How to Nail the Interview! 

Before the interview:

Research the company 

Have common knowledge on the company 

Put together the appropriate attire
At the interview: 

Give a proper introduction (remember everyone’s name) 

Comment on the company (express knowledge)

Have a copy of:

  • Resume 
  • References
  • 60-90 day plan (if applicable)
  • List of 5+ questions to ask after 

After the interview: 

Write and mail thank you letter 

Send follow up email & ask to keep in touch 

Connect on LinkedIn!

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  

Upcoming Event: ASU Passport


Upcoming event before the school year begins at Arizona State is Passport ASU.   

WHY ATTEND PASSPORT ASU? WHAT IS IT? 

Passport is a really awesome way to get involved on campus and get to know your fellow Sun Devils! 

This event is a few hours long and mostly held at Sun Devil Fitness Center (Tempe Campus) . Although it is mostly at the SDFC, there are a few other locations you should check out! 

The MU, the deans patio, and even right outside the gym will be full of students, booth, and free stuff! 

The purpose of Passport is for students to get to know their options for involvment and potentially leave the event as a new member of an organization! There are many organizations and sports from sororities, to water sking club, to rugby.

ASU has a large variety of student involvemnt opportunities and it’s so fun to check out the clubs, sports, frats, and all the booths; even if you’re not planning on joining any of them. 

Whether you’re with friends or going solo, you can’t miss the opportunity to get free food, water bottles, coupon books, and so much more!

Don’t forget to visit me at the Undergraduate Law Association booth and see what cool free things you can get!! 

P.S. 

If you’re really looking for good free stuff, visit the Fry’s Food Store Booth! 

Goodluck finding it, because when you do, you get a bag full of college necessities. Last year, my bag had things from pens, to laundry pods, to even deoderant! 

Have fun looking for the Frys Food Store Booth!! Don’t forget to have fun while you’re going crazy at Passport and have an amazing school year!