Hunters find themselves prepared for life after graduation
Twins often end up being very different
people. One exception to this rule might
be Maria and Megan Hunter, two sisters set to graduate from Northern Arizona
University who share positive experiences from their collegiate careers.
Megan, a psychology major, and Maria, a criminal
justice major, both chose NAU after moving to Anthem during their junior years
of high school. Originally from Pickerington, Ohio, the Hunter sisters felt NAU
would provide them with a small-town environment and a nice mixture of seasons,
both of which reminded them of their hometown.
Maria says NAU offered the most to the sisters, who were looking to branch out on their own but still remain close to family.
wanted to stay in Arizona with our parents,” Maria says. “Out of the available
options, NAU was the best choice for us.”
chose to study criminal justice in order to reach her goal of one day becoming
a lawyer, and cites Rebecca Maniglia, an assistant professor, and Professor
Robert Schehr as her two favorite teachers within the department due to their
passion and dedication to their craft. Megan, on the other hand, decided to
focus her studies on psychology so she can one day work in higher education as
either a mentor or adviser.
they weren’t studying, both girls were actively involved in the the university. Megan joined the psychology club, which further acclimatized her to
the department, and also worked as both a sales associate at the NAU Bookstore
and a peer mentor in the Successful Transition and Academic Readiness (STAR)
Program, which helps incoming students adjust to college life prior to their
says the twins participated in the STAR Program prior to their senior year of
high school; being apart from their parents was difficult at first,
but eventually the program eased the transition and became an integral part of their lives.
“We got over our homesickness, made new
friends, and got acclimatized before school even started,” Maria says. “We
loved it so much, both my sister and I ended up working at the Multicultural
Student Center and with the STAR program as peer mentors during and after the
program. We thought it was a great experience and wanted others to have just as
great of a time as we did.”
who worked with her sister as part of the STAR Program and at the NAU
Bookstore, served as the Director of Social Media for the Enrollment Management
and Student Affairs (EMSA) office and a student manager at the Health and
the girls weren’t working, however, they were still giving back through various
organizations around the Flagstaff community. Both sisters spent many a
volunteer hour with the STAR Program on that organization’s many events.
Separately, Maria worked at the Murdoch Community Center doing clerical tasks
that helped organize data and activities for the center’s director. During her junior year, Megan volunteered at
the Flagstaff Food Bank where she worked behind the scenes preparing and
their undergraduate years are coming to an end, both sisters are prepared to
move forward and pursue their separate goals. The Hunter sisters agree that
taking advantage of the university’s many opportunities have helped them learn
and grow as individuals.
says being a part of Flagstaff and
university extracurricular activities made it possible for her to learn and
grow as a person, and encourages incoming students to participate in any way
they can to get the most out of their college experience.
advice would be to get involved,” Megan says. “The college experience is
much more exciting when you step outside your comfort zone and try something
new, and NAU provided that for me.”