Skip to main content

It's Your First Year. You're Excited. You're Overwhelmed.

We Know. We've Been There!

NKU First Step

College is voluntary and expensive. You manage your own time. You must balance your responsibilities and set priorities. These realities can be a shock for first-time freshmen, but everybody will learn these lessons at some point during the first few weeks of classes.

We now have a chance to reach out to our students and classmates in a different way than we ever have before to get these important messages and others across.

Four very successful students who just made it through their first year on campus are going to take on that responsibility!

Introducing sophomores Elizabeth Arnold, Justin Vongdara,
Caylea Wagner and Jarrod West.

These NKU students will be reaching out to new students in the coming weeks via Twitter messages of advice and encouragement. They will post these messages from time to time throughout the summer and even into the fall semester with the hashtag #NKUFirstStep.

Topics will include offices on campus that can help students throughout their academic careers, service organizations, student life, Greek life, study tips, how to prepare for classes, how to learn about professors, and more!

Meet the Students

Elizabeth Arnold

Elizabeth -- or Biz -- is a sophomore at NKU who is pursuing entrance into the nursing program.

Biz is a member of the Delta Zeta sorority and was honored during her freshman year as an Outstanding Freshman at the Celebration of the First-Year Experience in March, 2013.

She also volunteers University Hospital in Cincinnati.

Follow Elizabeth: @Biz_Arnold.

Justin Vongdara

Justin Vongdara is a sophomore at NKU who is currently undeclared on his major, but he is interested in the engineering field -- specifically electrical engineering.

He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and will be inducted in the fall of 2013. He maintained a 3.667 GPA during his first year on campus while working, volunteer coaching lacrosse at his high school, Dixie Heights, and playing intramural sports.

Follow Justin: @JustinVongdara.

Caylea Wagner

Caylea is a sophomore at NKU who is pursuing entrance into the nursing program.

During her freshman year on campus, Caylea achieved a 4.0 GPA and was on the President's List.

She has been involved in the Baptist Campus Ministry and was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, the National Honors Society for First-Year Students.

Follow Caylea: @CayleaW.

Jarrod West

Jarrod is a sophomore double-major in Economics and Philosophy, a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, a senator in the Student Government Association, a member of Norse Force and has gained entrance into the Norse Leadership Society. He has been a member of Freshman Service Leadership Committee (FSLC) has been and selected as one of four FSLC co-advisers for 2013-14. Jarrod also volunteer with the Community Services of Northern Kentucky.

He has been nominated for NKU's Most Outstanding Freshman, was the New Member of the year for the Alpha Tau Omega, and Victor's Volunteer (given to people who have done 25+ service hours).

Follow Jarrod: @JarrodWest22.