What’s your future going to look like? | Arizona State University

What’s your future going to look like? | Arizona State University

October 13, 2019 2 By Stanley Isaacs


What’s your future going to look like? Are you just going to wait for it or are you
going after it? What drives you? What inspires you? How are you going to make an impact? This is the place where you can figure that
out. This is Arizona State University. I just want to be able to love and have compassion
for whatever I do because the way I see it, if I’m doing that, I won’t be working a day
in my life. There is such a unique energy on this campus. In classes I have people from every part of
the world, from every state in the U.S. I wanted to find something that was diverse. I wanted to have an experience that would
open me up to as many different kinds of things as possible. I get to work and come to school every day
with experts in the business, as well as have some of the greatest equipment and be able
to take that internationally. My majors combine Math, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology. It’s very up-and-coming. It’s cutting edge. I think that’s what ASU is all about. Being innovative and doing something that
no one else has done. Because ASU offers so many different opportunities,
so many experiences, you really lack for nothing here. I think this is a fascinating place to study. People that are looking for a huge university,
they’ll find it here. People who are looking for a more intimate,
smaller experience, you’ll find it here, too. I think ASU definitely is like a microcosm
of the world. There’s all different types of people here
and different types of cultures that we’re being constantly exposed to. As a writer, I have been able to travel all
over the country and other parts of the world as well, I’ve been to a lot of universities. ASU is just different. If you’ve got new ideas, you belong. The size of the population that we have really
means that there are all sorts of opportunities for students in terms of organizations, in
terms of classroom experiences. It really allows students to have the kind
of educational experiences most meaningful to them. You’ve got the resources of a large university,
the libraries, the computer infrastructure, but you’ve also got places like the honors
college, which offer you the feeling of being in a small liberal arts college. The opportunity to move around and experience
different kinds of things here was so simple. So I did come in undecided, and to figure
out what I wanted there was a lot of support. You have academic advisors and they truly
care about what you want to do. That’s kind of how I was able to pursue graphic
design, travel and tourism, medicine, and then I found industrial design and that was
really where it hit home to me. Being able to customize what you are looking
for or through classes or clubs that are at ASU, I think is crucial to finding out who
you are as a person, how you work, and how you can thrive in your field, and I feel like
ASU gives that opportunity, that challenge, that push, that social acceptance that you
can get in order to thrive in today’s society. You are not siloed in your college. You can really combine and mix and match to
make it a very unique education so that you can tailor it to your needs and your passions. And the faculty will help you steer in the
right direction, and you can find your niche here. I mean, I did. The best college experience is the one that
you’re excited about, and there’s a lot here so explore the possibilities, but whichever
path you take, you’ll be at a top ranked university with faculty who bring real world experience
and forward thinking to the classroom. While I’ve been at ASU, I would say that I’ve
really met some of the most interesting people that I’ve ever met in my life, and many of
those people have been professors. We have some of the world’s leading scholars. There are people here that specialize in whatever
it is you are interested in. It is definitely an advantage of having a
larger university with a large faculty. I have had teachers that really take the time
to get to know me and are looking out for my success, which I didn’t think I would get
at such a large school. I don’t call them students, I call them junior
colleagues. They make things fun, just the things that
they come up with. The new people are not locked into the old
ways of thinking. Some of the things, we at ASU, develop help
the rest of the world. I had a lot of great opportunities to work
in these places where I still have tremendous friends at MIT, and at Carnegie, and at Brown,
but I came to ASU because of this vision of a New University. The thing that really brought me here was
the combination of the excellence of my colleagues. This school is kind of a dream place to work,
and then the part that I love most is the vision and the scope of the university. The students that I get at ASU, they come
from all over the world, they bring so many frames of mind, so many ways of thinking that
it can’t help but be an exciting place. What we are about is designing the solutions
to the problems that we are confronting today, and there isn’t any kind of problem that you
can conceptualize that you can’t learn to solve here. I think one thing that sets us apart from
other universities is that we are not static. You don’t come here to learn something that
they taught 20 years ago, you come here and learn where the edges of disciplines are. We are a research institution, which means
that the faculty that you have, whatever campus you are on, are faculty that are nationally
and internationally known, and on the cusp of the research that they are doing. My goal is to interact with students in everything
that I do. Students are bright and have ideas, and enthusiasm,
and energy, and they make things happen. To be treated like another researcher is wonderful
because you are not just sitting and cleaning dishes, you are getting to do more. You are getting to use your creative thinking
to make a difference. I was able to go down to Mexico to do archeological
research for a summer and then continue that into a research project for the next year
that I have loved working on. To be able to go to another country and do
paid research as an undergraduate is just amazing. I have very few friends anywhere in the country
that are doing something that incredible. So I am sitting here at the BioDesign Institute
at ASU. It’s a cutting-edge, world-class facility
where biological research is conducted. As an undergraduate, I’ve had the privilege
of being able to work here. It really is beyond anything I could have
ever imagined. We have a lot of industries sponsoring and
that’s just phenomenal for people who want that hands-on experience. We are a huge partner with NASA. Incoming freshmen can come and work on missions
that are flying right now. They can stand in this building and see the
cameras on Mars. It’s a huge thrill, and what I hope is it
inspires people to realize that none of this is really out of their reach. People can get involved in anything they are
really interested in. I have an internship with the Arizona Senate
in the research department. I could have never imaged that I would secure
an internship of this magnitude at such a young age. It’s unreal that undergraduates are doing
the things that they are doing here. Beyond the support that you will receive from
your professors, ASU’s extensive resources will always be by your side. From academic advisors and degree tracking
tools, to online and in-person tutoring, to your own personalized website that helps you
keep tabs on your ASU experience. At ASU, you are surrounded with resources
to succeed. I think the number one way that I’ve been
successful here at ASU is by accessing those resources every day. The key to succeeding, at ASU, is to get involved. I think the best thing you can do is get out
of your comfort zone because that’s where you learn the most about yourself and about
who you want to be. Wherever you come from, whatever background
you come from, you know, there is something to fit you, to make sure that you feel involved,
to feel comfortable. If there is something that isn’t available
to you, you can start it. Who would have ever thought that an 18-year-old,
a freshman, would be able to start his own group on campus and actually get members involved? I chose to live on-campus because I wanted
the full college experience. I wanted to grow, not only academically, but
as a person. I wanted to be independent. Not only do I meet a ton of new people, but
I have easy access to events that are held campus wide. Because it is an opportunity, really, to build
your family here and that group of people that you are probably going to be friends
with for the rest of your life. Living on campus with my fellow Sun Devils,
you just have that pride and you bleed maroon and gold. I love face painting and getting all dressed
up to go out to the games. It draws you in. You become a Sun Devil. It becomes a part of who you are. When you are not rooting on the Sun Devils. You will be enjoying life in a great college
town. Located in America’s sunniest metropolis,
Phoenix is one of few American cities that offer the amenities of a large city alongside
an awesome outdoor lifestyle. And with more than 85,000 employers and major
corporations calling the region home, Phoenix means business, and you have access to great
internships and job opportunities. ASU is rooted in the heart of the Southwest. A short drive will take you to the mountains,
the ocean, or some of the most dramatic landscapes anywhere in the world. At the center of it all, we have four different
campuses, in the Metro Phoenix area. Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, Tempe and West. Each campus has a different look, feel, and
size. The Tempe Campus, it’s very unique. You are on one end of the campus and there’s
the art museum and the secret garden where it’s very calm and tranquil, and then you
have the MU and it’s really upbeat, and fast-paced, and modern, and then you have the other side
of campus that is very scientific. There is always something to do. We have ASU Gammage, where we have broadway
shows being performed. I can go to the football games right down
the street. You also have the Downtown Campus, and it’s
really embedded in the city. You have majors like journalism, non-profit
management, nursing. We are close to all of the major newsmakers,
which is critical to journalism. It just creates that feeling that you are
in a working place and that you have great opportunities just around the corner. The Polytechnic Campus, is very unique because
it was built on the idea of infusing technology, science, engineering, and business together. It’s amazing the tight knit community that
I’ve been able to establish here, but then you are still part of ASU. You are still part of that bigger campus. At the West Campus you’re being very focused
around liberal arts, and education, and business, and a focus on community access. It’s a small town feel. It’s beautiful. Everyone knows everybody, and it’s just a
great place to feel at home. We are one university in many places. There is just this wide variety of opportunities
that are available here, that I don’t think exist in many other places. ASU just makes me feel greatness. Pretty much, greatness packaged up in a college
box. As soon as a student walks in the door, I
think they are going to realize, this is a place they want to be because it’s state of
the art, it’s an unparalleled experience in education, and it’s a special place that students
feel comfortable and they feel welcome. I’ve learned how to take opportunities, how
to be creative, how to accept myself as who I am. And I feel confident that whatever is coming
next, I am ready. If you want to make the most of your college
experience, it’s here at ASU. It really is. So what’s next? Join us online. Take the next step. It’s time for you to be a Sun Devil.