Amy Olivares ’02 B.I.S.

Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
I was a member of Chi Omega while I was at ASU. Being part of a sorority definitely shaped my experience at school. I came from a very small town in Massachusetts and I wanted to find my place in a huge school. In my sorority, I met some of the greatest women I’ve ever known, and learned what sisterhood really meant. You learn so many valuable lessons in a sorority that help mold you into the person you strive to be. It taught me about leadership, philanthropy, serving the community, discipline, and networking. All in all, it was the best experience and I am forever grateful to be a Chi Omega.

How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?
In 2002, I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on Communications and Spanish. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to have a pretty successful career in sales. I am an account executive with the HT Group, a local recruiting firm in Austin. I believe my degree taught me how to relate and communicate effectively with people. I learned how to develop strong interpersonal skills, how to negotiate, overcome objections, teamwork and about leadership principles. All these fundamental skills were a great solid base to form my future career choices.

How did ASU help you achieve your dream?
My dream is still in the making, but I know that I couldn’t be where I am today without being a Sun Devil. I bleed maroon and gold, and I take that with me where ever I go.

Tell us about your involvement with the Austin chapter of the ASU Alumni Association.
I am on my second term as president of the Austin alumni chapter. I am honored to be president of such a wonderful chapter. Our chapter is very involved and it truly is my second family. We plan many Pac-12 events to make our conference community stronger here in Austin. We bring the Sun Devil Nation to Austin, and we have many great local supporters.

What advice would you have for today’s students?
 We get asked this question every year at our Sun Devil Send-Off. My answer is always the same: get involved. Get out there and join a group that is just right for you. Get out of your comfort zone and experience everything ASU has to offer. There is so much to do on campus – try it all out, see if it fits, if it doesn’t, move on to something else. It will enrich your experience at ASU and make you grow as a person.

What are three “can’t-miss” ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?

  1. Go to a home football game. Even if you are not a football fan, go to one game. Experience the crowd, the excitement, and the traditions at Sun Devil Stadium. 
  2. Climb “A” Mountain. You just have to!
  3. Participate in Pat’s Run. Whether it is in Tempe or in a different city, join a run. The feeling of community and of pride you will experience is overwhelming.
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