College & Transportation

Hey guys,

So life update: I bought a bike!  
On the topic of bikes, I want to talk to you about what transportation is like in college when you don’t have a car and what to expect. 

First things first, get to know your options:
ASU Tempe Campus is at the epicenter of Arizona public transportation. With the new legislative bills passed, this year begins the process of making Arizona even more sustainable and environmentally friendly through the Valley Metro 2020 initiative. Not only is Valley Metro a huge help in transportation for students, but ASU also supports its students. 

Let’s begin with what ASU has to offer: 

ASU offers intercampus shuttles that will transport you from campus to another free of charge. Many students use these shuttles not only to get to class but also to get to work. All schedules and routes can be found online. 

ASU also has a safety escort option. The safety escort can get you from one end of campus to the other, again, free of charge. The safety escort can be contacted by phone call or through the LiveSafe app. 
Now, Valley Metro being as big as it is, has so much to offer.

* Light rail – exact date required 

* City Busses – exact fair required 

* Orbit Busses – free to the public 

* Green Bikes: public bikes you can rent from anywhere between an hour or six months.

As for ride sharing options, here are three of many: 

Uber is a great source when you don’t have a car or are not stable enough to drive. Uber has an app that makes it easy and safe to find a way home. 

Lyft is just like Uber but it gives you more options when you are able to compare. Sometimes prices are better on one app or the drivers are better on the other. Depending on your preference, you can choose which app works for you. 

Taxis are just the more expensive option in the bunch. Unless they’re lined up waiting for someone to get in at the airport, they might me a little hard to reach in a place like Arizona. You might have best luck contacting them by doing a quick google search for a phone number. 
— Links to Learn More — 
ASU Intercampus Shuttle 

https://cfo.asu.edu/shuttles

ASU Safety Escort 

https://appsto.re/us/JEI9M.i

Valley Metro 2020 Initiative: 
http://www.valleymetro.org/images/uploads/Valley_Metro_Strategic_Plan_2016-2020_WEB.pdf

QUICK TIPS:

Know Your Bus Routes
Go online and look at what your city has to offer. You can find bus routes, holiday schedules, etc. Your city transportation site is going to be your best friend when trying get around. Check if your city has an app! That would be the best option! 

Know Your City 
Wander, look at the streets, go somewhere you’ve never been and try something new and find your way back home. If all else fails and you get completely lost, you can call an Uber to get you back home. I’m sure you’ll be able to get back with the help of your phone. Just don’t go anywhere that may seem risky or dangerous. 

**DISCLAIMER**

Photos is not my own

Q&A: How I Manage School/Work/Social Life

This is the most common question I hear about college life and let me tell you right now that it is not easy to do! 

Having to work while going to school is hard enough. If you don’t need to work, don’t do it. Taking on a short term internship wouldn’t hurt, but working in college is too much to handle. 

I started off with a short term internship and it wasn’t bad. I went to work twice a week, went to classes twice a week, homework two days a week, and a nice day of relaxation. I had it all figured out. That was until I decided to get involved on campus and take on another job. 

Im lucky because my school offers  complete online degrees which allows me to take online classes and gives me more freedom when it comes to my classes and homework. Having that freedom also opens up space for other things like work and involvement. If it want for online classes I would be able to have two jobs as well as be involved on campus. 

Being involved on campus is so great and I absolutely recommend it. It’s a great way to meet new people, but most importantly it’s a great way to find new opportunities. You need to be careful with that though because the possibilities are endless when it comes to things you can do. My first job in college came from a flyer that was handed to me at club meeting. I am currently still working there, but now I’ve added a second job. 

Having consistency and minimal days at my first job, made it easy to get another because I work all the other days. Having online classes is also great because I don’t have to worry about attending any actual class, I just do it before or after work whenever I have time. The same goes for campus involvement. I attend meetings and events whenever my schedule allows for it and most of the time, it does work out. 

Having a Boyfriend In College

If you’re thinking about whether or not you want to have a boyfriend coming into college or start a new relationship in your first year of college then keep reading..  

There are two simple factors that you must take into consideration when trying to make this decision. 

Having a boyfriend in college is definitely not easy, but it might be the right choice for you. It’s hard because you’re new to the experience, you’re new to the lifestyle, so you need to adjust and figure things out for yourself before you can begin to think about someone else. 

1. Do you have the time? 

Another thing that makes this even more complicated is having different schedules. Scheduling is so hard because if you want a boyfriend it’s usually so that you have someone that’s there for you when you need them and someone that’s always going to support you, but that doesn’t always work out. Sometimes you have classes Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 to 5 let’s say, but then he has work from 6 to 11 or so. When things like that happen there’s really no time to see each other or talk to each other and it kind of defeats the purpose of having a boyfriend if you never have someone to talk to and be there for you. 

2. Are you willing to make sacrifices? 

Another thing to take into consideration when thinking about having a boyfriend in college is the sacrifices you’re gonna have to make, that you’re both going to have to make. One of the biggest issues I’ve seen with couples in college is partying. Think for a second, how would you feel if your significant other went to a party without you there, while you were in a relationship. Would that be something you would be super cool with or would that maybe be an issue for you? Because if it’s an issue for you, chances are it’s an issue for them.  As much as you might not want them to go to parties or go out with their friends all the time, that doesn’t mean that you don’t want to do those things too. So it’s going to suck when you realize you can’t do those things because you don’t want them to do them either. 

There is absolutely so much to think about when determining whether or not you want to boyfriend in your first year of college or if you want to start off college already having a boyfriend. It’s tough because you need to think about whether or not you really have time for a boyfriend, if you’re willing to make sacrifices to have a working relationship. 

No matter what the decision is, all that truely matters is that you’re happy. If you choose that you don’t want to have a boyfriend, it’s completely fine, there are so many college girls out there that are single and have fun and live their lives and it’s great. On the other hand there are those couples that you pass by on your way to class and it sucks because you don’t have that kind of relationship.

So if you do choose to have a boyfriend, that’s okay too as long as you’re happy. Many people do you make it work and many people meet in college and stay together for the rest of their lives. It’s also wonderful to have someone you can always count on and have someone to support you throughout your college journey, especially if it’s someone who’s going through the same experience as you. 

Welcome To The Blog

Hello everyone, 

My name is Jennifer and I am a sophomore at Arizona State University, but I am originally from California. I just want to talk a little bit about what my blog is going to be about. I want my blog to be very college lifestyle related just because thats where I’m at at this point in my life.  Some of the key points I want to touch on are: being Chicana in a predominately white university, being an out-of-state student, having two jobs while in college as well as being involved on campus, and what it’s like being an online only student. 

My goal with this blog is to help other students from all different aspects and give that extra support that I wish I would’ve had before coming into college.

Best,

Jennifer  

My Beginning

Hi,

My name is Jennifer and I want to share with you the story of how I got to where I am today. I hope that in doing so I am able to motivate other young girls to never give up and follow their dream.

When I was in high school I joined the business and finance academy. My main reason for joining at the time was because my friend was going to join and I thought it would be cool to have multiple classes together. Going on field trips with the academy didn’t hurt either.

When it was finally time to join the business academy, there were some issues. Apparently I was not able to join because I had honors and AP classes. I was really upset that me and my friends weren’t going to be together, so I went to talk to the advisor. She told me I had get out of my honors and AP classes if I wanted join.  I was hesitant at first, but I eventually did it.

My first day in the academy I was so extremely nervous because I came in late and I only knew my one friend. The class I went into, had assigned seat so I couldn’t even sit with my friend. Little did I know, that was one of the best things for me. Sitting away from the one person I knew, forced me into talking to the people around me and making friends with them. After a while, I became friends with pretty much everyone. I loved the academy and the people in it.

The following year, I decided to run for club president because of how much I enjoyed being in the academy with such great people. Becoming president of the academy is when my entire life shifted. It was the beginning of some great opportunities for me. Not only was I now able to write “president” on my resume but I got such great work experience. I stated planning event and fundraisers. I developed a great relationship with everyone in the academy and gained better speaking and leadership skills.

So many great things came from being in the academy and one of them was having a good relationship with my academy advisor. Not only did she write me letters of recommendation but she started my career. She gave me some advice and the email of an attorney who spoke to her class. With that, I scheduled a meeting to speak with him and hopefully get advice about how to become an attorney since that is what I had always wanted to do.

At the end of my meeting with him, I asked if there were any internship opportunities available. I was lucky enough to get a yes in response. Right after, I emailed my academy advisor and set everything up to start my internship.

My internship was only the first great thing to come from the academy. When my senior year came along, I was appointed CEO of our class business. It was such a great opportunity, I went to many competitions and gained so much experience with creating business plans.

About half way through the year, a women spoke to our class about another academy that was just starting up through the chamber of commerce. She talked about the opportunity to actually start your own business, meet professionals, and go to competitions, so of course I was interested.

After applying to the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy through my chamber of commerce, I had an interview. Following the interview, I received a call notifying me of my acceptance in the program that soon after change my life for the better.

Through the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy, I created my own business. Soon after I became a semifinalist for the YEA! Saunders completion and traveled from California to Arizona for a weekend. Although the events of that weekend were held all over Arizona, the completion itself was at the ASU Skysong center.

At the time I did not know that the Skysong center was not actually ASU, but it didn’t matter to me, I fell in love with the place. Attending the Saunders completion in Arizona, soon became a major factor in me attending Arizona State University.

Not only did my academy help me find my future at ASU, but it gave so many great opportunities to meet important people and speak in front of even more important people. I was asked if I could just say a few words about my academy experience for a linked learning conference, but I definitely said more than a few word. I was so blessed to be a part of such an amazing academy with limitless opportunities that of course I had express my gratitude and appreciation for linked learning. Following my speech, I had many important people wanting to speak to me and I had the privilege to attend a chamber of commerce meeting. I was also mentioned in the chamber of commerce newsletter and a tri county area article about linked learning.

My academy was what sparked my future, so I encourage everyone to find their passion and not let anything get in the way. There are so many great opportunities out there, you just need to find them. For those of you that don’t have a motivation, let me be the one to tell you that you are amazing, you can do anything you set your mind to, follow your dreams and you will get to where you want to be.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story and I hope I was able to make even the slightest difference in your life.

With the kindest regards,

Jennifer

 

*Links to articles I was mentioned in:

http://tricountysentry.com/blog/oxnard-union-high-school-district-displays-its-career-academies/

http://www.oxnardblog.com/entrepreneurs/young-entrepreneurs-academy/

http://www.channelislandshigh.us/2014/12/05/friday-update-12-15-14/

 

Life at Arizona State 

If I’m going to be completely honestly, then I’ll tell you that ASU was not my first choice for college. It was actually my very last choice when I felt that I had no other option but to go to ASU or community college. I grew up with the notion that going to a university right after high school was a must so there was no way I was going to choose community college. Now I see that community college was not a bad option, but I chose ASU. I chose a school I new nothing about and had never even been to. I chose a school that was a complete state away from my family, friends, and boyfriend. 
Contrary to popular belief, attending Arizona State University was the best decision I have ever made. Why you ask? Well because of the opportunities and the community. 

For me, going to college was liberating and I finally had the freedom I always wanted, but it wasn’t about the freedom to drink or go to parties. I was one of the few who didn’t care much for parties or drinking. I was excited to make my own decisions and being responsible for getting my life on the right path to success. 

ASU was full of so many brilliant people in each class. I was in awe of the knowledge these people had and I was able to be friends with these people. 

Living in a residential community was great. I lived on the same hall as the next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Kate Spade, and even the next Michael Phelps. 

Speaking of Michael Phelps, involvement on campus was incredible! There are so many options to choose from. There’s an organization for almost anything and everyone is welcomed to join everything. Once you choose an organization there so many leadership options available. 

Not only was there leadership positions but there hundreds upon hundreds of job opportunities. You could work fast food on campus or work an office job on campus. There were also so many near by job opportunities off campus. ASU could help you get the internship or job of your dreams. ASU had so many resources for students. You have a career coach, a success coach, your counselor, and so much more. 

The entire ASU community is great. Professors are approachable, you have an instant connection with any ASU student/ alumni. Being a student at Arizona State is such a special thing that only ASU students can understand. 

There are so many reasons why I love ASU but I know for sure that Arizona State was the right school for me and I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else. 

*featured image not my own 

How To Have The Most Productive School Year

Planning 

Before the sesmter even starts, you check to see if the syllabus has been posted or if there’s anything you need to get done before classes start. 

Keeping some sort of planner will change your life. Instead of having a picture of your work schedule and trying to remember if you have homework, just write it all down. 

Have a planner that includes your work and school schedule on the monthly view but have a weekly view for upcoming assignments/events/meetings. This will keep you so organized and will lead to much more productivity. 

Going more into planning, if your syllabus includes due dates or test dates, add them to your planner so you know ahead of time. If at any point your teacher mentions a deadline, write in your planner. 

*Quick Tip

If your have the deadlines ahead of time, mark them all a day before in your planner. That way when you are getting ready to do your weekly assignments you’ll think it’s due but you’ll actually have done your work early. You will never miss a deadline, you won’t procrastinate, and you won’t stress out! 

Another way of planning is by having a set schedule for things. You should set some time in the day to study, relax, be athletic, etc. If you know yore going to come home tired from work or school, write down in your planner that you’re going to take 1 hour of relaxation time. After that, you can plan to spend 1 hour and 30 minutes studying. Excercise leads to a healthier and more productive lifestyle as well so don’t forget to add an hour to two and a half hours of excercise to your schedule. At the end of the night you can include in your planner that you will take an hour for your nightly routine and half an hour of entertainment from Netflix to Instagram. You’re schedule can be any variation of things and different times but be sure to have a set time for all your activities to ensure you have the most productive day possible. 

Sleeping 

Sleep is a huge factor in productive that most people negelct. You should be getting eight hours of sleep every night or at least something close to it. If you’re not sleeping well, you will be extremely exhausted, maybe not right away but you will notice it in the long run. If you’re exhausted from not sleeping you won’t have engery to accomplish all of your tasks and all you’ll want to do is sleep. So sleep your appropriate hours that way you can be productive the rest of the day.

 Going back to planning and keeping a schedule, if you plan ahead you should not have to worry about not getting enough sleep. You should also set an exact time you plan on going to sleep and stick to it. Eventually your body will get used to being asleep by that set time so when it gets close to bed time your body will be getting tired and ready for bed. 

If you sleep early, you’ll be able to wake up early and have an early start to your day. That will give you extra time to study, catch up on work, or reward yourself with some relaxation time. 

Eating 

Another super important thing you can’t forget about is eating! You should always make sure to have breakfasts even if it’s something small or if it’s just a morning shake, something is better than nothing. Eating breakfast is a positive way to start  of your day with a lot of energy. 

Have snacks throughout the day. There is nothing worse than being at school or work during lunch hours and not being able to eat for another hour or so. That is why you schools take snacks with you that you can have in class or while you’re working. 

Eating all your meals throughout the day will lead to a more productive day because you won’t go hungry. If you’re working on a project and suddenly realize you’re hungry but there is no time to eat, all you’re going to focus on is the fact that you’re hungry. You won’t be productive because you’ll be too hungry to focus on your work. That is why you should always eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even have snacks sometimes!

Getting Invloved at ASU

The best way to get involved at ASU is through Passport and iWeek! They are on-campus events that showcase clubs, sports, and other societies. In attending these event, you can be certain you’ll find something you’ll love. There are so many ways to get involved with different organizations. At these event you’ll be given information on the organizations with their meeting dates and times. 

However, if you can’t make it to these events, or even if you go but forget to get their information, you can ways check on OrgSync. 

OrgSync is an app that list all the sports, clubs, etc. on campus. The app also includes the times and dates they meet. 

One of the best ways for freshman to get involved is through PAB. PAB hosts many events on campus so you’ll definitely be involved. It’s a great way to meet friends; whether it’s through the organization or through the events you host. PAB is known for having monthly events at the MU. So even if you don’t decide to join PAB, you should still attend the events.  You can have tons of fun at Monday night trivia or go out to Hayden lawn for a mid week outdoor movie. Friday events usually include various stations from free manicures and massages to cookie decorating or even free coffee and a sundae bar. 


Another great way to get involved is through your residential community.  RHA has events for all residents versus your peer Programer who has events for your hall. The events are a really good way to get to know the people who live in your building but joining RHA is a great way to get involved and potentially have a leadership position. RHA ranges from small events where you can pet puppies to much larger events where you can have a snowball fight and make snow globes or ornaments!