Awkward freshmen moments, Freshmen students made it through their first week on Northern Arizona University’s campus.
By Alyssa Tilley
Since turning in their applications this past fall, the time that many anxious freshmen have been waiting for has finally arrived. This past week, they stepped onto Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) campus, took a deep breath and started their new journey; their first year of college.
Many students had different reasons for choosing NAU. Rachel Meyer, a freshman biomedical major, says she knew she would love being over 7,000 feet above sea level, because it allows people to “see the stars.”
“NAU is close enough to home ,” says Amber George, a freshman journalism major from Tucson, “but also far enough away.”
As the freshmen adjust to college life, they also have the opportunity to explore the new environment around them. Flagstaff and its surrounding area has multiple attractions for NAU students to explore, such as discovering downtown Flagstaff, attending events like First Friday Art Walks, mapping out the best places to eat and discovering the culture that many of the older students at NAU have fallen in love with. For the more adventurous students, there are multiple attractions outside of Flagstaff such as hiking the many trails and skiing or snowboarding at Snowbowl.
However, freshmen may have to find their way around campus first before they can explore the city. Losing their sense of direction is just one of the many awkward moments freshman might endure during the first few weeks of school. For Meyer, the awkwardness started during move-in weekend when she met her roommate by “walking in on her saying goodbye to her family and everyone was crying,” after which she proceeded to just stand there. However, she and her roommate later became friends and continued to bond through the process of breaking their microwave.
For Kaleigh Hall, a freshman business management major, her embarrassing moment took place on the bus. Hall had the pleasure of making a new friend when a guy sat on her in the crowded bus to South Campus.
“It was really crowded and he fell on top of me,” Hall says. “The empty space he was standing in filled up so he couldn’t get up for a while. It was awesome and I made a new friend.”
Freshmen have also been experiencing memorable moments in their classes. According to Lindsey Shields, a freshman English secondary education major, Professor James Manley caused a stir in her class.
“He started class by encouraging students to interact with each other by getting up and doing the Cha Cha slide,” Shields says. “The energy released the tension of being in a new environment. Seeing people participate helped [me] feel more at ease.”
Samantha Berlin, a freshman psychology major, has been enjoying her women’s gender studies class taught by Professor Jennifer Musial.
“We watched the documentary, The Great Sperm Race,” Berlin says, “and we read and discussed such interesting things.”
Jerad Kral, a freshman English major, described his favorite moment so far as “discovering the indescribably fetching flavor of the Cocoa Puff marshmallow treat in the Hotspot.” Kral is very happy with his decision in choosing to come to NAU.
Meyer determined that her favorite moment was when she was with friends in an elevator.
“A guy walked in with his amazingly bushy beard,” Meyer says. “I asked him to pet it and he let me.” She says that moment showed her NAU is a place where people can accept her weirdness.
Cocoa Puff marshmallow treats and bushy beards are memorable, but making friends seem to be the overall accomplishment that freshmen are cherishing. Berlin said her favorite moment at NAU was the moment she realized she had made friends who she can see herself hanging out with for a while. Berlin described them as “friends who will last.”