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Welcome to Lumberjack Country. I’m Roxanne, an alumnus and current human relations grad student, and along with three staff liaisons, I’m here to help you adjust to your college experience at Northern Arizona University. Originally created my sophomore year of college as an online scrapbook, life-as-a-lumberjack has now amassed over 800 followers and has an amazing support network in lumberjacks. So, whether you’re a prospect, student, alumnus, or parent, we welcome inquiries, testimony, and any lumberjack fighting spirit. And remember, even when your tassel has turned, you’re a lumberjack for life.
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Everyone is talking about how pretty this scenery is and all I can think is ‘death trap, death trap.’
wanted to know:
Hello, So I'm going to be a freshmen in the fall of 2014 and I'm actually really excited but I'm super nervous about the whole roommate thing. Do we get matched to someone like us orrrr just random???
I think it has an inventory matching people with similar preferences to another. You can also pick your own if you know someone.
Everything is better in retrospect, I tell ya.
- Tumblr has a way bigger presence now than it did a few years back. When I was in my second year, I had my friends lock me out of Facebook. Today, they’d have to lock me out of everrrrything. Luckily, there’s an app for that. Stayfocusd is a Chrome extension that blocks you from certain sites for a selected amount of time. Leechblock does the same for Firefox.
- For the love of God, get some sleep. People try too hard to get everything done in one run. For some, it works. For others, it leads to a risky decline in the quality of their work.
- Try to make a preemptive schedule of when and what you’ll be studying or working on. You will deviate from this schedule (I promise you), but it introduces at least the outline of structure.
- Make time to do something you enjoy and give yourself some leisure time. If you tell yourself your life is going to be miserable, your mood is going to suffer because of it. Working hard is important, but so is giving yourself a break.
- Talk to your professors. Right now. If you have concerns, today is the day to do it. Not when you’ve flunked your finals and spend the rest of Winter Break sulking.
- Find somewhere peaceful to study. The dorms were always a no-no for me because it was easy for me to turn on the tv and get distracted. Instead, I used residential computer labs, the South Learning Center, Cline (ugh), and even the Hot Spot (off-peak hours) as steady spaces to get things done.
- Study groups are only helpful if you actually study. I had a blast my senior year studying with my friends, but I could afford it. I had a better mastery of the material than my friends, and because of all our talking (and lack of studying), their grades didn’t improve much.
- Caffeine isn’t always the best crutch. Alcohol can be one of the worst.
- Your mental health is important. Take care of it. I didn’t as much my second year and it made things pretty ugly.
- Eat well. My freshman year, the only food I had in my room during my first set of finals were fortune cookies. I didn’t want to take time to walk to the Union. This made me particularly grumpy and unable to focus.
- Procrastination is your worst enemy. Whether or not you do your work, it’s still due. Ignoring it will not make it disappear.
- Get some exercise. The HLC was a mega expensive fee during my undergrad and I only had access to it my senior year. Pleaseeee take advantage of the $200+ semester fee I had to pay for several years. Chances are you’re still paying it, too.
- Review session available for class? GO. Extra credit? DO IT (if necessary and possible)
- Some classes are less worry-worthy. For example, I’m taking EPS 611 (Adolescent Psych) and have a 99.7. In my Stats class, I have a 92, and my final exam is three parts and four hours long. My radar is definitely centered on what could potentially shift most, which is that tricky 92.
- Call mom. Venting is a super powerful coping mechanism. I’m 22 and I still do it. And you know what she tells me? “You’ve got six months til you graduate,” which brings me to my last thought…
- Count forward. How many days until your semester ends? My senior year, I had sticky notes on my window counting the days until graduation. Now I’m counting the days until I go to LA. Thirteen days and counting. You’re almost there.
Have a good rest of the semester, Jacks!
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