I don't mind it here too much, however, this is
not the school for me.
Why? I am career-driven and
very school-focused, but still social. I enjoy getting done up
and going out to clubs, going to movies with my
friends, going to parties and socializing with both my friends
and new people. However, I do not drink or smoke
at all. While I don't mind those who do in
any capacity, I personally don't. That being said, a lot
of people misconstrue my balance of studying and participating in
normal college things as a “boring” lifestyle; I've had trouble
making a “ton” of friends like I thought I would
considering the size. In fact, the school's size makes it
even harder to find friends. All of the friends I
made live on my floor. I am an out-of-state student
who knew no one coming here, so that doesn't help.
HOWEVER, if you looove to party, you will love it
here. You have to really be outgoing, want to party
and want to make friends. It also helps to either
be female, be in a frat, or just be willing
to anything to get your fix.
I am not really
going to generalize the people here other than by saying
that the majority are actually really friendly here in Arizona,
especially students. Surprising, I know. However, be wary of the
numerous sluts and douchebags, as they're pretty rampant. You probably
know if you fit into these categories.
The city is
decent. I doubt you'll need a car during your first
year. However, the desert is not always very pretty, especially
around here. If you're looking for the classically beautiful desert,
with buttes and cacti and what not, look in Tucson
or elsewhere. There are plenty of clubs in Scottsdale and
Pheonix. Many good restaurants around.
The on-campus food is actually
pretty good, but if you're an extremely healthy eater, you
might find yourself limited.
Now onto the academics: most
classes are HUGE, which is not good if you like
being able to easily consult your teacher or ask questions
to get a better understanding. It's also not good if
you just plain like focusing and not being distracted by
a plethora of other idiots (yes, classes really do get
into the 300-400 range). Anything 100 and smaller works for
me, though, and probably will be fine for you. It
depends on your preferences.
I had a few amazing teachers
here, including Cornelia Wells, my advanced English teacher. I had
had some terrible ones that are condescending, rude, and unbelievably
unhelpful. It's hard to generalize the professors. I recommend using
ratemyprofessors.com before you pick your schedule - trust me, it's
The coursework is not bad if you
went to a hard high school. However, it's not always
that easy. In fact, it can be very difficult for
some. Many people I know dropped calculus in their first
The facilities are not the most attractive, and some
of the dorms are pretty bad. However, places like Hassayampa
are pretty nice.
My dorm is always incredibly loud
at all hours of the day, especially late at night.
Lots of drunkards. Lots of people who DO NOT care
about school. Lots of arrests have been made. The CAs
The best thing about this school is probably
the green rating. However, since most people don't care about
that, it is only worth mentioning as a last detail.
In conclusion, DO come here if you:
-like Phoenix, AZ and surrounding areas
not like to be focused on school, but are only
going to college to go to college and prefer partying
-want to take an easier route than, say, the Ivies
at the expense of getting an education that at times
-are not a huge fan of thinking out
of the box
-getting an extremely
lucrative job doesn't mean the world to you: no offense,
but nobody's gonna be “wowed” that you went to Arizona
State, unless you excelled at W.P. Carey or Walter Cronkite,
the latter of which is actually at the downtown campus,
not at Tempe
DON'T go here if:
-you're social, but don't drink
very noise-sensitive when sleeping or studying
-you hate Arizona and
-you are very driven to get the
best pre-professional, undergraduate education possible. Go to UPenn or another
smaller liberal arts college for that. W.P. Carey is good,
but not the best by any means.
I hope this
helped. It's lengthy. Hope you make the right choice, 'cause
I'm getting the hell out of here.