By Stephanie Hyland, Storage.com
College is as full of new adventures as your car is on the day you move in to your dorm. Storage.com can help you tackle your college career with helpful tips or by providing you a safe storage solution for summer breaks.
Being a freshman in college can be an overwhelming experience. Between balancing your class schedule, meeting your professors, and making your dorm room feel more like home, it seems like the to-do list will never end. However, there are a few things about Arizona State University that you don’t want to miss out on. Check out our list of the top 20 things you have to know as a Sun Devil.
1. FOLLOW YOUR PASSIONS.
Whether or not you know what subject you want to pursue during your time at the university, ASU has more than 300 majors for students to choose from! Are you looking to get out of the classroom? No problem! ASU offers approximately 90 different degrees and certificates that can be obtained online. Fun fact: The average GPA of incoming freshman accepted to ASU is 3.42. The average SAT score of incoming freshmen is 1129 and the average ACT score is 24.5.
2. TAKE A TOUR.
There are approximately 175 tour guides at ASU that can show you different areas of the school grounds and can help answer any questions you may have as an incoming freshman. They even know about the plants on campus! Freshman can enroll in ASU 101, a class that is designed to help incoming students learn more about what ASU has to offer. Virtual tours of the different campuses are also available online.
3. SERIOUS ABOUT SPORTS.
ASU takes sports seriously, especially football and basketball. It doesn’t matter if you are at home in the Tempe arena, or away in Tucson at the University of Arizona, the rivalry between the two Arizona schools is indisputable. Wear your Sun Devil colors proud! Fun fact: Maroon and gold have been the university’s colors since 1896.
4. GET DIRTY AT ASU!
Students at ASU get dirty! The Student Alumni Association puts on a number of activities throughout the school year to promote ASU pride and student involvement. One of the most popular events is Oozeball, an annual mud volleyball tournament.
5. TAKE A COFFEE BREAK.
If you are looking for a quiet place to study and enjoy a coffee, head over to Fletcher Library and grab a latte from the Starbucks cafe on the first floor. To get a different perspective of the grounds, head up to the third floor of the library where you can get a birds eye view of the well-kept campus.
6. SUN DEVIL SUPPORT.
Do you need a little extra help in a class? Head over to the Learning Resource Center where you can get some extra help from one of your fellow Sun Devils. Not only will your get help with your class, the tutoring session is free.
7. ASU FOODIE FAVORITES.
Don’t know what to do for dinner? Grab a burger and milkshake at The Devil’s Diner, a 1950s themed diner that is located at Palo Verde Main in the North Neighborhood. Enjoy one of their old fashioned desserts while listening to a classic tune on their jukebox. If milkshakes are not your thing, stop by the Devil’s Bistro or Devil’s Green for a pizza or salad.
8. CALLING ALL MUSIC LOVERS!
ASU loves music! If you are a music lover, turn your radios to 1330 AM, The Blaze. This student-run radio station is supported at all four ASU campuses. The 24/7 radio station will keep you up-to-date on all of today’s music and ASU sports highlights. If radio broadcasting is something you are interested in pursuing, the station accepts volunteer positions for a number of roles that span from news reporting to management.
9. BOWL A GAME BETWEEN CLASSES.
Do you need to kill some time between classes? Head over to the basement of the Memorial Union and bowl a few frames with friends in Sparky’s Den. This 254,000 square foot building is a central gathering spot for many ASU students.
10. STUDENT FRIENDLY WORKPLACE.
Are you looking for a job that works with your class schedule? ASU offers a variety of on-campus employment opportunities. On-campus jobs will be flexible with your class schedule and offer job experience that will be valuable to your resume. One of the best places to check out job listings is at the Memorial Union.
11. CATCH A RIDE.
Don’t have a car? No problem! Public transportation is discounted for enrolled ASU students. Pick up a pass for public transportation on the Valley bus system or rail train at the ASU campus parking office. If you rather skip the public transportation route, there are plenty of students who ride their bikes to class.
12. DID YOU SAY FREE?
The dirty clothes are piling up in your dorm room and you do not have a roll of quarters handy, what are you going to do? At ASU that isn’t a problem! The washers and dryers in your residence hall at ASU can be used free of charge! Even if you have never done laundry before, the The Campus Clothes Hotline can help you figure how to sort your clothes and how to get out a particular stain. Your mom will be proud!
13. BE A PART OF TRADITION.
As part of ASU orientation, each new freshman class meets up to hike up the A-Mountain together, an ASU tradition that dates back to the 1930s. New students then paint the iconic gold “A” with white paint signifying the beginning of another year at the university.
14. STUDENT HOT SPOTS OFF CAMPUS.
If you want to enjoy a meal off campus, you do not have to go very far. There are a number of dining options that are within walking distance of the ASU campus. Two of the most popular places students visit are Dilly’s Deli and The Chuckbox. If you are looking to satisfy a sweet tooth, don’t forget to stop by The Sweet Shoppe and Nut House for one of their gourmet caramel apples.
15. CATCH SOME RAYS AT ASU.
One of the biggest perks about going to ASU is being able to enjoy approximately 330 days of sunshine with an average temperature of 85 degrees most days. By living in Tempe, students won’t have to brave snow and ice when walking to class or their dorm. Those early morning classes or night sessions won’t seem so bad when you can enjoy some of the best sunrises and sunsets in the United States.
16. TOUCHDOWN IN TEMPE!
Tempe is is where the Fiesta Bowl got its start! Even though the annual event is now held in Glendale, this highly anticipated event brings students, residents, and visitors from all over to enjoy the number of festivities and tailgating opportunities that come with it.
17. TAKE A TRIP.
Need a break? Even though Tempe has so much to offer, sometimes it is nice to have a change of scenery. Tempe is only 20 minutes outside of Phoenix and and only a half hour away from Glendale where new dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities await.
18. GO DEVILS!
One of the easiest ways Sun Devils show their school spirit is by giving the “Fork ‘em Devils” hand sign that has become a universal symbol on campus. Start practicing for the next big game!
19. VISIT HISTORIC LANDMARKS.
Old Main, one of the first building on the ASU campus, was built in 1898 to be apart of the Territorial Normal School that later turned into ASU university. This large, historic building is hard to miss! Make sure to take a tour of the building where you can see original photos of what the ASU campus looked like during the early years and learn more about how the university came to be what it is today.
20. YOU WILL NEVER BE BORED.
Between a strong Greek presence, alumni sponsored events, galleries, and approximately 1,100 student organizations, you will never be at a loss for something to do at ASU!
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