Marina Davis



“My dad owns his own company, and I want to be like him. So, I decided to major in business. I came to NAU because they offered the best financial aid.

“I love to play sports with my friends, go to the movies, go shopping and listen to Beyoncé. One of my hobbies is playing guitar.

“I’m slowly adjusting to college life. Even though it was hard at first, I learned to appreciate it.

“Something that sets me apart from other students is that I was born and raised in Spain and barely knew any English when I came to the United States. I still managed to get the Lumberjack scholarship and take honors classes though.

“My favorite part of being here so far is my Spanish class. This semester, I’m most excited to go home for Christmas and see my family.”

Hayden Earll

Biomedical Science

Chandler, Arizona

"I came to NAU for the Lumberjack scholarship, and I’m most excited for the weather up here.

“In my free time, I like to hang out with friends and partake in soccer.

“Adjusting to college life was actually really easy. I thought it was going to be a little tricky, but I was wrong. I’m also really enjoying not having to wake up early for classes.”

Ashly Sahawneh

Biomedical Science

Kingman, Arizona

“I’m majoring in biomedical science, because I want to be a surgical physician’s assistant. I really like NAU and Flagstaff. I like the nature vibe it has here.

“So far, my favorite part of being here is the weather, and I’m really excited to see some snow.

“I’m also going to try to get involved with the club softball team later in the year.”

Rose Bycott

Interior Design

Glendale, Arizona

“I started out with wanting to go into the medical field and realized very quickly that I didn’t like blood. I’ve always had a thing for design work though.

“I came to NAU because both of my parents went here. This is actually where they first met.

“I’m really excited for everything this semester. I love the weather, and I’m excited for snow. It’s just a new experience.

“I love Old Main. It’s so nice to go at night and look at the stars. It’s such an amazing place.

“I haven’t joined any clubs yet, but I’m looking at some. I’m also thinking about studying abroad over the summer.”

Kayvon Bashar


San Diego, California

“I want to go to law school, and I’ve gotten advice from other lawyers that business is a good major for that.

“I chose NAU because I like the small campus, and I love the environment. I used to go camping all the time when I was a Boy Scout. California schools are also expensive, and this is not too far away. But, it’s far enough.

“I like how close everything is on campus. I have to be better at managing my time, because in San Diego, everything is like a ten minute drive, and now it’s like a five minute walk. I’m excited to meet new people and have new experiences.

Johan Swart


Phoenix, Arizona

“I haven’t exactly decided what major best fits my personality, so I’m looking forward to figuring out what it is I want to do with my life.

“I chose NAU because I loved the weather and the scenery on campus.

“In my free time, I like to go to the gym, play video games, hang out with friends or just learn new things about cars and the medical field.

“Apart from being 6-foot-6, my determination is what makes me stand out from others, because if I want something, I will do anything to achieve it.

“I would have to say that I’m really enjoying the independence of college life, and I’m adjusting pretty well. I’m taking things one step at a time, and that helps quite a bit.”