Justin Wilmeth '13 B.S.

Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
Growing up in Southern California, I had been to Arizona plenty of times over the years and had even been to the ASU campus, but never as a student. That all changed in 2010, when I needed a way to finish my degree without sacrificing my career or job. 

My options in Oklahoma were limited – then I discovered ASU Online. Over the course of three years, I earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in December 2013. For this "Digital Devil," ASU provided the options I needed to earn a college degree. And I’ve been transformed into a die-hard Sun Devil because of it.
 
How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?
Since I had started my career before finishing school, my degree didn't set me into my career field, but rather helped boost me onto the next level of where I want to go. ASU's online program allowed me to stay in my career field, keep my day job and earn a degree from a nationally known and respected institution. 
 
How did ASU help you achieve your dream?
By supporting me and making me feel like a priority. Distance education is great in many ways, but one drawback is not being on campus and interacting with students in the classroom. But every step of the way, ASU was attentive to my needs and always ready to help when I had any questions at all. 
 
Tell us about your involvement as a chapter leader for the ASU Alumni Association.
I'm now in my second year as president of the Oklahoma alumni club. Because of my non-traditional background, I don't have a ton of the typical campus memories. But through the Alumni Association, I've been able to build some. I started the Oklahoma Club from scratch in April 2013 while I was still finishing my undergrad work. Within a few months, we held a Sun Devil Send-Off in Oklahoma for the first time ever. For me, this club is a labor of love and my main connection to ASU.
 
Why have you chosen to be a member of the ASU Alumni Association?

For me it is all about supporting my school and being as active as I can in support of ASU in any way I can. I'm a loyal guy and ASU allowed me to achieve a dream I had long since given up on. I have chosen to be a member of the Alumni Association because its mission is important to the long-term growth of the school. 
 
What are three “can’t-miss” ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?

  1. Enjoy all of what Homecoming offers. Even though a lot of Homecoming is geared toward alums, make sure to take part in the activities around campus that week while you're an undergrad. Soak it in! 
  2. Go to a Territorial Cup game - at home, at least. I won't try to steer anyone to go to Tucson voluntarily - I mean, come on! But you have to for sure go to a Territorial Cup game at Sun Devil Stadium. 
  3. Some random Sunday, walk around campus. I know this sounds weird, but it's one of my favorite things to do during the several times per year when I'm at the Tempe campus. I like to grab a coffee, walk around, sit in a couple of random areas and just take the place in for an hour or two. The campus is SO beautiful - the buildings and the desert designs and the palm trees - you just have to let it speak to you. Give it a try sometime - it's like an entirely different place.