Marching from California to ASU | Arizona State University
One. Two. Ready… go. I’m Chris. I’m from Rancho Cucamonga, California. I’m involved in the marching band. I play the euphonium. I chose ASU because it’s a good distance from my parents, but not too far. We’re the Cronin’s, and our son is Chris Cro…. topher. Coming from California, this was the only out-of-state school that I applied to. It actually costs about the same to come here. With the financial aid packages and scholarship money that he’s received, it’s really made Arizona State a comparable opportunity for him and an affordable one. He got the freedom to just kind of grow, and be his own person without mom and dad right there. It’s really easy to make friends. You can really just walk up to anybody and say “Hey, what’s up?” Arizona State feels like a really big school, but it treats you like it’s a very small school. There are so many faculty, and so many opportunities, and so many resources here available to him that he can get involved in anything he wants to. This spirit is… is awesome. Everyone is so happy to be here, and there is so much pride in the Sun Devil name. It’s just a really awesome place to be. We want his degree to be valuable so that when he graduates he has great job opportunities. Going to a school with a great reputation is certainly important. I’m on track to do the 4+1 program so I can get my master’s in five years. I think all kids thrive in an environment where they know they have opportunities, where they feel connected, and where they have access to the resources and people who can help them. We’ve certainly had that experience here with Christopher at Arizona State. I feel like going out of state is one of the best decisions I’ve made. We’re the Cronin’s, and we’re Sun Devils.