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Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
I was very involved with the Residence Hall Association, Undergraduate Student Government and Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. I was also on the Club Tennis Team my freshman year.
I was very blessed to work with some talented individuals with diverse personalities. Working with these unique personalities taught me the value and beauty of serving others. I've learned that "To lead is to serve." It is a motto I live by, and I strive to challenge myself and lead by example every day.
What's your favorite ASU memory?
My favorite ASU memory was being crowned the first Greek God during Greek Week 2009. It meant a great deal to me, because Greek life was such an influential aspect of my undergraduate experience.
Tell us about your involvement in the LGBT Devils' Pride alumni club.
I am the founding president of LGBT Devils’ Pride. When our club began, we had to move forward and become an official club through the ASU Alumni Association. So much of my involvement was spent promoting the club and garnering signatures to become a formal club with ASU. Our advisers, Bill Kavan and Cindy Dick, were the catalysts for the club and really helped me set LGBT Devils' Pride on the right track as the first LGBT alumni club in Arizona history.
What are the benefits of giving back to ASU through your volunteer efforts?
Volunteering is the best way to grow and develop as a leader. You garner leadership skills that you can take with beyond your college years. What you learn inside the classroom become just as important as what you learn outside of it. You learn so much about yourself, and you get to meet some amazing individuals along the way. For example, I've met my best friend and my college sweetheart/current boyfriend through volunteering at ASU. I am eternally grateful to have both of them in my life, and I can thank volunteering for ASU because of it.
What personal qualities do you think were most strongly developed in you during your years as a Sun Devil?
One quality I strongly developed in my years as a Sun Devil was independence. I learned how to live out on my own and to never be afraid of who I am. It’s important to think independently and remember who you are when making any decisions in your everyday life.
I actually "came out" as a gay man in my freshman year of college, and gaining that sense of independence allowed me to be free. It was the by far the best decision I've made my entire life because freedom is like air. Without it, you can't live.
What are three "can't-miss" ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?