Get the most out of your college experience

Adjusting to a new campus, roommate, courses, and routine can take a fair amount of time and patience. Here are some tips to help you maximize your time with Northern Arizona University and get the most out of your college experience.

  • Get involved — Social groups and events are a core part of your college experience. Just glance at Freshman Connection Events, Northern Arizona University’s campus calendar, or the student newspaper to find out what's happening.
  • Get organizedTake some time to keep track of what's going on. A planner or pad of sticky notes can help you remember important stuff like phone numbers, homework due dates, assignments, and plans for the weekend.
  • Visit a new place with friends — exploring your new home away from home with friends you can spend time with and confide in can help make your transition from home a little easier. You will meet new people and maybe even find a favorite hangout.
  • Write in a journal or diary— Try writing in a journal or diary. Just write down what's on your mind, and over time, you can reflect on what you wrote and see how far you've come.
  • Volunteer — Give back by volunteering to work with students at an elementary school or serve as a Big Brother or Big Sister. You will build new relationships and enjoy the satisfaction of helping others.
  • Set goals — Write down what you want to accomplish and commit yourself to working towards your goals. Your attitude and confidence will improve as you progress.