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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 in the Associated Students of ASU (ASASU) in government relations, the ASU Student Foundation, Barrett, The Honors College at ASU, and was a part of Panhellenic and Greek life as a member of Sigma Kappa sorority. ASASU was a great experience in that it allowed for me to work on productive topics with the Arizona Board of Regents and issues affecting students at the legislature. I also had an amazing camaraderie with many of my peers at Barrett. Barrett was a great foundation during my formative years and helped to create long-lasting friendships.
How did your education at ASU prepared you for your current job or business?
As a public affairs consultant, I work in the business side of politics. I studied a lot of my ideological basics as a political science major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and delved into the ideas and framework of what makes people tick and politically motivates people.
Through my extracurricular activities and group projects, I learned a lot about what it means to work in a team. I also learned when to lead, when to let others lead and how to apply critical thinking skills. In my professional career, I manage large campaigns and projects. Critical thinking, management, and logistics are all critical to my day-to-day operations.
Which ASU professor(s) made a lasting impression on you and why?
Associate Professor Jack 'Crit' Crittenden in the School of Politics & Global Studies had a wait list to get into his courses. While we had different ideological viewpoints, Crit was never demeaning. He relentlessly challenged everyone and demanded excellence. Mike Stanford, a former professor and currently a visiting lecturer at Barrett, taught one of my first courses at ASU: the Human Event. He taught us how to think, not what to think. He has been a great friend and mentor to this day.
How have you supported ASU since you left the university?
I have been a part of ASU's Women in Philanthropy and also have privately supported scholarships and the Dean's Fund at the honors college. I think it's important to give back by either time or helping to support the next generation of students. Alumni should support their school. I felt very honored to have been able to go to Barrett's convocation last year and to present the Outstanding Graduate award.
Why have you chosen to be a member of the Alumni Association?
I have a lot of school pride, and am proud to be a Sun Devil. I get excited to read about ASU's growth and accomplishments. I also think it's fantastic that we are developing chapters in other states to engage our Sun Devils across the country.
What current developments at ASU do you find most exciting?
I love walking into the honors college complex – it truly is amazing. When I was a student at ASU we were based out of Best Hall. I think that it would be very exciting to be a student now, given all of the growth and resources that are available to them.
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