thunderbird down in Glendale. That led me to a career in International Human Resources for about 13 years. I even got my biography in Whos Who in the World/America. I always liked computers so attended graduate classes at Pace University and University of Illinois and started my own business as a Microsoft Solution Provider for about 7 years. Eventually I did some consulting work with AT&T and joined them in 1998. IT is a great career choice because of the demand and there are various areas that don’t all require programming skills.”

What advice do you have for current NAU students?

“A liberal arts degree, in my opinion, still an excellent way to develop job skills. It teaches you to read, write, debate and think! Today, you can get specific job skills via online courses and certificates to specialize in areas in which you might want to work.”

What was your favorite part about NAU Flagstaff?

“Flagstaff was the most beautiful places I have lived and that includes London, Stockholm, New York, Connecticut, San Francisco and a summer in Guadalajara Mexico. I would love to move back there when I retire and use my IT skills to help the University. Go Lumberjacks!”

Experience Through Internships – Guest Post by Courtney

This guest post is by Courtney Prach, our Spring 2015 Graphic Design intern. Just like Courtney, you can find internship opportunities on or off campus to expand your experience and try something new. Not only can you gain a new network and possible references, but you can develop new skills, earn academic credit, and make yourself a better job candidate.

I’m Courtney Prach and I am a recent graduate of Northern Arizona University with a BFA in Visual Communications, emphasis in Graphic Design and a minor in Advertising. I hope to apply my skills towards a career in print design, either pursuing my passion for advertising or working within the creative marketing field.

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I have been working together with the NAU Career Development team this past semester to develop a variety of marketing materials. I have created promotional materials for 4 Career/Job Fairs, as well as designed the Jobs for Jacks banner,the 2015-2016 Career Resource Guide, and a rack card and business card for the team. For each design, I was responsible for establishing a number of mock-ups for review. They would then decide which of the mock-ups they wanted me to continue with and I would revise the pieces, often numerous times, to satisfy everyone’s vision. The result was a wide range of materials for the team to use now and in the future.

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This was my first experience in dealing with branding restrictions set by a marketing team, in my case NAU Marketing. I felt very challenged at times developing ideas, since I was limited in the color palates and typefaces I was allowed to use. Many of the projects I worked on required me to budget my time effectively to meet deadlines. Thus, I learned to make decisions independently about the overall design of pieces while still including feedback. There were times throughout my process that required me to incorporating feedback from up to 3 diverse perspectives, which was difficult to balance. I received a lot of criticism from the team, some of which I did not necessarily agree with, but I overcame the challenge by prioritizing the elements that were most important within my designs. Reflecting upon this experience, I know that overcoming these obstacles has helped me become a better problem-solver within the design field.

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In closing, I want to say thank you to the members of the NAU Career Development team for this invaluable experience and helping me to develop some truly amazing pieces that I will be able to showcase in my personal portfolio. It has truly been an honor to work with all of you.

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Emily Honors our Outstanding Grads

selfieIt’s the end of another year, and today and tomorrow a few thousand NAU grads will start the next chapter in their lives. For NAU Career Development, this weekend is bittersweet, as we are “losing” four of own: three of our CareerJack Peer Mentors Carissa, Erika, and Katie, and our Graduate Assistant Derrin. There has been a lot of celebrating, emotion, and goodbyes over the last week, and they’re probably all ready to move on. But before that happens, I’d like to squeeze in one final (and very public) thank you and farewell.

Carissa and Erika were our two original CareerJacks, and have been on the team longer than anyone, including me and the rest of the full time staff. They’ve weathered mission changes, staff changes, and expansion of their roles, all with smiles, positivity, and enthusiasm for taking on more. They’ve been through an office move to our fantastic new space, and have been integral in helping us build a team identify and establishing Career Development as a robust program at NAU.group frames

Carissa started this blog, which has now had over 30K (yes, thousand) views worldwide! Not a bad accomplishment! She’s run our social media campaigns for three years, making us “older folks” on the team more social media savvy. When we were woefully short staffed last summer, she graciously stepped up to be our first Lead CareerJack, helping me manage the team. She always knows what needs to get done before I can think of it. I’m excited for her research opportunity in New Zealand this summer and the beginning of her graduate studies at NAU next fall.all career jack

Erika was the team’s subject matter expert on Jobs for Jacks, our online recruiting system. If you’ve used Jobs for Jacks, you’ll know that this takes intuition, patience, persistence, great customer service skills, and the ability to laugh when you really just want to cry. As a member of our Employer Relationship Management team, she has interacted with countless individuals, convincing them to recruit our students despite our quirky recruiting system. She played a major role in organizing last fall’s Part Time Job Fair, which over 1400 students attended. If you’ve emailed career@nau.edu, she was likely the one who answered your email, or helped someone formulate their response. It’s been fun to watch her discover her love for international travel over the past two years and I look forward to seeing what direction her career will take her in.KB 3 Collage

Katie joined Career Development 2 ½ years ago, and often balanced her responsibilities here with a second job or internship. This year, she interned at a local organization working with families in crisis. They were so impressed by her that she’ll be working there upon graduation. She’ll also spend a portion of her summer living amongst and serving poor families in Mexico. Katie has already had, and will continue to have, an impact on the world. I will miss her attention to detail. She’s been our official team editor, up until her last hours working here yesterday. She played a big role in planning our first two annual Careers with Impact events and I hope she’ll come back next year as a panelist! She also did much of the heavy lifting behind our ever-growing website.

Derrin joined us last August, and quickly became a valued member of our team. He graciously navigated being on a team with 10 women, including letting us decorate his cube in tacky wedding décor to celebrate his engagement last November. Derrin flourished working one-on-one with students and received a lot of fantastic feedback from them after he helped them hone their resume writing and interview skills. Personally, I enjoyed the fact that Derrin, like me, is a hard core NFL (that’s professional football for the unfamiliar) fan who also appreciates the personal stories behind the players and coaches. I’ll miss our regular debriefs and have my fingers crossed that Derrin will find his dream job working with student athletes.

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I’d originally planned to include copious amounts of advice in this post, but I took up too much space bragging about the awesomeness of these four. So I’ll keep it brief: Dream big, and don’t listen to those who tell you not to. Follow your heart, but make smart decisions. Cherish your family, sadly they won’t be with you forever. Collect friends, you can never have too many. Listen to your intuition, as it’s often your best source of information. Celebrate the successes, and remember how much you learn from the setbacks. Live each day to the fullest, laugh, love, and have fun. And never, ever, use an objective statement on your resume.

You have all been a huge part of my journey. I love and will miss each of you.

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#30FacesOfApril

Check out our fourth and final batch of faces for #30FacesOfApril, a project where we will be featuring 30 NAU students and their college experiences.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? "I see myself doing freelance for NFL network because I want to do TV broadcasting for sports. I love sports, it's in my major, and I love technology." -Aaron, Senior, Electronic Media and Film

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
“I see myself doing freelance for NFL network because I want to do TV broadcasting for sports. I love sports, it’s in my major, and I love technology.” -Aaron, Senior, Electronic Media and Film

If you could give incoming freshman advice, what would it be?  “Stay organized. Write down your assignments for the week and stay on top of it.” –John, Freshman, Creative Media and Film

If you could give incoming freshman advice, what would it be?
“Stay organized. Write down your assignments for the week and stay on top of it.” –John, Freshman, Creative Media and Film

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why? "I wanted to be a dentist more than anything. I'm crazy about cleaning. I was so set on being a dentist that my mom bought me braces because dentists have to have nice teeth." -Ashley, Senior, Public Relations and Advertising

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why? “I wanted to be a dentist more than anything. I’m crazy about cleaning. I was so set on being a dentist that my mom bought me braces because dentists have to have nice teeth.” -Ashley, Senior, Public Relations and Advertising

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? "A teacher, I wanted to be a teacher." -Dr. Cheng, NAU President

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“A teacher, I wanted to be a teacher.” -Dr. Cheng, NAU President

How have your career plans changed throughout college?  "Coming into college I was undeclared and didn't know what to do. After taking a couple of classes I found out what I truly wanted to do! I fit right in with the people in the School of Communication so I decided to major in Public Relations and minor in Advertising! I fell in love with the program and couldn't see myself anywhere else!" -Turner, Junior, Public Relations

How have your career plans changed throughout college?
“Coming into college I was undeclared and didn’t know what to do. After taking a couple of classes I found out what I truly wanted to do! I fit right in with the people in the School of Communication so I decided to major in Public Relations and minor in Advertising! I fell in love with the program and couldn’t see myself anywhere else!” -Turner, Junior, Public Relations

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why? "When I was younger I wanted to be a dog trainer because I had a puppy that I grew up with and he was my best friend. I just figured what could be better than being around dogs all day? Plus it was the closest thing I could think of that was somewhat similar to a Pokémon trainer." -April, Sophomore, Criminology and Criminal Justice

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
“When I was younger I wanted to be a dog trainer because I had a puppy that I grew up with and he was my best friend. I just figured what could be better than being around dogs all day? Plus it was the closest thing I could think of that was somewhat similar to a Pokémon trainer.” -April, Sophomore, Criminology and Criminal Justice

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why? “I wanted to be an astronaut. I had a deep fascination with space.” –William, Freshman, Parks and Recreation Management

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
“I wanted to be an astronaut. I had a deep fascination with space.” –William, Freshman, Parks and Recreation Management

#30FacesOfApril

Check out our third batch of faces for #30FacesOfApril, a project where we will be featuring 30 NAU students and their college experiences

If you could give your freshman-self advice, what would it be? "Don't be afraid to reach out and network with people because so many doors open when you do that." -Herbie, Senior, Computer Science

If you could give your freshman-self advice, what would it be?
“Don’t be afraid to reach out and network with people because so many doors open when you do that.” -Herbie, Senior, Computer Science

How have your career plans changed throughout college? “I came to college as a Psychology major, but by the end of my Freshman year I switched to Speech-Language Pathology and loved the classes.  Now that I’m a year away from graduation I plan to get my Masters and pursue either a Doctorate in Audiology or Occupational Therapy.” –Ana, Junior, Speech-Language Pathology

How have your career plans changed throughout college?
“I came to college as a Psychology major, but by the end of my Freshman year I switched to Speech-Language Pathology and loved the classes. Now that I’m a year away from graduation, I plan to get my Masters and pursue either a Doctorate in Audiology or Occupational Therapy.” –Ana, Junior, Speech-Language Pathology

As a child, what did you want to be when you grow up? Why?  “I wanted to be either a volcanologist or a train conductor. Both seemed awesome. Volcanologists get to see active volcanoes and train conductors get to go on rails all day and just drive. It seems calm.” –Luis, Junior, Electronic Media and Film

As a child, what did you want to be when you grow up? Why?
“I wanted to be either a volcanologist or a train conductor. Both seemed awesome. Volcanologists get to see active volcanoes and train conductors get to go on rails all day and just drive. It seems calm.” –Luis, Junior, Electronic Media and Film

As a child, what did you want to be when you grow up? Why?”  “Growing up, I wanted to be 2 things. A police officer and a marine biologist. I wanted to be a police officer because I thought that protecting people from my neighborhood was important and police officers didn’t always do that where I grew up so I wanted to be that change. I wanted to be a marine biologist because I love dolphins and I wanted to study aquatic life to help make a sustainable environment.” –Yoleidy, Assistant Director for Inclusion and Multicultural Services

As a child, what did you want to be when you grow up? Why?”
“Growing up, I wanted to be 2 things. A police officer and a marine biologist. I wanted to be a police officer because I thought that protecting people from my neighborhood was important and police officers didn’t always do that where I grew up so I wanted to be that change. I wanted to be a marine biologist because I love dolphins and I wanted to study aquatic life to help make a sustainable environment.” –Yoleidy, Assistant Director for Inclusion and Multicultural Services

What has been the most meaningful experience of college so far? “I have many. There’s the time I was homeless for an entire summer. I’m an out of state student and had to figure things out on my own. My friend Josh took me in and helped me power through. He introduced me to our interest group trying to start a fraternity, which we did. We started the first Lambda Phi Epsilon chapter in the entire state of Arizona. From the moment I was taken in, a sheer amount of possibilities opened up for me. I got to travel to New York, Florida, and California. That’s a long ways away from home as an island boy of Maui and Guam.” –Angelo, Senior, Sociology

What has been the most meaningful experience of college so far?
“I have many. There’s the time I was homeless for an entire summer. I’m an out of state student and had to figure things out on my own. My friend Josh took me in and helped me power through. He introduced me to our interest group trying to start a fraternity, which we did. We started the first Lambda Phi Epsilon chapter in the entire state of Arizona. From the moment I was taken in, a sheer amount of possibilities opened up for me. I got to travel to New York, Florida, and California. That’s a long ways away from home as an island boy of Maui and Guam.” –Angelo, Senior, Sociology

What has been the most meaningful experience of college so far? “Going to World Model United Nations with the NAU MUN team and meeting people from 117 countries around the world who are all dedicated to creating global change.” –Connor, Junior, Political Science

What has been the most meaningful experience of college so far?
“Going to World Model United Nations with the NAU MUN team and meeting people from 117 countries around the world who are all dedicated to creating global change.” –Connor, Junior, Political Science

How have your career plans changed throughout college? “At first I thought I wanted to do Physical therapy, but after doing some research and taking classes I changed to Exercise Science.” –Taylor, Freshman, Exercise Science

How have your career plans changed throughout college?
“At first I thought I wanted to do Physical therapy, but after doing some research and taking classes I changed to Exercise Science.” –Taylor, Freshman, Exercise Science

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