SBS Academic Services and Advising at NAU

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Happy summer SBS people!

You’ve probably settled into the groove of summer and the swing of relaxation, but then it hit you…summer classes started this week!  The first day of catching up on coursework, getting ahead, or just making yourself crazy with summer school is here!  Truly, though, summer is a great time to catch up on all kinds of things. 

You’re not taking summer classes or completing an internship, but you have a ton of free time. What will make your summer stand out? 

A great thing to do in the summer is spend some time volunteering!  This is absolutely experience that can go on your resume and always is a plus because you are making a connection with a community and likely learning something about yourself! 

You might be asking, oh wise advisor, how do I find volunteer opportunities?  Well, wise student, there are endless opportunities right at your fingertips!  Some great places to inquire about volunteering are libraries, schools, and recreation centers.  It’s always a good idea to actually walk into the facility that you wish to volunteer with.  Bring a copy of your resume and ask if they have any opportunities for volunteer work.

 Another awesome opportunity to volunteer anywhere in the world is Habitat for Humanity.  Habitat for Humanity is an internationally recognized organization and offers a ton of volunteer opportunities in different areas including home building or working in their retail store.  Check out opportunities in your area at the following website:

Does the idea of taking summer coursework suddenly sound appealing?

Any Northern Arizona University student can transfer up to 64 units from a community college to count toward NAU requirements.  Keep in mind, some majors only count a certain amount of transfer credits toward the major requirements.  However, if you’re interested in taking a summer course at a local community college in Arizona, there’s a great way to know how it will transfer to NAU.  The website has equivalencies of courses from community colleges to all three Arizona universities.  From the main page, click “quick links” and then “course equivalency.”

Remember to always check with your advisor to be sure that credits you’re completing will count toward your degree.  You can always email our general email at:

Finally, if you’re just relaxing over this summer, catch up on TV, eat as many Doritos as you can, and smile!  We’ll see you in the fall! 

Next week, we’re talking about the difference between Psychology and Social Work.  If you’re debating on which major to choose, make sure to read the next blog post!


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Welcome to the SBS Advising Blog!

Hi there!

 Welcome to the SBS Advising blog! 

We’re back and with a whole new goal in mind.  Over the course of the summer and the upcoming school year, we’ll be filling your head with oodles of advising information that will hopefully make your life a bit easier. Also, we’ll be accepting questions and comments on the blog so look forward to telling us what you want to know about! 

To let you in on a bit of the secret, here are a couple of topics we’ll be covering during the summer:

  • The difference between Psychology and Social Work

o   Have you ever thought about helping people as a career?  What’s a better fit for you?  Learn about opportunities in Psychology and Social Work and make a great choice for you!

  • Important things to do in the summer to beef up that resume

o   Volunteering, internships, working, catching up on reading: what can you be doing?

  • The difference between Strategic Communication and Communication Studies

o   Do you want to be a Public Relations Specialist?  A lawyer?  What is the best fit for you?  Read this edition of the blog!

  • Advisor spotlights

o   Did you know SBS Advising doesn’t assign advisors?  You can meet with whomever you would like to!  Read through the advisor spotlight to see who you would like to meet with this fall!

This and so much more you can learn by checking in every Monday to the blog.  We’ll always have a section to answer questions and address comments so feel free to email us at, subject line Blog Questions.

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Coming Soon!

Thank you for visiting our blog. SBS Advising is excited about having a forum where we can get oodles of information and advice out to our students. We are hoping to start actively posting coming Summer 2014. Be sure to check back for posts relating to: Academics, Student Success Strategies, Different Majors, Upcoming Events, Etc.

If you need anything, please be sure to email us or give us a call!


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