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Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
The Residence Hall Association (RHA) and Associated Students of ASU (ASASU). I really enjoyed being involved with both groups. I was a resident assistant (RA) for three-and-a-half years, all of it at Cholla. I had the opportunity to mentor many students and help them with their ASU experience. Several of my residents became RAs and became very involved with the university in leadership roles.
My experience at ASASU was an amazing experience. It gave me the opportunity to listen to fellow students and to make changes to make the ASU campus experience better. I held the position of activities vice president. My experiences here taught me how to be a more thoughtful leader and how giving back can truly make a difference.
Tell us about your involvement in the Alumni Association's Georgia alumni chapter.
I have been president of the chapter for three years and have been active in the chapter since I moved to the state more than five years ago. The chapter and its members have created great programs to get alumni involved and make future students feel more confident about their choice to go to ASU. Some of our activities include bimonthly networking lunches, Sun Devil Send-Offs, an ASU Cares food drive, game-watching parties, etc. It is nice to find Sun Devil connections here in Georgia, where the Pac-12 feels very far away.
How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?
I studied supply chain management in the business school and I am currently in the financial services field. I think this major encouraged my creativity and ability to network. In supply chain management, you have to think of new ways to do business and strategize as well as work with other departments and strengthen external relationships. These are all things that help me move my business forward every day.
What personal qualities do you think were most strongly developed in you during your years as a Sun Devil?
Being an RA and listening to students helped me to construct compromises and find ways to better work for them. The opportunity to serve as vice president of activities with ASASU developed my ability to speak and act on behalf of all students who wanted their voices heard. Leading with a purpose and cause that is bigger than you can be very empowering and humbling at the same time, and that’s something that I take with me every day.
What advice would you give to today’s ASU students?
Network with your professors, fellow students and alumni! We have some of the most prestigious professors in their fields and they have great reputations, experience and most likely have connections in the profession in which the students are looking to work.
I also believe that students should get involved with activities within the university (ASASU, political organizations, Greek Life, religious activities, sports, etc.). You never know who you are going to meet, and you never know what you are going to enjoy.
I would also encourage today’s students to get internships as early and often as possible. It is challenging to get professional experience and an internship gives new entrants into the workforce a head up.