Jonell Lucca '95 B.A.

Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?

I participated in student government in various positions – including elections coordinator and PR director – as well as the Student Alumni Association, the ASU Student Foundation, and the Residence Hall Association. I gained friends, developed leadership skills, and learned how to work with a team towards a common goal. I also worked three part-time jobs, so with a full course load, I learned how to set priorities, manage my time, meet deadlines, and deal with the pressure of being a working college student. I continue to use all of those skills in my life today.

How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?

The courses I took at ASU required critical thinking and problem solving, skills I use every day as a lawyer. The writing courses I took continue to inform my writing today, which is a major part of my legal practice. Class presentations and vigorous debates with a very diverse group of classmates and professors prepared me for speaking before juries and courts, which is the other main component of my practice.

How did ASU help you achieve your dream?

My dream was to be the first in my family to graduate from college, attend law school and become a prosecutor. Law school isn’t cheap! I was fortunate to receive a full scholarship to ASU through the Leadership Scholarship Program (LSP), which enabled me to move to Tempe from New Jersey and explore a whole new part of the country while receiving an incredible education. The financial benefits of LSP meant I could pursue law school and a career in public service without the burden of undergraduate debt. But more importantly, LSP gave me lifelong friends, made ASU small and personal, challenged my thinking, and continues to give me an opportunity to give back to the program as an alumna. 

Tell us about your involvement with the ASU Alumni Association.

I served in various capacities, including a term as president of the Leadership Scholarship Program alumni chapter, as well as several years on the ASU Alumni Association’s National Alumni Council. My chapter involvement gave me the opportunity to enhance the experience of our alumni and also gave me occasions to interact with the dynamic young scholars currently in the program. My service on the council allowed me to learn about the exciting new advancements at ASU and hear from university personnel first-hand about how ASU continues to be a catalyst for change in higher education.

What are three “can’t-miss” ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?

As a former resident assistant, I have to say “live on campus”! You make lifelong friends, grow as a person, and have a lot of fun! Attending Homecoming festivities in the fall semester is a must, so you can see all ASU has to offer at the block party, take in the parade, and cheer on the Sun Devils at the football game! And you must hike up “A” Mountain for the amazing views of the beautiful Tempe campus.