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Inside ASU podcast


Real ASU students talk about real ASU life

Whether you’re about to start classes at Arizona State University or still have a couple years of high school left, it’s good to know a few things about your new university before you get started. Inside ASU offers you inside information about living on campus, financial aid, joining clubs and everything else to get you prepared for your ASU experience. Join Molly and Ben, two spirited Sun Devils who share stories, information and tips they’ve picked up along the way, and before you know it, you’ll be ready to confidently start your Sun Devil adventure.

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Featured episodes

Things every freshman should know

Hindsight is 20/20. Just when you get the hang of college life, it will be time for you to graduate. Wouldn’t it be nice to know now, when you’re just starting, all those things you don’t learn in orientation? Hear Emily, who’s about to graduate, and Ben, who has a couple years of college under his belt, talk about the things they wish they knew when they were just starting at ASU.

Tips for succeeding in the classroom

Should you take notes on a laptop or with a pen and paper? Should you buy the textbook? Where’s the best spot in class to sit? Can you skip a class once in a while? In this episode, Molly and Ben share all their best classroom tips so you can do your best in the classroom.

My professor is actually way cool! Why you should go to professor office hours at ASU

Where do you plan to hang out most at ASU? Your dorm room? Starbucks? Your professor’s office? You read that right, your professor’s office. All professors hold weekly office hours, and whether you’re struggling in a class or acing it you should go. In this episode, Molly and Ben explain why, and they tell you about a cool video you should FOH sure check out.


Meet the Inside ASU hosts

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Molly

Molly

Senior | Theatre major and communication major

Why did you choose to attend ASU?

Although it was my “safety school” when I began looking at colleges, ASU was actually the only institution that could give me everything I wanted: incredible leadership opportunities, theatre and communication degrees I could feasibly pursue together, unbeatable financial aid, and a mindset focused on growth, inclusion and community.

What has been your favorite experience or memory at ASU so far?

My favorite memory has got to be the MainStage production I worked on my freshman year, Men on Boats. It was a new work taken straight from Chicago and New York, and we got to work with the playwright as we brought it to life at ASU! It was so empowering to not only work with an incredible director, Tracy Liz Miller, but an ensemble of nine other women to bring the story to life. I can still remember what it felt like to walk out on stage opening night, and just feel unstoppable, terrified and so immensely proud. I think it represents the clearest moment where I realized, “Wow, I’ve really come a long way from my high school self.”

What has been the most challenging thing about ASU?

The most challenging thing about college so far for me has been discovering my identity as someone living with mental illness. There have been moments where I’ve really wondered, “Am I going to be able to do this? College? Adulthood? As someone balancing these things?” And while the answer will always be “yes,” it’s been something I’ve had to make serious lifestyle changes to navigate in a healthy way. It’s changed how I approach leadership, communication, art and my own physical health.

What do you want to do when you graduate?

I don’t know what this says about my childhood, but I’ve always wanted to get a PhD, so graduate school is definitely somewhere in the near future. I also want to get out there in the world and make art that focuses on community involvement. I want to use theatre as a nontraditional platform to talk about mental health, gender equality and other big picture issues. Not “sit here and watch me tell you what to think” theatre, but theatre that looks and feels like a discussion between people on stage and in the audience.

Ben

Ben

Senior | Film major, business minor

Why did you choose to attend ASU?

I chose to attend ASU due to the constant activity around the Tempe area and the recent growth of ASU's film school.

What has been your favorite experience or memory at ASU so far?

It was either my first time realizing there was ice cream in the Barrett dining hall or rushing the field when ASU beat USC in football.

What has been the most challenging thing about ASU?

The most challenging thing about ASU for me has been learning how to not have my parents wash my clothes and still manage to find a way to get them clean somehow.

What do you want to do when you graduate?

I want to work my way into the film industry as a writer and director.