ASU Family Stories: The Fuller Family | Arizona State University
We have two sons: Joey and Jack. We call them “the tale of two boys.” Completely different learning styles, completely different personalities, and yet both have found a home here at ASU. You know, everyone who meets Jack, like, he makes a really big first impression. People always like remember him. He’s definitely more introverted, but I’d say he’s also more, like, independent. He’s definitely able to like set his own plan, his goals, his agendas, and he will stick to it and get it done no matter what. What was very surprising to me is how different their experiences are, yet they’re at the same institution. You know, many institutions the experience is very similar or very cookie cutter. The inclusiveness that President Crow put into the mission statement was huge because that’s what we want our boys to see. Our values, too, are hard work. Nothing is free in life, you have to work for it. You’ve got to earn it. We’re big on being a family, being supportive. And we’ve always said, “This is your playbook. It’s time for you to write your own stories.” When they made their decisions to come here, they both had great opportunities to go elsewhere. I applied to UC Berkeley, UCLA, Fordham University, University of Minnesota, Coast Guard Academy, and ASU. I ended up getting into all six. I had to really think about what was like important to me, and like, who I was, and what schools would best align with those values. The level of achievements that they have succeeded in is just, it astounds us. Joe was a Fulbright candidate. Jack, his first year, I mean we were thinking he was going to do well, but student senator … he’s a double major, as well as being at Barrett. I’ve gotten a lot of opportunities. When I went to Taiwan this last summer, I got it completely paid for. I don’t think I would have had a chance to do something like that if I had gone to a university back home in California. If your student gets accepted here, they are wanted here. When you’re here, they are are going to make sure your student is successful here. Their worlds are so different here, and yet they are both getting this top-rate degree, and they’re both getting, you know, all the social aspects of what it means to be at college, and they’re learning the independent skills by living on their own. I think the thing that impressed me the most was the way they embraced their opportunity and just took off with it.