When Eric Arellano came to Tempe from Tucson, the ASU freshman's goal was to work with people and help them attain success — whether it was in the small villages of Ecuador or communities in the Valley.
Although he has changed majors, his goal of helping people has remained. It's why Arellano is a member of the Barrett honors community and the Public Service Academy’s Next Generation Service Corps. That involvement has allowed the Barrett scholar to interact with local business leaders and even ASU's President Michael Crow. But although Arellano is committed to his goals, he also knows there's room to relax and have fun, like getting yogurt with a pack of friends all wearing pajamas.
Eric Arellano escorts Pima Community College's Stella Perez from the parking lot to the Leaders Luncheon, part of the Oct. 31 Opportunity Fair and Forum at the Cronkite building in downtown Phoenix. Arellano is part of the Public Service Academy's Next Generation Service Corps, which prepares students committed to service who want to be catalysts of change in their careers.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Arellano listens to the last words of Stella Perez as the elevator takes her to the Luncheon. She is the Pima Community College's vice chancellor of operations.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Sam Alpert (left) listens to Arellano as they walk to the Leaders Luncheon on Oct. 30 on the downtown Phoenix campus. Alpert is the senior vice president of business development at Junior Achievement of Arizona.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
During a break in studying the following week, Arellano selects some toppings for his late-night snack at the Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt shop on Nov. 4. He and a bunch of friends go there in their pajamas on Wednesdays.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Arellano (center) and six friends from the Barrett residence halls congregate with their late-night snack at the Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt shop. After the half-hour break, they'll head back to the books.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Mia Armstrong and Arellano crack up as they and fellow freshmen from the Barrett community congregate for their late-night snack at the Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt shop across the street from their dorms. Mia is in global studies, and Arellano is majoring in computer science.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Arellano and fellow freshman and Barrett scholar Breanna Carpenter wait for others to arrive at the President's Club reception at the Herberger Theater Center on Nov. 6. Eric and other Next Generation Service Corps members were invited to attend a dinner for financial and intellectual supporters of ASU who promote it as model of the New American University.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Arellano converses with members of the President's Club reception at the Herberger Theater Center on Nov. 6 in downtown Phoenix.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
ASU President Michael Crow is impressed with some of the Next Generation Service Corps members, such as Arellano and Abigail Reed, at the President's Club reception at the Herberger Theater Center on Nov. 6.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
These interactions are the latest in Arellano's life at ASU. He is part of "Year One: Life at ASU," a periodic photo series that follows five freshmen navigating their way through their first year at ASU.
See what Eric was up to earlier in the semester in these past galleries: