Honors Ambassadors

  • jessie 2013

    Jessie Gould

    Major:
    English
    Minor:
    Biology, Japanese
    Year at NAU:
    Senior
    Hometown:
    Phoenix, AZ
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    By the time senior year of high school rolled around, I had no idea what to do.  I didn't have the finances to go out of state, but I knew that I had to get out of the Phoenix heat!  I applied to and accepted my offer from NAU without even seeing the campus first because NAU already felt like home.  Come orientation, I was able to look around and get an idea of what I had signed up for.  I am proud to say that it has lived up to and gone beyond my expectations of what a university should be.

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    I have always been inclined to be competitive when it comes to academics, and I knew that I wanted to do something challenging and thought-provoking in college.  The Honors Program was just a natural progression from high school.  I made my first friends during the Honors Program events in the first week of school, and we’ve remained close through these years. The class discussions are invaluable and I’ve loved being a part of this community. The Program is such a big part of my life now that I cannot image what college would have been like without it!

     

  • Samantha 2013

    Samantha White

    Major:
    Hotel and Restaurant Management
    Minor:
    Spanish
    Year at NAU:
    Senior
    Hometown:
    Phoenix, AZ
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    The first time I toured NAU, I was given a tour of the R&D Lab, and as a science major I found it the most fascinating aspect of my entire trip.  After that my choice to come to NAU was a sealed.

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    Growing up I always took honors classes, and so thus continuing on that path seemed the obvious choice for college.  Choosing honors was a great decision; because, it provided me with intimate classroom settings, professors who really care about your progress, and wonderful friendships.

     

  • Kendal 2013

    Kendal Flegenheimer

    Major:
    Biomedical Science
    Minor:
    Chemistry
    Year at NAU:
    Senior
    Hometown:
    Chandler, AZ
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    I wanted to stay in-state to utilize scholarship opportunities and ensure an easy transfer of dual enrollment credits.  Between the 3 in-state universities, NAU was the clear choice for me!  It's the perfect distance from home, it's smaller in size, and it's simply beautiful.

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    I am a person who is very self-motivated, and I wanted to continue challenging myself. I like having smaller classes that are more discussion-based. Also, I thought it would be a great way to meet new people.

     

  • Ashley 2013

    Ashley Dzurnak

    Major:
    Psychology
    Minor:
    Chemistry
    Year at NAU:
    Senior
    Hometown:
    Chandler, AZ
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    Northern Arizona University seemed to fit me perfectly with the smaller size, the distance from my home, the promise of snow, and an array of new outdoor activities!

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    The Honors Program allowed me to meet new people who are as dedicated to their school work as I am. I have made new friends, while enjoying the challenge that the Program has designed.

     

  • Astrid 2013

    Astrid Price

    Major:
    International Affairs
    Minor:
    Art History and Spanish
    Year at NAU:
    Senior
    Hometown:
    Lake Forrest, California
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    I chose NAU because of its beautiful campus, my acceptance into the Honors Program, my desired major was WUE, and Flagstaff is close enough to home that I could visit whenever I had a free weekend.

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    I've been an honors student almost my whole life and I wanted to continue challenging myself academically at college. I'm also planning on going to law school and I figure that graduating from NAU's Honors program would give me an extra competitive edge.

     

  • Colton 2013

    Colton Ames

    Major:
    Secondary Education in History and International Affairs
    Minor:
    Religious Studies
    Year at NAU:
    Junior
    Hometown:
    Cortland, NY
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    I really needed to return to a small town atmosphere. I grew up in a small college town and I knew that that was what I needed to go back to for my education. Plus, NAU is one of the best universities for future teachers!!

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    I wanted to be part of something here that would allow me to form friendships and special bonds while I was away from home. I love the sense of community that the Honors Program offers!

     

  • Sidney 2013

    Sidney Michl

    Major:
    Environmental Science
    Year at NAU:
    Junior
    Hometown:
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    I love that NAU is located in such a beautiful and down-to-earth town. Flagstaff is full of a ton of nice people, and NAU offers so many of perks on its own. The small campus and classroom sizes are extremely appealing to me, as well as its proximity to many outdoor adventures and home (not too close but not too far!)

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    I love the motivation and mental challenge that NAU's Honors program instills in me. I have always been in AP or advanced classes throughout my life so joining the program here at NAU was something I decided without hesitation. I love the community of Honors students and professors and the welcoming classes that if offers.

     

  • Alexis 2013

    Alexis Rigoni

    Major:
    English
    Year at NAU:
    Junior
    Hometown:
    Santa Ana, CA
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    NAU has a great English program and a great Biology program, and I needed both because Biology was almost my major. Also, I wanted to experience a place where there are four seasons, unlike where I live in Orange County. Because NAU is on the west coast, I was able to be a part of the WUE program. This was also a deciding factor in coming to NAU.

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    NAU is a relatively big college and I wanted to get to know students in a closer-knit group that have similar academic interests. I also wanted the opportunity to get the best education possible while at NAU, and I feel that the Honors program has given me that opportunity.

     

  • Amber 2013

    Amber McMillan

    Major:
    Biology
    Year at NAU:
    Junior
    Hometown:
    Chandler, AZ
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    I fell in love with the campus. I had visited colleges all around California and the other western states but when I came to NAU I felt like it was home.

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    I felt that it would be an great and overall beneficial way to challenge myself. I loved the idea of having smaller classes and discussion based classes. I felt that the smaller class setting would allow me to be able to be able to better express my opinions while being able to learn from others. The majority of my classes are large lectures and being able to turn around and go to a small class that challenge me and allows me to learn about myself was just what I needed.

     

  • Kristy 2013

    Kristy Silva

    Major:
    Social Work
    Minor:
    Psychology
    Year at NAU:
    Sophomore
    Hometown:
    Phoenix
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    I decided to attend NAU because it was a way for me to get the "away from home" experience without going too far or paying out-of-state tuition. Once I visited the campus I knew that I could not see myself anywhere else and felt attached to its welcoming vibe and green surroundings.

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    I joined the Honors program because I wanted to be challenged not just academically but intellectually in general. I also loved the idea of having smaller class sizes, interesting Honors courses, and the opportunity to develop my writing skills.

     

  • Becky 2013

    Rebecca Hutchison

    Major:
    Secondary Education and English
    Year at NAU:
    Senior
    Hometown:
    Kingman, Arizona
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    I decided to go to NAU because Flagstaff is beautiful, the class sizes are relatively small compared to other state schools, they have a pretty great hands-on science secondary education program which really caught my eye, and it’s close to home.

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    I decided to join Honors because I had always challenged myself in high school in honors classes and NAU's Honors program looked like a rigorous, yet interesting, change of pace from those classes. I was hooked on the small, seminar classes and the wide range of topics. I also thought it was a fantastic opportunity to be able to live in Cowden with the Honor's program right downstairs.

     

  • Karlee 2013

    Karlee King

    Major:
    Biomedical Science, Chemistry Pre-Health
    Minor:
    Chemistry
    Year at NAU:
    Sophomore
    Hometown:
    Mesa, Arizona
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    I really wanted to stay in Arizona to attend a university. I visited NAU and fell in love with the campus and the atmosphere of Flagstaff. The smaller campus and many programs that NAU had to offer made it my first and only choice for college. I was also excited about the change in weather from my hometown, and the promise of snow and skiing!

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    I became interested in the Honors program because I had been an Honors student throughout High School. It seemed like a great way to challenge myself and set me apart from the rest of my peers when applying to Medical School in the future. Hearing about the smaller class sizes and different honors events seemed like a fun way to make new friends and become part of a tight-knit community. Having the opportunity to get to know your professors and have class discussions was the perfect transition into college.

     

  • Leigh 2013

    Leigh Kimble

    Major:
    English
    Year at NAU:
    Sophomore
    Hometown:
    Tucson, AZ
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    I chose NAU because of the sense of community and friendly atmosphere. Everyone on this campus is so helpful and nice: students always hold open the door for each other, and professors are passionate about what they do and are always willing to help. In addition, NAU has the resources and size of a large university, but the feel of a small one. You don't get lost in the crowd here, unlike other large universities. It's simple to find a small community where you belong, but still feel like part of the larger NAU community. It's so easy to feel at home at NAU, and to feel like you truly belong.

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    Joining Honors was an easy decision for me. I loved doing honors in high school, and college would be no different. I was eager to not waste any time at college, and I wanted to push myself and get the most out of the academics NAU had to offer. I wanted to challenge myself, but also find people and fit into a community of the same academic focus. With Honors at NAU, you not only receive academic growth and advantages, but the Honors professors and students as well.

     

  • Carrie 2013

    Carrie Bindschadler

    Major:
    English
    Year at NAU:
    Sophomore
    Hometown:
    Tucson, AZ
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    I decided to go to NAU because it was far enough away from home without being too far away. From the moment I set foot on campus I fell in love with the weather and pine trees that surround the area. I also appreciate the smaller class sizes and generally friendly atmosphere that NAU provides me.

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    I chose to join the Honors Program because I have always loved to learn and I felt that the Honors Program would help me to learn more by giving me the opportunity to take small discussion based classes. The Honors Program surpassed all of my expectations: not only have I enjoyed the academics but I have also found a great community full of exceptional people.

     


  • Richard 2013

    Richard Frische

    Major:
    Psychology, Communication Studies
    Year at NAU:
    Sophomore
    Hometown:
    Mesa, AZ
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    I initially decided on NAU solely for financial reasons (they’re the only in-state university that locks in tuition for four years!), but after I came here I discovered all of the other reasons why this school was a great fit for me.

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    I joined Honors because I was invited into the program and I was attracted to the small class sizes.

     

  • Vicoria 2013

    Victoria Lopez

    Major:
    Psychology and Biology
    Year at NAU:
    Sophomore
    Hometown:
    Peoria, Arizona
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    I went on a tour my junior year of high school and automatically knew that NAU was the place for me. The tight-knit community really appealed to me and I knew that the teachers and staff really did care about my education, not just my money.

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    I was an honors student throughout high school and wasn't quite sure if it was something I wanted to do at the university level. After speaking with some Honors Ambassadors, I realized the benefits of the program outweighed any doubts.  Once I was in the program, I knew I would stay for good. The small class sizes, one on one teacher support, peer support, and early enrollment are just some of the reasons why I love Honors so much.

     

  • Emma 2013

    Emma Frey

    Major:
    Elementary and Special Education
    Year at NAU:
    Sophomore
    Hometown:
    Phoenix, AZ
    Why I decided to attend NAU:

    I absolutely love the atmosphere, people, sense of community, and everything else about Flagstaff and NAU. Being from the Phoenix area, I wanted a change of environment but also wanted to be somewhat close to home, and NAU offered the perfect combination. The medium sized campus, small class sizes, great programs for my major, amazing professors, and countless other incredible opportunities the school and community offer have made NAU the perfect place to be. I am so grateful to be a Lumberjack!

     

    Why I joined Honors:

    Participating in honors classes before college made me want to continue on that path at NAU. I really appreciate the special course opportunities, smaller class sizes, fostering of personal growth, and countless other benefits that Honors provides. The Honors Program also offers a unique sense of community within the larger community of NAU which has been a true asset during my college experience.