At five days into my senior year, I have many thoughts on my mind and a never-ending to-do list. I only have one more year of working, studying, and spending time with all the people around me. But after that, what’s next?
I am pleased to announce that I will join Northern Arizona University’s class of 2023 in Flagstaff, Arizona. I will be majoring in Modern Languages and potentially minoring in something else (criminology and criminal justice is what I am currently leaning towards).
I first stumbled across Northern Arizona University early in my junior year when I was looking for colleges in the west that had degrees in more than one language. NAU certainly has a strong exchange program and it caught my attention quickly. I began digging and soon found that it was very strong in diversity and culture- exactly what I was looking for.
Before I left to Peru, I applied and got my acceptance notification two days later, approximately the same time I landed a job at Starbucks. However, I waited to accept my offer until I visited the school, as I was also still considering University of New Mexico.
I flew directly from Lima to Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 3rd. When I landed, my parents picked me up in our RV and we checked out the campus. I liked how much they offered in terms of languages, but I wasn’t a big fan of the city. I eventually completed dropped the idea of going there after a professor had a real talk with us about campus safety; apparently you can’t even walk alone as a woman.
We soon travelled on to Flagstaff, where we looked at NAU’s campus and talked with an admissions officer (honestly, the staff here is so kind and helpful). We started from the north campus and worked our way to the Walkup Skydome, where all the NAU football games are. Little did I know that they have a tradition of cutting a wooden ‘cookie’ from a log after every touchdown. I suppose we are the lumberjacks after all.
Honestly, I fell in love with this school and its atmosphere. Plus, Flagstaff is super cold, just the way I like it. It’s also a fantastic city- not too big- and full of fun things to do, as well as many awesome day trips (Grand Canyon anyone?). I decided to commit immediately. I am definitely looking forward to starting here; it will be a grand adventure!
As always, stay tuned for more adventures. In less than a year, my NAU experiences will be up here, but as for now, thank you for all the continued support. And remember, go Jacks go!