I can’t believe my first semester at Naz is almost over already! I’ve found so many things I love about this school in just a few short weeks, and I’m so excited to find more aspects over the next few years I have here. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, here are some things I’m very thankful for at Naz.
The Location: I love that Naz isn’t in the middle of the city of Rochester. The location is perfect, with Pittsford Village being a walk away (which means Pittsford Dairy is just within reach). The Erie Canal is also just down the road. There are so many great ways to get off campus without being too far away, but whenever I’m craving some coffee that’s pretty enough to put on my Snapchat, a garbage plate that’s (almost) big enough for two, or the energy of the city, Rochester is only a quick drive away. Knowing I’m not permanently stuck in either the quiet of the village or the commotion of the city is one of the best things about the location of Naz.
Tunnels, Tunnels, Tunnels: Being from North Dakota, I’m definitely used to freezing cold temps and lots of snow, but that doesn’t mean I love being outside when it’s like that. This is where the tunnels come in. Unfortunately, the tunnels don’t go to the arts center (my second home), but not having to be outside for my entire seven minute walk is good enough for me! Not only are the tunnels heated, but they’re just so much more convenient. Plus, I love seeing the murals dedicated to different groups and causes at Naz when I’m walking down there.
The Dungeon: I absolutely love the weird corner basement area of the music department, lovingly known as The Dungeon. Everyone meets down there, not only to practice, but to hang out or do homework before our next class or ensemble. The dungeon holds a special place in my heart because that’s where I met the other members of the percussion studio on move-in day, and those percussionists are some of my favorite people here at Naz. After a long day, I know I can go down there and practice to my heart’s content, and I’m forever grateful to have a sanctuary like that on campus.
The Opportunities: The connections that you can get from being a student at Naz are unbelievable. The Campus Activities Board is so good at finding events and concerts that students can go to either for free, or just about five dollars. Just this semester, I was able to travel to Indianapolis for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (or PASIC, for short) where I was able to go to clinics and workshops on how to become not only a better musician, but a better person. Without the help of Naz, I don’t know if that would have even been a possibility for me!
My New Family: I am so thankful for the people I’ve met in my first semester here. It started with my suitemates and roommate, who are genuinely some of the most understanding and funniest people to be around. From blasting One Direction in the car during Wegman’s runs, to ordering Chinese food and watching movies in our rooms, it’s never a dull moment in our suite! Outside of my room, I have met some truly amazing people who are so supportive and loving, and I thank my lucky stars everyday for bringing us all together at Naz.