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Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
The main group I was involved with was student body government. I wanted to be part of shaping the growth of ASU as a whole. One lesson that I took with me from being a senator for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, into future jobs and position, was the importance of creating and maintaining balanced relationships between very different groups. I learned you have to listen and build trust. These are skills I continue to use on a daily basis.
How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?
ASU prepared me in a number of ways that I still rely on daily. The ability to work well with dissimilar groups, the experience of working in large and varied environments, being able to problem solve and generate multiple solutions for the same issue all helped in my career.
I went into college without an agenda and without a clear end-game. However, that’s the beauty of a liberal arts education. I had very good professors across very different disciplines. They encouraged vision and diverse methods of solution finding. I learned as much from an English emeritus professor about the world as seen by Shakespeare as I did from the critical and direct feedback from a political science professor. I learned about the world and how to navigate it, and I learned about myself.
How did ASU help you achieve your dream?
ASU and the community were part of my life during some of my most influential times. While ASU didn’t necessarily help me achieve my dream, it has helped me to continue to achieve my dreams.
Tell us about your involvement with the ASU Alumni Association.
Currently I’m the president of the Utah alumni chapter. I connected late to the Alumni Association, after I met Coach Kush at a tailgate party here in Utah, where I live now. It was through that chance meeting that I connected with other ASU alumni here in Utah and saw their passion for ASU. Since then, I have grown to appreciate the breadth and reach of the association and the groups’ desire to help other alumni and I wanted to be a part of that.
What advice would you have for today’s students?