Malissia Clinton '90 B.S.

What groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Devils’ Advocates, the Leadership Scholarship Program, and REACH. Because of my participation in these activities, I am a better public speaker, a stronger leader, and I met some of my dearest friends, who remain in my circle to this day.

What’s your favorite ASU memory?
I purchased an old beat-up Datsun B210 the summer before my freshman year for $800 and I remember piling in with my friends and tooling around campus in it. I enjoyed rooming with my sorority sisters at the Palo Verde dorm and attending Greek parties at the MU.  We were all “starving students,” and back then you could buy a complete meal at Taco Bell or Dick’s University Drive-In for $2.

How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job?
I learned to find my voice and my own personal brand among a large student body.  Back in 1986 ASU had more than 40,000 students, and yet I was able to sort through the array of choices and opportunities and find those suitable for me.  That took a lot of courage, and I try to exercise that courage whenever I am tasked with a difficult decision.

What personal qualities do you think were most strongly developed in you during your years as a Sun Devil?
I learned not to quit no matter the obstacle, to value my instincts over those of my peers, and to respect the wisdom of my elders.

What are three “can’t-miss” ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?
Join a club, live on campus if affordable, and attend Homecoming!

What advice would you give to today’s ASU students?
Have a great time – it will pass in the blink of an eye.  Remember this is your biggest self-investment so don’t waste it performing poorly – that’s money down the drain.  Laugh a lot; study a lot more.  Use credit cards wisely.

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