have recently spent my last semester at ASU after 4
wonderful years. I'd reccomend this school for anybody and
I came all the way from Virginia and
am now looking for a career in Arizona so that
I may call it my permanent home.
I had never
visited the school before the first day of orientation but
have not doubted the decision once. The atmosphere at
the school promotes a laid back collegiate experience. Honestly,
you can get your degree anywhere and unless it's ivy
league no one really cares. go have fun for
four years and still get an education. spend it
in the warmth and sunshine surrounded by fantastic people.
a big school absolutely but never did I feel like
a number. Every day walking down Palm Walk I
would stop at least 3 times saying hi to friends
or people I knew along the way. And I
am by no means some super social kid. It
is just easy to get to know people there, most
everyone no matter their personal status ( as there are
a lot of obviously wealthy people who go here )
are affable to an extreme degree.
The educational quality has
been consistently rising as funds are recycled into the school.
Tempe can't be beat for a college town, but add
on to it the SHORT drive to Scottsdale or
Phoenix or even Mesa (where I lived for my last
year and a half). All are beautiful areas, and
have great social aspects.
Speaking of the social aspects, they
are really unrivaled. I was a fairly anti-social kid
in highschool but have done a 180 in four years.
Its not just the Greeks that go big (
get past the stereotypes and consider joining one - fantastic
decision ). Tons of other student clubs are well
known for their dedication to having a good time.
No matter what your current social status is, don't thing
that at ASU you won't be able to find similar
peers with similar interests. One of the great advantages
of such a big school. Even if you don't
do clubs or greek there is still almost no way
you can't land yourself into a good time unless you
can't find the door leading out of your place.
everything you need is right there.
I lived on campus for first two years without a
car, never had an issue.
Like at every big school,
parking sucks, and the people working for them get off
on writing you up.
Beginning classes can be huge but
after you decide upon a paticular set of studies you
will grow with the same set of people in ever
shrinking classes. Sit up front and introduce yourself to
a professor and class size won't matter. Professors love
the students who talk to them and go out of
their way to give them good grades, anyone who complains
about class size is just lazy.
don't stress out over
where you are going to go to school and then
get into some prestigious university where you will scratch your
eyes out from the stress. Personal example:
to ASU. Loved every second and was never stressed.
Did a lot of networking just by attending class and
having a good time. Still got a great practical education.
Worked contacts and school resources when I graduated ( many
that I met at bars or parents of friends )
and now have a great job out of college.
Friend went to University of Virgina. Fun school
at times but the work load often piles up.
She was often stressed out and doubted her decision to
attend that school to have that name up on her
wall. She was in the same program I was
but doesn't have much lined up still.
Just my own
personal example and certainly doesn't apply across the board.
line: Go here, you'll love it and wish you
could make a 4 year experience a 10 year one.