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By: Jazmyn Brown Being a commuter student doesn’t necessarily mean missing out on the oncampus college experience. Likewise, being an international student doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t find a home away from home. Below are some tips to find your niche at NSU whether you drive here or your actual home is miles and miles away. IF YOU’RE A COMMUTER STUDENT… …join clubs! Orientation Coordinator for Commuter Involvement Vanessa DuBoulay, junior political science major, said a good way for commuter students to get involved is to take advantage of all the information about clubs and organizations provided by NSU during the first weeks of school. “Organizations are always looking for new members, and keeping an eye out always facilitates getting involved in something you might end up enjoying more than you initially thought you would,” she said. “Feel free to step out of your comfort zone and try new things.” Becoming active in the NSU community by joining an organization or two — or more — is a great way to familiarize yourself with the campus and find friends in those who share your interests and goals. NSU’s Commuter Student Organization (CSO) allows commuter students to connect with other commuters and form a
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sense of community on campus. “People will start to learn your face and name, and suddenly, you will walk around and come across familiar faces,” DuBoulay said.
the times when you want to be with your family or simply when you are craving home-cooked food. Being a commuter gives you options.” IF YOU’RE AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT…
…participate in programs put on by the Office of Orientation and Commuter Involvement. Aside from all the activities the organizations on campus put on every week, DuBoulay said, the office has several programs specifically tailored for commuter students, such as the commuter cab that transports commuter students to their classes, the Alvin Sherman Library commuter student lounge, socials and CSO meetings. “NSU does a good job at targeting commuter students and putting on events at times when it is more likely for commuter students to be on campus,” DuBoulay said. …enjoy the flexibility commuting offers. If done well, DuBoulay said, commuter students can have the best of both worlds. They can spend a great amount of time in school between classes, social activities and hanging out with friends, and they can also go back home to some home-cooked meals whenever they please. “Being a commuter student gives you that mobility that perhaps not all residential students have,” said DuBoulay. “It also helps a lot during
…become familiar with the Office of International Affairs. Alejandra Parra, associate director of International Affairs, said the office will be international students’ home while they are at NSU. The office’s goal is to assist international students in their transition from overseas to the U.S. — from helping students with obtaining their driver’s licenses to getting them situated in Fort Lauderdale and helping them buy everything they need for their residence halls, said Parra. “This office will help students from the moment they apply to their program,” she said. “It will assist them in anything they need in relation to their immigration processes, their admission and their arrival — whatever they need while they’re here at NSU.” OIA also advises the international student organizations. You can find everything from Latin American organizations to Saudi Arabian and Indian organizations. “We become their home when they arrive in the U.S. and even before they arrive,” said Parra.
FOR BOTH COMMUTER AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:
Watch out for events like SEA Thursday and Sharkapalooza and know about the offices that can help you. SEA Thursday is organized by the Student Events and Activities (SEA) Board every other Thursday in the Don Taft University Center spine. During SEA Thursday, various student organizations table to promote their clubs, their activities, student involvement and Shark pride. Sharkapalooza is an informational event held at the beginning of every academic year that combines free food and activities with student clubs and organizations, as well as services and programs that NSU offers. The Office of Orientation and Commuter Involvement is located in the Rosenthal Student Center, Room 104. For more information or to get involved, contact the office at 954-262-8050, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or commuter@ nova.edu. OIA is located in the Horvitz Administration Building on the second floor. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 954-262-7240 or email email@example.com.
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By: Keren Moros
College is going to be your home for the next four years, and to make a place feel like home, you have to get involved. Here are just a few ways that you can make NSU your home away from home, whether you’re a commuter student or a residential student. The Undergraduate Student Government Association Applications for the Undergraduate SGA are due near the end of each school year. Students can run for several positions including president, vice president and a variety of senatorial positions including residential, international and minority senators. Each year, students have the opportunity to run by themselves or with other students on a ticket. Students not in SGA can still voice their concerns by attending SGA meetings. These are held every Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 200 of the Rosenthal Student Center. SEA Board Run by students, the Student Events and Activities Board creates programs and events that bring students together. Students who would like to join SEA Board can apply near the end of each year. Students not in SEA Board can still get involved by volunteering to help set up and run events and attending meetings every other Monday from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 200 of the Rosenthal Student Center. SEA Board’s office is located on the first floor of the Don Taft University Center.
employment. Students receive a biweekly paycheck and work at least 20 hours per week. Clubs and Organizations NSU has a variety of student organizations that set up events and help students make friends and feel connected. Some are educational like the Psychology Club or the Accounting Club, and others are religious clubs like ABLAZE and Hillel. Other organizations explore a variety of student interests such as the Society of Anime, Gaming and Entertainment aka SAGE, the Nature Club, the Nova Student Veterans Association and Locks for Cause. To join an existing student organization, students can visit OrgSync.com, search for Nova Southeastern University and sign up. Contact information for each active organization is available on the club’s OrgSync pages. If there’s something you’re interested in and find that other students are interested in as well, you can start your own organization. Students can also learn about what student organizations are doing on campus by attending Inter Organization Council Meetings, held every other Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Rosenthal Student Center.
Student Employment Working at an NSU office as a student employee can give you insight into how NSU works and make you feel more connected to NSU as a whole. The NSU Employment Program employs both federal work study and non-federal work study students in part-time, on-campus
Greek Life Joining a fraternity or sorority is part of the quintessential college experience. At NSU, fraternities are governed by the Interfraternity Council and sororities are governed by the Panhellenic Council. Both are governed by the Interfraternity Council. Greek organizations help students find new friends and join them to a network of people who want to succeed. Greeks also host events and raise money for charity. The rushing process is different depending on whether a student is joining a fraternity or sorority. For both, however, a recruitment week open to students is held near the beginning of the fall semester.
To learn more about these opportunities and to get involved, see the following contact information.
SEA Board nova.edu/studentactivities/seaboard SEA-Board@nova.edu / 954-262-7223
Undergraduate SGA nova.edu/studentactivities/sga 954-262-7288
Clubs and Organizations nova.edu/studentactivities/organizations/ registration.html email@example.com / 954-262-7288
Student Employment nova.edu/financialaid/employment firstname.lastname@example.org / 954-2623380
Greek Life nova.edu/greeks / 954-262-7288
“That’ll be $968.16, please.” That’s how much I spent on books my first semester in college. After going through four years of undergraduate studies and spending hundreds of dollars on books, I can tell you there are two simple rules to follow when it comes to buying textbooks. The first rule is to never buy your textbooks too early. I’ve bought books that I haven’t even opened once. For some classes, if your professor doesn’t verbally indicate that a book is mandatory for the course, you’re probably not going to use it enough to get your money’s worth. Every student learns differently, and every professor has a different way of teaching. So, your best bet is to talk to the professor and to students who took the class to check if you’re actually going to use the book before you make the big decision. If you’re still skeptical and think your professors will dive right into reading the book on the first day, do not worry. Some professors, especially your freshman year, will understand that most students don’t have their books on the first day of class and will give you a few extra days to get your books. The second rule is to save your money by selling books online and make used books your first priority. As a broke college student, remember that when book buy-back time rolls around at the end of the semester, the price you get for the same books is only a tiny fraction of what you originally paid for them — as if you sucked all the knowledge out of them and they’ve become worthless. If you can, purchase used books and sell them back online. You’ll find this to be a win-win situation. An alternative is buying e-books, which are cheaper. Also, remember that there are plenty of people who no longer need their book but need the money. They’ll gladly sell them to you for about $50 each. You will find that some professors use the textbooks as supplements and references instead of teaching directly out of them. But, if it turns out that you do need a textbook, it’s never too late to buy them. They won’t run out.
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NSU TRANSLATOR: A STUDENT’S DICTIONARY FOR EVERYDAY SHARK LINGO
By: Nicole Cocuy
The campus-wide jargon at NSU is almost a whole new language that can be difficult to get used to. If you’re confused, don’t fret: here’s a list of the key terms you need to know. Add-drop period: the week-long period students have to add or drop courses without any financial or academic penalty Adjunct professor or instructor: a professor who does not work on campus full-time
One-Stop Shop: an information and help center located on the first floor of the Horvitz Administration Building that assists students with everything from financial aid and course withdrawals to parking decal and registration RecPlex: recreational facility located in the Don Taft University Center
Commencement: graduation ceremony
Shark Fountain: the shark statue on top of a fountain located in Shark Circle outside the Don Taft University Center; common meeting place
Course Wizard: online database which includes course offerings, course syllabi, required textbooks and other preliminary course information; useful tool for planning your schedule before registration; accessed at NSU’s website
SEA Board: Student Events and Activities Board; organization that hosts major campus-wide events, like Fin Fest, Super Bowl parties and special guest performances, to engage the NSU community and foster student involvement
DB: declining balance; how much money you have left on your SharkCard for your meal plan
SEA Thursday: every other Thursday, SEA Board hosts an event in the UC Spine where student organizations set up tables to talk to students; students can sign up for or support these organizations and grab some free food
Graduate assistant: a graduate student who helps faculty members manage on-campus organizations and programs iShark: the NSU app for students; available for both Apple and Android products N Number: NSU ID number; used for many forms and sign-up sheets Office hours: a weekly timeslot when professors are in their offices; usually listed on the syllabus; the ideal time to ask professors for early feedback on assignments or questions on course content
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NSU’s student-run newspaper aims to provide the NSU community with unbiased, honest reporting on important issues, events and popular topics. Weekly issues are distributed every Tuesday during the fall and winter semesters. They can be found on newsstands across the main campus and at the regional campuses. The Current is also published online at nsucurrent. nova.edu. The staff and contributing writers research and conduct interviews with students, staff, faculty and local community members to write articles on news, features, sports, arts and entertainment and opinions. Students are welcome to contribute to The Current through writing, photography, graphic design or multimedia. Along with interesting stories, The Current strives to create a dialogue among students, faculty and staff that will help the university continue to grow and aims to keep all members of the NSU community learning inside and outside the classroom. The Current holds weekly meetings every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 104 of the Student Affairs Building. For more information on how to become a part of the team, stop by The Current’s office in Room 310 of the Student Affairs Building, attend a meeting or call at 954-262-8455. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @TheCurrentNSU, and like our Facebook page at facebook.com/TheCurrentNSU.
SharkPrint balance: the amount of money you have left to spend on printing; a certain amount is allotted to each student each year Shark Shuttle: On-campus buses that travel around campus and the Davie area and, on weekends and upon request, travel to different hot spots around South Florida Study abroad: refers to a semester or summer spent studying in another country Syllabus: a document that details course objectives, rules, expectations and assignments; usually includes a detailed schedule of assignment due dates Travel study: refers to a course taken on-campus that eventually includes a brief trip Turnitin: an online resource that professors use to check for plagiarism; turnitin.com UC: short for Don Taft University Center
SharkCard: your student ID; used to enter parking lots and residential halls; doubles as a library card for NSU’s libraries; carries your meal plan
UC Spine: the thin, hallway space in the University Center; where you can find Outtakes and The Flight Deck Pub
SharkLink: the website used to access important student information such as financial aid, grades and schedules; accessed at sharklink.nova.edu
UC Pit: the sunken seating area in the University Center that is adjacent to the food court and by the RecPlex; popular site for on-campus events
SharkMail: your personal email account that NSU gives you; accessed at sharkmail.nova.edu
UPP: University Park Plaza; a plaza on University Drive that has a few classrooms and the bookstore
STUDENT MEDIA 411 Known as SUTV, Sharks United Television is NSU’s studentrun TV station, bringing you the latest in NSU events, studentcentered programming and a great selection of movies, airing in the residence halls on Channel 96 and online. Students choose a new set of movies to air each month, ranging from new releases to classic movies. At the end of the month, the movies go to the on-demand site, where students can watch them again on their computers anywhere on NSU’s campuses. To watch movies on demand, log in to SharkLink, click the Community tab and click “Watch SUTV Now.” SUTV’s goal is to showcase the exciting campus events. The staff films events throughout the school year, so students can be on the lookout for the camera crews and tune in nightly to catch up on all the action. You never know who you might see on TV. SUTV also work with NSU organizations and local vendors to create promotional videos. If students need help promoting their organizations or an event, they can contact the station. The station is always looking for students to join the SUTV team. Whether you like being in front of the camera or behind it, SUTV offers students hands-on training in editing, filming and script writing — no prior experience necessary. SUTV holds meetings every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Affairs Building, Room 104. For more information, stop by Room 307 in the Student Affairs Building, call 954-2622602 or email email@example.com. You can also follow them on Twitter @Channel96SUTV or like their Facebook page at facebook.com/Channel96SUTV.
RadioX is NSU’s student-run radio station, offering a wide variety of live shows on 88.5 FM every night from 6 p.m. to midnight. The station reaches Broward, Palm Beach and MiamiDade counties. Radio X can also be heard 24/7 online at live365. com and on mobile devices through the TuneIn app. Each night, RadioX showcases a variety of music including rock, alternative, indie, top 40, R&B, hip-hop and dance. During nightly shows, disc jockeys give out prizes and tickets to local concerts, shows and sport events. RadioX also features the “Not so Urly Morning Show,” which airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the fall and winter semesters from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The staff can provide students with hands-on experience in the radio booth. No experience necessary. Students whose passion is music or who want to fill the air waves with their radio voices can stop by the office located downstairs in the Rosenthal Student Center just north of the Shark Fountain or call 954-262-8457. Students can follow the station on Twitter @NSURadioX or like the Facebook page at facebook.com/NSURadioX.
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By: Nicole Cocuy @CurrentNicole
Let’s face it: eating at Subway every day can get a bit repetitive. Fortunately for us, there is a wide variety of restaurant options minutes away from campus to satisfy your every craving.
Marco’s Pizza 3325 South University Drive Davie 954-533-2214 Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. through 12 a.m.
Chick-Fil-A 1900 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wings Chinese Restaurant & Take Out 3750 SW 64th Ave. Davie 954-584-7511 Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. DelVecchio’s 2060 South University Drive Davie 954-476-9336 Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Jimmy John’s 4613 South University Drive Davie 954-680-6911 Hours: Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Number One Wok 6025 Stirling Road Davie 954-321-8118 Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Domino’s Pizza 2531 South University Drive Davie 954-474-1100 Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Pink Buddha 5949 South University Drive Fort Lauderdale 954-680-3388 Hours: Sunday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. through 10:30 p.m. Pizza Hut 2901 South University Drive Davie 954-474-8844 Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. China House 6517 Nova Drive Davie 954-370-0088 Hours: Everyday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ciro’s Italian Deli & Restaurant 8840 W State Road 84 Davie 954-370-0088 Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Scruby’s 6517 Nova Drive Davie 954-370-0088 Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Chipotle 2110 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Burger 21 2451 South University Drive Davie Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Moe’s Southwest Grill 2257 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Blaze Pizza 2135 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Laspada’s Original Hoagies 2645 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Five Guys Burgers and Fries 801 South University Drive Plantation Hours: Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Bucca di Beppo Italian Restaurant 3355 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. through 11 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. through 9 p.m. Panera Bread 2699 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday: 6:30 a.m. 7 p.m. Pho 79 6451 Stirling Road Davie Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Yuzu Kaiten Sushi 211 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday noon to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday noon to 9:30 p.m. Juice Therapy Café 8220 Griffin Road Davie Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday Mustard Seed Bistro 256 South University Drive Plantation Hours: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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Geronimos Bar and Grill 3528 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Panera Bread 2699 South University Drive Davie Hours: Mondays through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Ye Olde Falcon Pub 2867 South University Drive Davie Hours: Everyday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Taco Bell 2250 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Wednesday from 6:30 a.m. to 4 a.m., Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 a.m., Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 a.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 a.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 a.m. Flashback Diner 4125 SW 64th Ave. Davie Hours: 24/7 Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill 809 South University Drive Plantation Hours: Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Steak and Shake 5790 South University Drive Davie Hours: 24/7 Miller’s Davie Ale House 2080 South University Drive Davie 954-236-0062 Hours: Monday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to midnight Quarterdeck 3155 South University Drive Davie 954-452-7676 Hours: Everyday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Chili’s 813 South University Drive Plantation Hours: Monday through Thursday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight
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Tropical Smoothie Café 5780 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Whole Foods 1903 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Crispers 5810 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Cheese Course 801 South University Drive Plantation Hours: Sunday through Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Juice Therapy Cafe 801 South University Drive Plantation Hours: Sunday through Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mustard Seed Bistro Plantation Community Plaza, 256 S University Drive Plantation Hours: Sunday through Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
COFFEE AND DESSERT Dunkin Donuts 5141 South University Drive Davie Hours: 24/7 Mojo’s Donuts 7906 Pines Blvd. Hollywood Hours: Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
CULTURAL CRAVINGS Fala Falafel 2275 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. El Agave Azul 7750 Nova Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt 4900 South University Drive Davie Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and from Friday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Pollo Tropical 2390 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Your Big Picture Café 5935 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pho 79 6451 Stirling Road Davie Hours: Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Dairy Queen 6550 SW 39th Street Davie Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and from Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Tijuana Taxi Co 4400 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The Good Pie Company 5665 South University Drive Davie Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bollywood Biryani 8270 Griffin Road Davie Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Magic Cow 2571 South University Drive Davie Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and from Friday to Saturday through 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
KIKO’s Sushi & Thai Restaurant 801 South University Drive Plantation Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Schakolad Chocolate Factory 7740 Nova Drive #3 Davie 954-472-6155 Hours: Monday through Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Padrino’s Cuban Cuisine 801 South University Drive Suite J-105 Plantation 954-476-5777 Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday noon to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday noon to 10 p.m.
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HOW TO DEAL WITH FINANCIAL AID By: Jazmyn Brown
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HOW TO GET ALONG WITH YOUR ROOMMATE By: Destinee A. Hughes
For anyone unfamiliar with NSU’s financial aid system, it’s extremely overwhelming. But, don’t fret. The ins and outs of Enrollment and Student Services (ESS) and the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) are pretty simple if you heed the following tips. Constantly check your NSU email, SharkLink and WebSTAR for updates All communication regarding financial aid occurs through SharkMail, SharkLink and Webstar. One thing that is never stressed enough is that you should check these often — at least once a week. Sometimes, an issue will pop up, and if you don’t check, enough time may pass that the situation becomes even worse. For example, if your financial aid award is adjusted, ESS will send you an email, and, from there, you can check your adjusted award through SharkLink or WebSTAR. If you don’t check your email, and your award amount decreased, you may be in trouble because you’ll be unprepared to pay the difference out of pocket. If you stay on top of your email and check the SharkLink/WebSTAR portals frequently for holds and award adjustments, you should be able to avoid unnecessary hassles. Pay close attention to deadlines This one is pretty much a given. If there is a deadline for something, make it a point to know when that due date is. There is nothing more terrifying than missing or almost missing the deadline for an important document or eBill payment and having to face the consequences, whether it’s missing out on a scholarship or other form of financial aid or being charged an unnecessary fee. Most applications — for example, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the NSU insurance waiver application — have a set deadline. Organize your due dates and plan accordingly. Apply for scholarships and grants Although the general rule of thumb is to apply as early as possible, once the semester is in full swing, continue to apply for different scholarships and grants through NSU or through a website like fastweb.com. By applying to as many scholarships as you can on a consistent basis, you optimize your chances for receiving some extra cash in your pocket to help with various fees, as well as tuition, housing and meal plan costs. Ask questions/visit the One-Stop Shop If you don’t know what the One-Stop Shop is, familiarize yourself with it, as it will probably be your best friend for the next few years. Located in the Horvitz Administration Building, first floor, the One-Stop Shop is your go-to place for any questions about registering for classes, making payments, getting your transcripts and getting a parking decal. Most importantly, it’s where you go to hash out your financial aid. The One-Stop Shop is where you can sit down with experienced financial aid counselors who will do everything within their power to help you get and keep your financial assistance. Although each keeps a record of your visits so that others can pick up where they left off, stick with one financial aid counselor. Building a one-on-one relationship with one of the counselors will help a lot when you have an emergency, and the consistency can help to make settling your financial aid a smoother ride. Know about the following forms and documents •Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) •NSU State Aid Application •Authorization to Apply Title IV Federal Financial Aid Funds •Direct Deposit Form •Master Promissory Note (MPN) for Federal Direct Loans •Income Verification Form •Disability Discharge Form These can be accessed at nova.edu/financialaid/forms. Miscellaneous Tips •Utilize the University Call Center for questions about your financial aid. Call 954-262-3380 or toll-free at 800-806-3680, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. •Look out for ESS’s newsletter, Dollars and Sense. It’s usually sent out via email. •If you can, save money by opting out of NSU’s insurance, making payments on time to avoid unnecessary late fees and renting books from outside sources like Chegg and Amazon. •File your 2015-2016 FAFSA as early as possible. The priority deadline is in mid-April.
Going to college is one of the most unique experiences you’ll have. You get to experience living on your own, meeting new people from different states and countries, and, most importantly, you get to experience what it’s like to live with a stranger. Having a roommate can be a wonderful experience; you can meet a life-long friend and enjoy the next four years together. Or it can be the opposite; you can loathe every waking minute with him or her. In either situation, it’s important to set up a solid foundation to ensure the best possible relationship with your new roomie with these tips. Tip #1: Communication Communication is key to turning a relationship with a stranger into a positive living arrangement. Graduate Assistant for Mediation Services Tyra Brown said establishing a communication flow as early as possible is great, so it’ll be easier to ensure a smooth transition. “What I notice is that students tend to get here [to the mediation office] and they mention small things that happened months ago and now it’s September or October and they’re super mad and their roommate has no clue why,” Brown said. Establishing a communication plan early on will help prevent these scenarios from happening. Tip #2: Cleanliness People come from different parts of the world to live on NSU’s campus, so their ways of living and hygiene habits may differ greatly from yours. Setting up a system you both can agree on will help eliminate arguments about cleanliness. “It’s typically one person not cleaning enough or not cleaning up after themselves” said Brown. “And then maybe on one person’s side it’s ‘I have early classes and I haven’t been able to get to it.’” Even if school or work schedules interfere with cleaning routines, you should maintain a clean atmosphere for the sake of your relationship with your roommate. Tip #3: Consideration Being considerate of your roommate is important in a multitude of ways. His or her space, time and study habits all are on a specific schedule. It’s rare to have a roommate who has a schedule identical to yours, so it’s vital to communicate when it’s a good time to blast your favorite rock ’n’ roll band in the room and when it’s not. Also, you two may be sharing a bathroom, so taping a copy of each other’s schedules somewhere in the room will be beneficial. A big no-no is touching each other’s belongings. It’s simple — if you don’t want your stuff to be touched, don’t touch your roommate’s stuff. Tip #4: Visitors Sometimes, residence hall visitors are in relationships with residents. Brown said she’s mediated many sessions in which the dialogue is close to this: “I fell in love with this new guy I met, and he’s always there at the residence hall.”
Residence halls give you a sense of autonomy as you’re allowed to make your own rules, with some limitations, so inviting the new love of your life over seems like the ideal thing to do. However, coming from a roommate’s perspective, this could be a major problem. “Waking up in the middle of the night and seeing your roommate’s boyfriend while wearing a nightgown can be awkward,” said Brown. “So, it’s important to be mindful of the amount of time your new beau spends in the room, because you could be making your roommate feel uncomfortable and be completely unaware of it.” Tip #5: Branching Out It’s absolutely OK to make friends with people other than your roommate. Just because you’re roommates, doesn’t mean that you have to be best friends. It’s healthy to develop other friendships outside of your residence hall. A great way to make new friends is by joining clubs, meeting people in class and mingling on different floors. Don’t feel guilty for not inviting your roommate everywhere. You live together, so you’ll spend plenty of time with one another. Tip #6: Alternative options Living with a roommate can be a fun experience, but, if it seems you two just don’t mesh, then there are alternate options. Student Mediation Services, administered by the Division of Student Affairs, offers students resources to learn how to manage and resolve conflict. “If students really feel like they’ve hit a wall and can’t get along, then they can call Student Mediation. It’s a safe place, it’s quick and easy, and we really try to hash out what’s happening and make the situation better for the both of you,” said Brown. “We can discuss mediating the situation or other options such as moving out, but our main goal is to make sure that the student is happy.” Student Mediation Services can be reached at nova.edu/studentmediation, studentmediation@ nova.edu or at 954-262-7196.
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@Current_Amanda Transitioning from high school to college is one of life’s most exciting times. It’s the first time you get to do what you want, eat what you want, sleep whenever you want and not have someone looking over your shoulder telling you to “Do your homework!” College life is independent, but, even though it feels great to have all this freedom, you have to do your best to stay on track. College is another world compared to high school. Below are some tips to help you settle into your freshman year and not look like the new shark in the sea. Go to class. Sleeping in is great, and it will seem like some of your professors don’t take attendance, so, why go to class? Believe it or not, professors take attendance without calling your name out loud and remember who comes to class and who doesn’t. Many professors use attendance to grade your participation, which can greatly affect your final grade. You also don’t want to be the one student who doesn’t know what’s going on. Go to class! Don’t call your teachers “Miss” “Mrs.” or “Mr.” They like to be called “professor.” But, be aware of professors who have a doctoral degree and like to be called “Doctor.” Sometimes, professors will even let you call them by their first names. It may sound confusing or different, but you’ll get the hang of it by the second week of classes. “May I go to the bathroom?” You will rarely hear a student ask this question in college unless it’s during a test. You do not have to ask for permission to use the bathroom or step out to make a phone call. It is your choice, and your professor will not stop you from leaving the classroom. Different, right?
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Being late. Professors are not going to say anything when you walk in late. They will just deduct points from your grade if it becomes a habit. Try to be on time for class, and there will never be a problem. But, if there is an emergency — for example, your car broke down — most professors will understand why you showed up late. If you miss anything, make sure to get the notes on your own time. Thirsty Thursday and Sunday Funday. You have no curfew and no restrictions if you live on campus during college. No one is going to stop you from going out and partying on a Thursday or Sunday night like they would in high school. Just remember that you most likely have class the next day, and you don’t want to fall behind on your work. Don’t go overboard!
Syllabus. Don’t lose your syllabus! Either put it in a folder or save it on your computer. This will be your guide for your classes throughout the semester. It will tell you about your assignments and due dates and help you keep organized. Many professors will not remind you of dates or will remind you at the last minute. It is your responsibility to read the syllabus. (Side note: Don’t worry; most professors usually upload it to the class’s online component, just in case you misplace it.) Study. May sound obvious, right? But, many students create the habit of not studying in high school, especially during senior year, and carry that over to college. Tests are important, and they all require studying. Remember, college is not free, so, if you’re going to the beach or pool, take your books with you!
Money. The money on your SharkCard disappears quickly. With stress eating and expensive food, your $1,500 declining balance is gone before you know it. Then, you have to start calling mom and dad and asking for money. Budget your money, and keep track of what you’re eating. Not wasting it on food you won’t eat will also help you dodge the Freshman 15!
Procrastination. Don’t do it! In high school, it was easy to wait until the last minute to do something and get a good grade. Not in college. Certain assignments can take hours, and, before you know it, you are pulling an all-nighter. Yes, it will happen, but try to avoid it if possible.
Laptops. They are allowed in class! Unless specified by the professor, you are allowed to take notes on your laptop, even though it’s hard to stay away from Facebook and Twitter. So, if you’re too tempted to see who went to the beach that day, use a notebook.
Stress, stress, stress. The stress level will almost triple from high school to college. With papers, studying, classes, working, friends, clubs, sleeping and family, where’s the time for yourself? Make sure you call your family because homesickness will most likely kick in at some point. Get involved and try to make friends to make college feel more like home.
Cell phones. No one’s going to take your phone away if you use it during class. Though it is disrespectful to use it while you’re in class, but you will notice that many students do so. Make sure to keep it on silent, and only use it if necessary.
Classes. You don’t have class all day every day. Sometimes, you may have hours between classes or only 15 minutes. This is your time to study, eat or accomplish other things. You spend a lot less time in class than you would think.
Reading and textbooks. Yes, you need the textbooks. Do not wait longer than the first day of classes to order them. Some companies take a while to ship, and you won’t have them for when you’re first assignment is due. It happens to everyone, but try to avoid it. And, when you get them, make sure you read them. You may not talk about the material in class, but the information most likely will be on the test. Taking notes. You must take notes. Some teachers do not use PowerPoints, and you have to determine what is important in their lecture. Visual aids enhance the lecture, not take their place. Scheduling. You are responsible for creating your schedule and making sure you are fulfilling your graduation requirements. Your academic adviser guides you along the way, but it is best to keep track of it yourself. Transition. It is not as easy as it looks for many students. There’s a lot of change, new friends, new school and new freedoms. It can be scary, and it’s not meant to be easy. Everyone is going through it with you, so relax. It’s normal. If you ever feel overwhelmed, remember to just keep swimming! Most importantly, enjoy yourself. College will be some of the best years of your life. Make new friends, take classes that scare you, try new things, join Greek life, and make amazing memories. Just take care of yourself, and be happy. Go Sharks!
GETTING THE “WRITE” HELP
Unlike some advanced math and science, writing is the one academic skill that we will never stop using throughout our lives. However, some students have trouble with writing and need guidance to help their words truly mean what they want to say. Here are some NSU resources that can help with writing skills and completing that all-important essay. The Writing Studio at the Parker Building, Room 127C Available for students enrolled in composition courses If you’re enrolled in a college composition course such as COMP1000 Basic Writing, COMP1500 College Writing or COMP2000 Advanced College Writing, there’s a place just for you. In the Writing Studio, students with writing experience called Writing Fellows help COMP students with their assignments. You can make an appointment with a Writing Fellow or walk-in to meet with one who’s available. You can also use the Writing Studio as a study spot to work on your COMP assignments. Tutoring and Testing Center, Student Affairs Building, second floor Available for all undergraduate and graduate students The Tutoring and Testing Center offers help with math, sciences and writing. However, while student tutors help peers with math, science and other subjects, professional tutors help students with their writing skills. These professional tutors have previous tutoring and teaching experience and a graduate degree. The office offers two appointments per day for graduate students looking for help with their writing. Graduate students can take one writing appointment per week. Undergraduate students are allowed three writing appointments per week. In addition, students at the Leo Goodwin Sr. Residence Hall can receive writing tutoring every week at the residence hall. The center’s website also offers links to help students with writing, including downloadable PDF handouts on pronouns, parallel structure, planning different types of essays, MLA and APA style and more. To view these, go to nova.edu/tutoring-testing/study-resources/writing.html.
SharkWrites at sharkwrites.nova.edu Available for all students The Fischler College of Education’s online writing resource center SharkWrites offers help from the faculty and alumni of the university. The site includes links and resources to content on grammar writing, paraphrasing and more. There’s even help for APA style and how to format Word documents. Site visitors can also suggest content and submit content. Suggested content is reviewed by faculty and the Alvin Sherman Library before it goes on the site. Health Professions Division Effective Writing Center at the Health Professions Division Library Available for students in the College of Health Care Sciences. This writing resource offers sessions both online and in person. The staff includes writing coaches and student success coaches, who help students improve not only writing but also academic skills. While they won’t help write or edit writing, they do help with brainstorming, grammar, APA citation and thesis development. Students can also find APA style tips and contact tutors at nova. campusguides.com/hpdwritingcenter.
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By: Randa Djabri @RNDranda1
When it comes to sweaty competition and recreation, NSU has much to offer its students. Through its Division II sports program, NSU offers a variety of sports for competition and staying fit. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and track and field. Women’s sports offer an additional three sports: tennis, rowing and volleyball. Here are some sports highlights from our teams to help you get to know the teams. Basketball This year was eventful for the Sharks’ basketball team. The 2014-2015 season included a 27 out of 33 win record for the women’s team, who also played in the Elite Eight Quarterfinals for the second time in three years. The men’s team had an overall 12 wins out of 28 games this past season. Cross country The men’s and women’s cross country teams each finished third overall at the 2014 Sunshine State Conference Championship. Both the men’s and women’s teams ended the season with a big accomplishment, as they finished fifth and seventh, respectively, at the NCAA South Region Championship. Soccer The soccer team’s fall season included six wins out of 17 games and two ties for the men’s team. This year was also remarkable for the men’s soccer coach. Giuseppe DePalo, who has been at NSU since 1998, completed a 12-month program to earn his Union of European Football Association (UEFA) B Coaching Diploma. The women’s team won eight out of their 14 scheduled games for the season. Swimming and diving A NCAA top-10 finish is an achievement for any program, especially for a program that is still relatively new. NSU’s women’s swimming and diving team, in its fifth season, has become that team. The men finished seventh, and the women finished fourth at the NCAA Division II Championships with six individual first-place finishes and three national records. The team also earned 14 All-Sunshine State Conference honors. In addition to team achievements, Head Coach Bonewit-Cron, who has been with the team since 2009, was featured in SwimmingWorldMagazine. com. Rowing The rowing team, who won the 2013 NCAA National Championship and have won six conference championships, finished second overall at the Sunshine State Conference Rowing Championship this year. Several rowers were also named to the All-Sunshine State Conference team, and senior Roche Woodard was named the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week.
Tennis The tennis team entered in the first NCAA Regional Rankings of the 2015 season as the second-ranked team in south Florida after reaching No. 4 in the ITA National Rankings. In addition, Head Coach Stephen Schram was named the 2015 ITA South Region Coach of the Year. Volleyball This past year, the volleyball team won 13 out of 28 season games and played in the South Region Crossover Tournament. Junior Sydney Cook was named to the All-Sunshine State Conference Second Team for the third time and the 2014 Daktronics All-South Region Volleyball Second Team. Golf This season had a lot of accomplishments for the Shark golfers. The men’s and women’s golf teams finished up at the 2015 SSC Championships with the men placing second and the women only two strokes behind the fourth titlists. The men brought home their firstever NCAA Division II National Championship, and the women captured their fourth straight NCAA National Championship in 2012. Softball and Baseball The men’s baseball team had an eventful year. The team was selected as the No. 2 seed in the NCAA South Region for the South Region tournament and won the Sunshine State Conference championship. In addition, baseball player Justin Garcia was featured in the Miami Herald for his 24 homeruns and was named SCC Player of the Year. Head Coach Greg Brown was named SCC coach of the year and several other players earned All-SCC honors. This is not the first year, however, that the baseball team shone beyond the baseball complex. In 2009, the program had an important milestone when four Sharks were chosen in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. On its part, the women’s softball team was voted third in the Sunshine State Conference pre-season poll by the conference head coaches this year. The women also moved up two spots in the latest NCAA South Region Rankings to seventh place during the 2014 season. Track and field This year, men’s track former runner and NSU alumnus Michael Wilson competed in the Central America and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico. The fame wasn’t limited to NSU alumni this year, as NSU sprinter Talyn Washington competed in the 200-meter dash this against former United States Track and Field Olympian Walter Dix, finishing just over a half second off to the former silver medalist. Both track and field teams recently finished second at the 2015 Peach Belt Conference Championship.
FOR NON-ATHLETES Intramural sports If you’re not too serious about competitive sports, intramurals are a great way for you to get active and have some fun. Intramural sports offer range from soccer, basketball and racquetball to volleyball and other sports. Go to rec.nova.edu/ intramurals/index.html for more information.
PICTURES COURTESY OF NSUSHARKS.COM The NSU basketball, baseball, and swimming and diving teams.
Fitness Programs There’s yet another option if you’re into fitness but not interested in team sports. The RecPlex offers different group exercise classes at various times throughout the day. These classes offer great opportunities for you to relax from your stress, lose a few pounds, condition your heart or even find muscles you didn’t know you had. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s something for you.
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When you first get to campus, finding who can answer your questions can be a bit overwhelming. Here’s a list of offices that can answer your questions based on what you want to know. Tutoring and Testing Center The Tutoring and Testing Center offers tutoring, writing critiques, sample exams and other academic services to all undergraduate students. Location: Student Affairs Building, second floor Contact: 954-262-8350, academicservices@ nova.edu, nova.edu/tutoring-testing/index.html Undergraduate Academic Advising Center The Academic Advising Center allows students to meet with an adviser to develop their academic schedules. Students will receive a personalized experience when they are trying to enroll in a class, request transfer credits or switch majors. Location: Horvitz Administration Building, second floor Contact: 954-262-7990, ugadvising@nova. edu, nova.edu/ugadvising Student Employment A variety of both on and off-campus employment opportunities are available to students with or without financial need. Interested students should contact the Student Employment Program to learn about open positions, apply and complete the required Student Employment Workshop. Location: Horvitz Administrative Building, first floor Contact: 954-262-3380, studentemployment@ nova.edu, nova.edu/financialaid/employment Veteran services Student veterans may contact NSU’s Veterans Affairs Certifying Official for questions about
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benefits and scholarships. Veterans must complete an online application through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be eligible for benefits. Contact the office for details. Location: Horvitz Administration Building Contact: 800-541-6682 ext. 27236, VAbenefits@nova.edu, nova.edu/financialaid/ veterans Financial aid Students can meet with financial aid counselors to ensure that they can focus on their studies, rather than constant financial problems. The counselors can help students understand what types of aid are available and assist in the application process. Location: Horvitz Administration Building, first floor Contact: 954-262-3380, email@example.com, nova.edu/financialaid Career development NSU’s Office of Career Development is dedicated to helping undergraduates, graduate students and alumni in planning and enacting a successful career plan. Advisers can discuss resumes, job search techniques, graduate school applications, interview skills and more. Students may either drop in for advisement or schedule an appointment. Location: Horvitz Administration Building, first floor Contact: 954-262-7201, nova.edu/career
International student services The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides students with advisory services regarding any immigration-related problems with enrollment, employment, financial aid, health insurance and more. The office acts as a liaison between NSU and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Location: Horvitz Administration Building, second floor Contact: 954-262-7240, firstname.lastname@example.org, nova. edu/internationalstudents
Student disability services The Office of Student Disability Services is a resource for any student who needs individualized accommodations for disabilities. The office provides services and aids to qualified students to ensure equal access to the university programs and facilities. Location: Rosenthal Student Center, first floor Contact: 954-262-7185, disabilityservices@ nova.edu, nova.edu/disabilityservices Help Desk The NSU Help Desk assists students who need to access Wi-Fi, NSU email and online learning systems. The help desk may also assist students in solving computer issues, such as spam or viruses. Contact: 954-262-4357, email@example.com, nova. edu/help Student activities The Office of Student Activities is the central office for Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Undergraduate Student Government Association and the Student Events and Activities (SEA) Board. Contact the office to find out how to become involved in student organizations, help plan activities and more. Location: Don Taft University Center, first floor Contact: 954-262-7288, firstname.lastname@example.org, nova.edu/studentactivities Student Leadership and Civic Engagement (SLCE) The SLCE office connects students to servicebased and leadership opportunities, on campus and in the community. SLCE coordinates the
annual NSU service trips, including trips to New Orleans, Key West and international cities. Location: Rosenthal Student Center, second floor Contact: 954-262-7195, email@example.com, nova. edu/studentleadership Housing The Office of Residential Life and Housing oversees NSU’s residence halls. Staff provide maintenance in the halls and common living areas, respond to work orders for rooms, plan programs and activities for students and supervise resident assistants. The office also helps students look for off-campus housing and select roommates. Location: The Commons Residence Hall Contact: 954-262-7052, nova.edu/housing Student success Through one-on-one sessions, academic success coaches help students improve or establish plans to score perfect grades, manage ideal schedules, take helpful notes, set realistic goals and other strategies vital to achieving academic success. Coaches work with each student based on the student’s interests, habits, strengths, weakness, schedule and other factors. Location: Carl DeSantis Building, fourth floor Contact: 954-262-8386, studentsuccess@nova. edu, nova.edu/yoursuccess Card office NSU’s Card Office is the first place to go when you lose your SharkCard and need a new one. Here, you can also add money to your card, check your balance or resolve any issues you may be having with using the card. Location: Don Taft University Center, first floor Contact: 954-262-8929, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Each year, NSU plans events tailored around students’ interests. Whether it’s a Greek Stroll Off, SEA Thursdays or Festival of Student Works, NSU always gives students a reason to enjoy their campus experience. But its annual traditional events definitely make you feel like family. Here is a list of some of the traditional events that happen on campus every year.
Week of Welcome “WOW” Dates: Aug. 24 to 28, 2015 Cramming endless fun and excitement into one day just doesn’t cut it, which is why NSU created the wowing Week of Welcome. WOW occurs during the first week of school and welcomes all newcomers and returning students to a campus party that literally lasts a week. Parties, barbecues, Greek recruitment events, Spirit Days, a movie showing and much more are awesome ways to start off the new school year. Sharkapalooza Date: Aug. 28, 2015 The fun certainly doesn’t stop when WOW ends. On the first Friday of the fall semester, NSU students and faculty celebrate the last event of WOW and the new school year with Sharkapalooza. This event allows students to learn about different clubs and organizations on campus they can get involved in. This fun-filled informative event also offers a plethora of food, prizes and raffles. Labor Day Pool Party Date: Sept. 7, 2015 Hosted by the Student Events and Activities Board, this is the perfect event to take a break after starting classes and enjoy the South Florida sun before it gets too hot. Held at the RecPlex leisure pool, this party includes free food and giveaways.
Homecoming Week Dates: Nov. 7 to 14, 2015 Homecoming in college is much different than homecoming in high school. This week is filled with nothing but Shark Pride. Basketball games, tailgating and, of course, the highly anticipated Homecoming Bash can be expected during this week. If there’s one event worth participating in during the fall, it’s clearly Homecoming. Fins up!
CommunityFest Date: Feb. 6, 2016 This annual event is held every February and unites the NSU community with the surrounding community. This event is exactly what it sounds like: a fun festival for the community that includes cotton candy, funnel cakes, face painting, a petting zoo, live music, activity booths and much more. This event is open to the public. NSU’s Got Talent Date: TBA Modeled after the show “America’s Got Talent,” NSU’s talent show allows students to showcase their savvy skills to compete for money for their student organizations, athletic team or residence hall. Dancing, singing, comedy acts and any other entertaining tricks NSU students have up their sleeves are all welcome. Student Life Achievement Awards aka the STUEYS Date: TBA You don’t have to be an award-winning artist to win an award at NSU. Just be absolutely committed to excelling while demonstrating integrity, involvement and leadership and you may be nominated for a Student Life Achievement Award, known as a STUEY. This formal award ceremony features a blue carpet which is graced by nominated students, faculty and staff.
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“Be ready to study, have fun, have a great time and make the most of your time. Don’t just be an independent individual. It’s a time to meet people and to get out there and show everyone what you’re made of. Make new friends and have a great time. It’s the best four years of your life. And make sure you’re studying something you actually like. If you want to continue to further your education, graduate studies is always a good option.”
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15 “You have to make a lot of friends because you’re coming into a new environment and everybody helps each other and you’ll get through the first year really quickly. Everything becomes more fun. I also learned it’s a lot of money to buy at the bookstore but it’s easier and worth it to rent them. Some students buy the books and sell them at the end of the year, and I think that’s really not worth it. Also, participate in as many events as you can. They’re really fun and you get to know the campus lot quicker that way.”
- Katrina Wang, sophomore art major
“Find out what you like and don’t be afraid of exploring career paths. Once you figure out what you want to do, try to go through undergrad as fast as possible because it’s expensive. It’s a required stepping stone that you don’t want to spend too much time on.”
“Get involved on campus. Find a club or organization that really interests you and devote some time to it. It’s a great way to meet people who are concerned about the same things you are and to expose yourself to new things.”
- Daniel Nery, doctor of osteopathic medicine student
- Andrew Jones, senior political science major
“Think out your major. A lot of people start their undergraduate degree and decide later on that their major isn’t really what they want to do.”
“Do things you love. Don’t worry about what other people pressure you to do. Go with what you love and study that.”
“Greek life isn’t what you think and you should definitely join. It’s not all about drinking. Also, don’t be hesitant to test out of a class when you already know the information.”
- Jamie Garfinkel, junior accounting major
- Gianpaolo Stasi, junior biology majorr
- Montana Beneduce, freshman biology major
“Study hard. Stay on top of your stuff but don’t ever think that you don’t have time to do the things in your life that you care about doing like spending time with your family and friends. Never push that stuff aside. Looking back, I thought I was always extremely busy in undergrad but compared to now, I could’ve done so much more in undergrad that I didn’t do. I wish I would’ve done more extracurricular activities or worked building up relationships with friends and not letting those go to the side. Figure out what kind of stuff interests you and, if something really catches your eye, change your major to that. Don’t stay in a major that’s killing you.”
“One of the biggest issues students face is not having a semester-to-semester plan for completing their degree. You should have a plan for your degree and you should really take care of your own thing. This is the time for you to be independent in both your financials and your academic plans. We have advisers and they are helpful; they help us integrate into the system and figure out what we need to do. But you need to figure out for yourself your financial and academic plan. These advisers take care of a lot of students. If you want priority, the only person who is going to give you priority is yourself.”
“Don’t be afraid to try different classes. A lot of the time, we come into college thinking we have to know what our future is and what track we need to take and that the courses we take need to be specifically geared toward that track. It’s good to take different classes outside of that plan. In the beginning, I took dance, art and singing in addition to my biology classes and marine biology classes. Through all of those, I learned what I really like, what I’m passionate about and what my hobbies are, even if they don’t necessarily turn into a career. I met new and interesting people. I have a network in a bunch of different areas, rather than just one. You’d be surprised where things will lead you and what job you may have when you try new things.”
- Tyler Russell, doctor of osteopathic medicine student
- Angelica Zadak, senior theater and humanities major
- Ashley Lonergan, junior biology major
- Norberto Esquivel, master’s in taxation student
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WHAT I WOULD TELL MY COLLEGE FRESHMAN SELF
By: Alyssa DiMaria
Welcome, freshmen! This is the beginning of anything you want to do. Will it be easy? Nope. Worth it? Absolutely. People underestimate their capacity to change. There is never a right time to do something difficult. It’s OK to be scared, but you have to get out there, open up, love, make mistakes, learn and become the person you always knew you could be. Remember, you’re a Shark. Never become bait in the ocean of life. When it comes to school… You are not crazy for taking 18 credit hours a semester or for double majoring and double minoring The time you spend dedicated to your studies will get you a fantastic resume. But it will not quickly get you a fantastic job right out of college — you also need experience like jobs and internships. Studying your butt off for major tests will always be worth it. So will completing all those little assignments. When you do well throughout the semester, it will save you from a lot of stress, heartache and headaches. You’ll learn this lesson after the first semester but will most likely never follow it. You will always have to sacrifice one of these three things to have the other two: enough sleep, fun times with friends and good grades. Succeeding in college comes down to knowing which two to choose when. When it comes to fun… Your metabolism will never be as good as it is right now. Cherish it and know you will have to work for that body one day.
The best memories are made after midnight. You will remember the spontaneous adventures, heart-to-heart conversations with strangers and quality time with your roommates. There’s something about the late hours of the night that make situations more intense and memorable. No one looks back on their lives and remembers the nights they had plenty of sleep. You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with, so choose wisely. You will adopt your friends’ habits, just as they will adopt some of yours. It’s important to take notice and be sure you’re becoming someone you’re proud of. Always remember, it’s better to listen than to be heard. When it comes to love… The one who pushes you to change your beliefs and morals is not the right one for you. He/she will make good points, and you will think the person is right. You will think you made the wrong choice by sticking to your standards. You will even let him/her keep coming back into your life throughout college. Nonetheless, you will never regret sticking to your morals. Long distance and/or serious relationships will last, if you belong together. If you truly love a person, the outside noise won’t matter — it doesn’t exist. You have to be strong and stay positive. Let go of the worries and just be in love and love each other. Worrying is a waste because it doesn’t change anything. It messes with your mind and steals your happiness. Don’t “take a break” just because everyone else is single. If you love someone, be with them because
you want to be, not because you have to be. Looks aren’t everything. Always remember that you can’t fall in love with beauty or looks. When you get to know someone, physical characteristics start to disappear. You begin to dwell in the person’s energy and recognize the scent of his or her skin. You see only the essence of the person, not the shell. That’s why when you really connect with a person, any physical imperfections disappear and become irrelevant. When it comes to life and your future… Save your money. You will be thankful one day you saved up a large emergency fund. Your future self will be even happier if you save even more. Did you really need that dress from Forever 21? Your parents are going to be right more often than not. They know more than you. Think about it. They got through college without Google. Your four years of college will be gone in a flash. But, they will be so much fun. The majority of what you learn in college will not come from a classroom. In every moment you feel regret, disappointment, fear or pain, know that it is shaping you into the person you are meant to be. It’s OK to have a meltdown. Just don’t unpack and live in it. Refocus on where you’re headed. Take a deep breath, don’t be so hard on yourself and know that it will all be OK.
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DID YOU SAY DISCOUNT? By: Keren Moros Saving money is near the top of every college student’s list of priorities. Fortunately, several local businesses offer discounts exclusive to NSU students. Look below for the list and visit nova.edu/sharkdiscountprogram for changes. Bull Market Bar 210 NW Second Street Fort Lauderdale 15 percent off on food BurgerFi 1902 South University Drive Davie 15 percent off Chick-Fil-A 1900 South University Drive Davie 15 percent off on Mondays and Wednesdays Hungry Howie’s 6555 Nova Drive #312 Davie 15 percent off Marcos Pizza 3326 South University Drive Suite 121 Davie 25 percent off Menchie’s 4900 South University Drive #103 Davie 15 percent off Pizza Loft 3514 South University Drive Davie 15 percent off for dine-in Sweet Tomatoes 801 South University Drive, Suite K101 Davie 15 percent off
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Bloomberg Businessweek Subscription businessweek.com/subscribe 85 percent off annual subscription
Sparefoot sparefoot.com/Fort-Lauderdale-FL-self-storage.html 15 percent off
Camera Security Direct DBA CSD Security camerasecuritydirect.com 15 percent
Stubzero stubzero.com 10 percent off and no service fees
Castle Ink castleink.com 15 percent high quality, low-cost printer ink catridges and laser toner
Aveda Institute AIsouth.com 15 percent off
Cleanitsupply.com cleanitsupply.com 15 percent off all cleaning and janitorial suuplies and cleaning products College Cookies collegecookies.com 15 percent off Eyewear Insight eyewearinsight.com 20 percent off prescription eyeglasses Fascinating Diamonds fascinatingdiamonds.com 15 percent off Giftblooms giftblooms.com/?gift=NOVA 15 percent off
DelVecchio’s Pizzeria 2060 South University Drive 15 percent off
Golden ASP and Daphne Dresses goldenaspprom.com/ daphnedresses.com 20 percent off shoes and accessories
Tropical Smoothie Café 5780 South University Drive Suite 206 Davie 15 percent off all smoothies
InkFarm Incorporate inkfarm.com 20 percent off
Ye Old Falcon Pub 2867 South University Drive Davie 15 percent off during lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mall of Style mallofstyle.com 30 percent off excluding clearance
Zona Fresca 1095 South University Drive Plantation 15 percent off
Medical Goods Inc. medicalgoods.com 15 percent off
American Mini Mover americanminimover.com 15 percent off local and long-distance moves from 1 to 1,000 pounds pack and ship or moving pod services
Movers Corp moverscorp.com 15 percent off
Birthday in a Box birthdayinabox.com
ShipHawk ShipHawk.com 15 percent off shipping and moving services, excluding flatbed
Bob Simon’s Auto bobsimonsauto.com 15 percent off Callisto Therapeautic Spa callistospa.com 15 percent off, 20 percent off first visit Chip Shots Gold Solutions, Inc. chipshotsgolfsolutions.com 25 percent off DrPhoneFix Plantation drphonefix.com/plantation-fl 15 percent off repairs and accessories Holistic Massage and Wellness Clinics hmwcinc.com 15 percent off, $10 off one-hour massage and $5 off half-hour massage Runners Depot runnersdepot.com 15 percent off nutrition supplements and $10 off shoes, excluding clearance Sprint 2631 South University Drive Davie 10 percent off accessories Sweatbox Boxing and Fitness 6851 SW 21st Court, Unit 9 Davie 15 percent off Underground Jiu Jitsu Martial Arts and Fitness 6851 SW 21 Court Suite #10 Davie 15 percent off VIP Barbershops 6512 SW 39th Street Davie 15 percent off J. Crew 12801 W Sunrise Blvd. Sunrise 15 percent off
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10 APPS EVERY COLLEGE STUDENT MUST HAVE
1. MyWater (Free for iPhone and iPad) Not drinking enough water is a common problem among college students. Beat dehydration with this app that allows you to keep track of how many water bottles you drink a day. Set your daily goal, what size bottle you’re using and reminders. It’s easy to use; just swipe up when you drink a glass of water.
4. Elevate (Free for iPhone, iPad and Android) Elevate was selected as Apple’s 2014 app of the year and rightfully so. The app helps “train” your mind for the skills you need the most, such as retention, visualization, focus and comprehension. All it takes is five to 10 minutes a day a few days of the week, and you’ll see your progress chart go up over time. The games are entertaining and even addicting.
7. Duolingo (Free for iPhone, iPad, Android and Website) For those who have to take a language class, Duolingo can help you learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese or Italian using easy exercises to help you spell and pronounce the new words. You can set how long you want to learn each day, making it easy to practice between other tasks.
2. Sleep Cycle (99 cents for iPhone, iPad and Android) This app analyzes your sleep cycle and wakes you up when you’re in the lightest sleep phase so you wake up refreshed. Graphs give you with information about your sleep quality, what times you went to sleep in the past three months, the average time you spend in bed and your sleep quality on certain days of the week. Grogginess no more!
5. Studyguide (Free for iPhone and iPad) Check out these features: you can input the classes you’re enrolled in and stay on top of meetings and appointments with a detailed calendar. The app allows you to record photos, videos or audio directly within it provides you with your own document library of notes or PDFs that you can annotate by highlighting, writing and using shapes. You can create an assignment log for each course with due dates, reminders and priority levels. Studyguide even allows you to enter your grades for assignments with customizable scaling systems, and it calculates your average grade for the class. Can you say advanced student planner?
8. StyleIt (Free for iPhone and iPad) Ladies, this one is for you. StyleIt allows you to simply take a picture of an item and match it with other items to create different outfit boards. The app styles 10 outfits in three seconds, giving you plenty of options.
3. RefME (Free via the website) Nobody likes figuring out how to cite a source. RefME does all the hard stuff and lets you collect sources fast and keep them organized in groups. You can search for the reference title, author, URL or simply fill in the boxes with the appropriate information, select what citation style you need and, presto, there you have it — a perfect bibliography/works cited is born. This app also allows you to export your bibliography directly into a Word document and shows you the correct in-line citation to use. You can even scan book/journal barcodes to get citations.
6. Mint (Free for iPhone, iPad and Android) This is the perfect app for creating a budget and keeping track of your money. Set up financial goals such as saving \ for spring break, paying off your school loans or buying a car, and get advice on how you should budget and distribute your paychecks in your checking and savings accounts.
9. Printer Pro ($2.99 for iPhone, iPad and the Website) Before you run away after looking at the price for this app, let me tell you this one is definitely worth the money. Printer Pro allows you to print anything — documents, emails and web pages — directly from your device. Advanced printing options, such as print orientation, scaling, number of copies and even paper size, give you desktop-class printing on a small-scale device. Best of all, Printer Pro is compatible with both Wi-Fi enabled printers and USB ones. No more saving documents to the cloud to print them later on a computer!
10. Pocket (Free for iPhone, iPad, Android and Mac) Don’t lose track of the all the interesting things you find by letting tabs pile up in your browser. Pocket allows you to easily save articles, videos and more for later. Everything goes to one place, so you can view it any time on any device, even without an Internet connection. It’s perfect for when you want to read an article or watch a video but don’t have time at the moment.
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By: Alyssa DiMaria @Current_DiMaria
Dental Health Center Location: 3200 University Drive Davie Phone number: 954-678-7500 Website: nova.edu/healthcare/dental Students can go to this center for general dental needs, root canal therapy, extractions, implants, dentures, crowns, bridges, braces and gum disease treatment. Optometric Health Care Center Location: 3200 University Drive Davie Phone number: 954-678-2273 Website: nova.edu/healthcare/optometry The optical center offers basic eye examinations, along with specialty testing and treatment services that include primary eye care, pediatric and binocular vision, contact lenses, glaucoma, low vision rehabilitation and visual electrodiagnostic testing. Henderson Student Counseling Center Location: 3538 University Park Plaza Davie Phone number: 954-262-7050 Website: nova.edu/healthcare/studentcounseling The center offers students individual therapy sessions with licensed therapists to treat anxiety and panic disorders, depression, anger management, financial stress, social struggles, chronic illnesses, abuse, suicidal thoughts, assault and other concerns. All students are eligible for 10 free sessions per year with a psychologist or mental health professional, though they are encouraged to schedule appointments in advance. Appointments with a psychiatrist, who can prescribe mediation, costs a nominal fee covered by many insurance plans.
Pharmacy Location: 3200 University Park Plaza Davie Phone number: 954-262-4550 Website: nova.edu/healthcare/pharmacy The NSU pharmacy offers prescription dispensing, dosage monitoring for patients with multiple prescriptions, wellness screenings, herbal and nutritional counseling and disease management programs for diabetes and hypertension. The pharmacy also provides free screenings to NSU students, employees, and the public the third Tuesday of every month. Audiology Clinic Location: 3200 University Park Plaza Davie Phone number: 954-262-7750 Website: nova.edu/healthcare/hearingbalance The clinic specializes in hearing and balance impairment and provides various treatment options for patients’ communication needs. Services include auditory processing evaluations, assistive listening technologies and hearing evaluations. Sports Medicine Clinic Location: 3301 College Avenue Davie Phone number: 954-262-5590 Website: nova.edu/healthcare/medical/sportsmed The clinic concentrates on treatment and preventive care of amateur and professional athletes. It provides a wide range of services from sports physicals to stress tests. The clinic staff includes trained primary care physicians, specialty physicians and surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, nutritionists, psychologists and strength and conditioning trainers.
Student Medical Center Location: 3200 S. University Dr. Davie Phone number: 954-262-1262 Website: nova.edu/smc Physicians and physician assistants provide health care services for students. The medical center gives physical exams, immunizations, preventative care, general medicine care and minor surgical procedures. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are highly encouraged. Psychological Services Center Location: 3301 College Ave. Davie Phone: 954-262-5822 Website: nova.edu/healthcare/psychology Students and residents of the South Florida area have the opportunity to take advantage of the services offered at this center. Psychological assessments and counseling are available for patients emotionally distressed, suffering from severe behavior disorders, school-related issues, family violence and anxiety. The center also specializes in treatment for adolescent drug abuse and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Family Therapy Clinic at the Brief Therapy Institute Location: 3301 College Ave. Phone number: 954-262-2273 Website: nova.edu/healthcare/familytherapy The therapists of the Family Therapy Clinic work with families and individuals to find solutions to client’s unique problems. Clients can go to the institute for help with relationships, individual concerns or children’s needs. The institute is open to South Florida residents and the NSU community.
THE GREATEST WEALTH IS HEALTH: STAYING HEALTHY IN COLLEGE
By: Li Cohen
@Current_Yakira Congratulations! You’re officially a college student at NSU! The next four years of your life are going to be full of great friends, awesome experiences and amazing memories. With all of the excitement of the first year of college, staying healthy tends to get put on the back burner. To prevent the “Freshman 15” you’ve probably heard about, here are some tips on staying healthy so you can have a wonderful first year. Spend time outdoors. Study, read a book or hang out with friends. Spending some time outdoors allows you to absorb some of that much-needed Vitamin D and gives you a little time to relax. Believe it or not, spending time outside is proven to decrease stress levels. Plus, with the beautiful South Florida weather, why would you want to stay indoors all day? You paid for an awesome gym — use it. 98 cardio machines, 84 pieces of strength equipment and not one, but two swimming pools, not to mention a group exercise schedule — yep, we have a great gym at the RecPlex. With all of the machines, there’s really no excuse to avoid the gym. Yes, those guys with huge muscles can be pretty intimidating (we’ve all used that excuse), but, unless you’re a set of
weights, you really have nothing to worry about. They’re not going to try to lift you, so take your workout partner and get to work. Give yourself at least 15 minutes of “me time” every day. I really don’t think I can stress this one enough. You’re going to want to say “yes” to every organization, every event and every person who comes your way. I’m not telling you to say “no,” but just make sure that you reserve some time every day for yourself. Without that time to yourself, you will get burnt out, which will make you stressed, and nobody wants to be stressed out when they’re supposed to be having the best time of their lives. Watch some TV, go for a walk, read a book — do whatever makes you happy, and give yourself a break from all the craziness around you. Don’t cram for tests. Don’t cram for finals. Don’t cram for anything. Everyone’s going to Key West for the weekend? That’s awesome, but don’t you have a test Monday morning in your 7:45 a.m. class? Don’t wait until you get back Sunday night to study. You might live in South Florida now, but that’s not an excuse to party all the time and forget why you are at NSU: to get an education. Go out and have fun, but make sure that you
have studied as much as you need to and that you’re not shifting your priorities. Midterms and finals always creep up quickly once the semester starts; don’t let a few nights of fun distract you from your studies. Get enough sleep. Sleep is extremely important. If you don’t cram for your exams, there’s no reason you shouldn’t get eight hours every night. Do a little homework and a little studying every night, and then you won’t feel the need to stay up until 3 a.m. and drink five cups of coffee to get all your assignments done. Getting a full night of sleep gives you more energy, better focus and a better start to your day. Drink up (water)! Here’s the deal. You’re in college now, which means it’s time to make grown-up decisions. Caffeine is abundant but is not your only hydration option. Water is crucial to getting the most out of your day. Drinking at least eight cups a day will help keep you hydrated to help you focus better, have more energy and keep your body in homeostasis (one of our many biology majors can explain this to you on a more scientific level, if you wish). Build new friendships…
The friends you make in college are the people who will stay with you the rest of your life. Nothing says bonding like crying over biology homework, going downtown or Netflixing with a gallon of Ben & Jerry’s. If you’ve ever seen the show “Friends,” you know how true this actually is. You’re going to meet your best friends, soul bros and spirit animals. Embrace it. …but keep in touch with old friends and family. Just because you’re a grown up now doesn’t mean you shouldn’t call your mom. Your parents miss you, and they want to know how college is going for you. The time will come when you get a little homesick, and that’s OK. Your family and friends from home are still waiting for you. Don’t let those relationships dwindle as time goes by. Focus on the relationships that mean the most to you, and take the time to continuously build them. Try new things. This is the time you should learn to take chances. It can be as simple as trying sushi for the first time or going skydiving with your (new) best friend. Either way, get comfortable with being uncomfortable — it’s the only way to truly grow.
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Enrollment and Student Services (ESS) Welcomes You to NSU!
ESS is comprised of the Office of Student Financial Assistance, the Office of the University Registrar, the Office of the University Bursar, the One-Stop Shops in the Horvitz and Terry Administration Buildings, the University Call Center and Help Desk, Transfer Evaluation Services, Enrollment Processing Services/Admissions Management Services, and the Health Professions Division Office of Admissions. Collectively, the goal of ESS is to efficiently and effectively meet all your service needs! On this page, you will find important information for the 2015-2016 academic year. For more information, visit our webpages or call (954) 262-3380 or 800-806-3680.
Steps to Navigate the 2015-2016 Financial Aid Process Following is a brief description of important steps in the annual financial aid process. For detailed instructions, visit the NSU financial aid website at www.nova.edu/ financialaid.
Complete the FAFSA
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually which becomes available each January 1 at www.fafsa.gov.
Plan for Housing & Meals
Your financial aid budget includes a housing and meal component. Ensure that your budget covers these expenses if you intend to live on campus. Check Your Financial
3 Aid Account Frequently Access your financial aid status via SharkLink’s student tab to ensure you have no outstanding requirements. You must be fully admitted in order for your financial aid funds to disburse.
Maintain SAP or Lose Your Financial Aid You probably know that you have to maintain satisfactory grades and progress toward your degree requirements in order to remain eligible for financial aid. But do you know the specifics? Satisfactory Academic Progress, or SAP, refers to federal regulations that define specific standards for each program of study. Each student must meet standards in all of the following four categories: (1) grade point average (GPA), (2) annual credits earned (quantitative measure), (3) maximum timeframe (total allowable credits), and (4) pace (overall credits earned). Students who fail to meet the federally defined standards will lose their financial aid eligibility. For details, visit www.nova.edu/sap.
Submit Additional Documentation
Some students may be required to submit additional documents prior to being awarded. You will be notified of outstanding requirements via your NSU email. Your requirements (outstanding and completed) can also be viewed via SharkLink. (On the student tab, locate the financial aid section and click: My financial aid > Eligibility > Student Requirements.) Provided you have met all eligibility requirements and submitted all requested documents, you will receive your Award Notice via your NSU email or the U.S. Postal Service. Before accepting, reducing, or declining your awards, carefully review the Terms and Conditions of your Award Notice.
Accept, Reduce, or Decline Your Loan(s) or FWS Award
Your Award Notice will provide you with detailed instructions on how to accept, reduce, or decline your financial aid award.
Complete MPN and Entrance Counseling
If you are a first-time federal loan borrower, you will also be required to complete entrance counseling and a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at www.student loans.gov. The MPN is a legal and binding contract that establishes the terms of loan repayment. In most cases, you will not be required to complete another MPN, and you can borrow additional direct loans on a single MPN for up to 10 years. If you are applying for a Direct PLUS for the first time as a graduate/first-professional student or a parent borrower, you or your parent(s) will be required to complete and sign a PLUS MPN that is separate from the one used for subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Register for Classes
Be sure to register early to ensure timely disbursement of your financial aid. Please remember that enrollment requirements vary depending on your program of study and the financial aid programs through which you have been awarded.
Did you know about all the things you can do in SharkLink…?
Review the status of your financial aid including outstanding requirements
View grades and request official transcripts
Update your contact information
View your class schedule
View your student account
Pay your bill
Accept, reduce, or decline your financial aid award
Sign up for direct deposit for loan refunds
View your award payment schedule
Retrieve tax information
Obtain a free, official enrollment verification certificate
View your status regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid
Complete the Student Enrollment Agreement (SEA) and register for classes
7 Things to
REMEMBER when REGISTERING
1. Run a CAPP report Your individualized Curriculum Advising and Program Planning (CAPP) report will show your progress toward degree completion and list remaining courses to be taken. 2. Consult your academic advisor for questions That’s what he or she is here for! 3. Resolve holds If a hold on your account is preventing registration, be sure to resolve any issues before the registration deadline. 4. Complete the Student Enrollment Agreement (SEA) This step is required each semester. The SEA includes many important policies and your obligations as a student. Failure to complete the SEA may result in the cancellation of your registration. 5. Submit payment Payment is due at the time of registration. Make sure you have completed all financial aid requirements for your aid to disburse. Access your NSU eBill at www.nova.edu/nsuebill to view account activity and to make a payment. Billing statements are sent on the 15th of each month to your NSU email. 6. Know the deadlines The best time to make adjustments to your schedule is either during the drop/add period or the week before class, depending on your program. After this period, your record becomes official and you generally have to contact your academic advisor and submit a Student Transaction Form to make a change. 7. Attend your first class Faculty is required to reconcile their class rosters during the first week of classes. If you are not in attendance, you might be removed from the class. Therefore, as stated in the SEA, be sure to attend your first class or proactively contact your professor so that you won’t be dropped.