Arizona State University: A Student Interview

Armin earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Arizona State University. He specializes in economics tutoring, Mandarin Chinese tutoring, and a number of other subjects. Below, he shares his experience at Arizona State University:

Describe the campus setting and transportation options. 

Armin: Arizona State University offers a very diverse campus. Bikes, scooters, and longboards are possible modes of transportation, but there are certain areas where only walking is allowed. Buses are available to take you to other campuses and there are free buses to get you around Tempe. Parking on campus is hard to find.

How available are the professors, academic advisers, and teaching assistants?

Armin: The professors are very friendly and you can always schedule appointments with them. The teaching assistants are all really nice, as are the academic advisers. Everyone is readily available when students need assistance.

How would you describe the dorm life – rooms, dining options, location, socialization opportunities with other students?

Armin: Dorm life, for me, was very closed in because the people on my floor did not interact much. However, I had a great relationship with my roommate who was from China. Regardless, ASU is so big that you’ll run into people and form friendships constantly. Dining options are great, as there are many places for students to eat on campus.

Which majors/programs are best represented and supported? 

Armin: The ASU business school is one of the top business schools in the country. Engineering is a pretty popular major as well. I studied physics because it was very fascinating to me. The university, I would have to say, gave me the best possible teachers to teach my major-related courses.

How easy or difficult was it for you to meet people and make friends as a freshman? Does Greek life play a significant role in the campus social life?

Armin: It was very easy to meet others and make friends. There are countless groups and organizations available for students to get to know one another. I think Greek life is not as prominent at ASU as it is on other campuses.

How helpful are the Career Center and other student support services? 

Armin: The Career Center helps many students prepare for the post-college transition. Many of my friends attended the recruiting events, but I have not heard of any receiving job offers as a result.

How are the various study areas such as libraries, the student union, and dorm lounges?

Armin: The libraries are great. The main one, Hayden, is very large and partially underground. The student union has good food and great places to study. Dorm lounges are alright places to socialize and study as well.

Describe the surrounding town.  

Armin: ASU has the Marquee Theatre which has popular bands playing quite often. Mill Avenue has many food options and other activities, and it’s also within walking distance of campus.

How big or small is the student body? Were you generally pleased or displeased with the typical class sizes?

Armin: Some classes are huge, while some are small. It really depends on the major and level of the course. I would say the class sizes were appropriate for the subjects taught.

Describe one memorable experience with a professor and/or class. Perhaps one you loved the most or one you regret the most.

Armin: The experiences are plenty. I got to perform a piano song in front of an audience, study country music (something I knew nothing about), learn Chinese, and come up with my own dance routine and perform it. I had a lot of great experiences at ASU.


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