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Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
I was involved with the Programming & Activities Board for all four years of college. I worked my way up from photographer (which was funny, because I knew nothing about taking pictures) to the director of campus events, where I was charged with getting companies to give us money to set up events on campus.
It was great to have the opportunity to work with big brands like Microsoft and Crest. This experience helped me navigate the red tape in working with big corporations and institutions like ASU while also acquiring new skills in contract negotiation, marketing, event planning, and management. It was a blast!
How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?
Looking back at my time at ASU, I realize now how truly fortunate I was in making the decision to become a Sun Devil. I am incredibly proud to be an alum of the W. P. Carey School of Business. My business school classes were challenging, and also provided real-world case studies for me to learn from.
Also, being a student at the largest university in the nation forced me to come out of my shell and stand out. That meant getting to know my professors, getting involved with student government, and not being shy about speaking up or taking the lead in group projects. All of these things helped me prepare, not only for my first job, but also to eventually launch my nonprofit organization, Move For Hunger.
How did ASU help you achieve your dream?
The friends I made and the experiences I had at ASU will carry on with me forever. Some of the people I met during my time at ASU have played significant roles in my organization. For instance, my friend Jon – whom I met in my dorm freshman year – built Move For Hunger's first website and updated it for the first two years - free of charge! My classes, my professors, and my student government experiences all helped me prepare to take on the challenge of launching a national hunger-relief organization – even though I didn't know it at the time.
Describe an ASU faculty member whose teaching or scholarship had a significant impact upon you.
I'll never forget Jim Spiers, who taught Marketing 101. It was my first class for my major, and boy did he make an impression. Jim was a big man with a big booming voice. He refused to use a microphone, which was smart, as it forced us to listen. He was the most animated and fun of any of my professors during my time at ASU. In fact, on our second day of class, he climbed up on top of a desk to emphasize an important point during the lesson.
It was a great class that forced us to think creatively. I went back and visited him several years later to tell him about the organization I had launched, and it meant so much to me to hear his positive feedback and support.
What are three “can’t-miss” ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?
What advice would you have for today’s ASU students?
Make the most of your college experience. Four years flies by! Get involved, and don't be afraid to stand out in the crowd. ASU is an incredible place from the faculty who will support you to the life-long friends you'll meet.
Meet new friends, make mistakes, and fail – a lot. You're here to learn, and it's the safest place to figure out who you are and where you're going. Bleed maroon and gold, and never miss a football game.