Northern Arizona University, better known as U of A, is one of the most laid back schools in the country. Now, some of you are going to say, “but yea, I went to Humboldt University and that was the most laid back school every!”. Fact of the matter is there is no right or wrong answer. I’m sure they’re both respectively laid back but I know what the hell I’m talking about when it comes to college campuses, so I win! OK, just kidding about that, I’m going to change my statement to the most laid back school in Arizona… that I know you can not argue with. So what’s U of A really like? We interviewed an alumni that was on a lot of different boards and has many experiences to share with you, his name is Herb. No, seriously, his name is Herb.
Me: Herb! What’s up buddy, I’m writing this cool blog to inform people about campus life at different colleges around Arizona. I couldn’t think of anyone better than you to explain what campus life was like at NAU! So lets get right to it, what was Norther Arizona University like?
Herb: Thanks man, I appreciate the consideration for this interview. It was an easy choice for me to pick this school because I grew up in Flagstaff, not too far where the campus is located. I knew some older kids that went there and it seemed like a really awesome and laid back school, I was sold! So once I got there, it was pretty much what I had expected. The best way I can explain it is that a school like Arizona State University has a student population of about 100,000 students, and about 90,000 of them drink heavily. That might be an extreme over statement but you get the picture I’m trying to paint. Basically it seems like 9 out of 10 students at that campus drink. At my campus, it was more like 3 out of 10… But when it comes to smoking pot, I would say about 9 out of 10 students toke it up. That’s the major difference and kind of the vibe you can expect to experience. Everyone is laid back, cool, and focuses on what’s important which is building relationships, having fun, and graduating.
Me: Thanks that is a seriously awesome way to describe the campus life there. So with that kind of culture, what do most students do?
Herb: There’s a wide diversity of different clubs and sports to get into on campus. It’s pretty much like any other school in that sense because there is a huge and welcoming social presence. For the most part you have small groups of kids that are into anything from Frisbee-Golf to playing reggae music. No one really judges you, everyone’s more about freedom of expression and finding themselves. I don’t want to make Norther Arizona University seem like hippy town, there’s definitely a fair share of raging parties and cool stuff like that going on, it’s just not what the school is centered on like some of the other bigger schools in Arizona.
Me: Well, thank you for those insights brother. I feel like other people will have deeper understanding of what to expect if they decide to go to school there. Speaking of school, how difficult was the curriculum?
Herb: Just like any other school, college is tough. You can’t cheat as much as you could in high school and the material is all pretty much the same as other schools as far as difficulty is concerned. Definitely expect to study if you go there.
Me: Awesome, well I think our times run out but I appreciate you getting together with me to speak on your school.
Herb: No problem man! Thanks for meeting with me to hear my story.
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