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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

How to break up with your parents

Your parents have been a huge part of your life, like, since you were born. But when you get to ASU, that’s probably going to change. They’ll still BE there for you, but they won’t be THERE for you. It’s complicated. In this episode, Molly and Ben share what it was like for them to not constantly have their parents in their lives anymore, and they share tips on how to navigate your new relationship with your folks.

ASU Welcome: the week you truly become a Sun Devil

ASU Welcome, a huge collection of welcome events, takes place the week before school begins. You’ll meet new friends, get to know your college and learn more about being a Sun Devil. In this episode, Molly and Ben dive deep into ASU Welcome and tell you about some of the can’t-miss welcome week events.

How to deal with the first-day jitters

Let’s face it, you’re probably going to be a little nervous your first day at ASU. But you know what? So will everybody else. In this episode, Emily and Ben discuss the first-day jitters, offer tips on how to handle them and talk about what their first day at ASU was like.


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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.