Meet the Cronkite School anchors hosting Sun Devil Welcome

August 12, 2020

On Aug. 18, more than 13,000 first-year students will gather virtually for Sun Devil Welcome, a high-energy experience that officially welcomes new students to ASU. The traditional ceremony celebrates the start of a university journey that will teach them invaluable lessons about themselves, their fields and their communities. 

ASU journalism seniors Tina Giuliano and Tyler Manion will host the virtual event, which is just one of hundreds of Welcome Week gatherings that will be presented virtually and as small, in-person experiences across all ASU campuses.  Portrait of ASU student Tyler Manion Sun Devil Welcome co-host Tyler Manion. Download Full Image

The two are used to broadcasting together in unique times; they co-anchored Cronkite News from home together in spring 2020, Giuliano from Scottsdale and Manion from the Philadelphia area. Giuliano, a journalism senior who is focusing on broadcast, remembers how her own experience at Welcome helped set the tone for her time at ASU.

“I remember watching the Sun Devil Welcome as a freshman and it was just so amazing. It was my first taste of the college pride and overall togetherness that students feel in college, and I always dreamed of being on stage doing the same thing,” she said.

Giuliano encourages all first-year students to tune in at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, with their phones handy and geared up to fully engage in the interactive event. 

“This year has been a bit odd. But incoming students can expect that they will feel the ASU pride and togetherness right through their computer screens. The event will be lively, just like their favorite show, and it will have interactive elements as well,” she said.

Senior sports journalism major Manion said that the co-hosts will moderate the event that will include interviews and special guest appearances, featuring ASU President Michael Crow, Undergraduate Student Government leaders, student performers and other special guests ready to impart some Devil-to-Devil insight. 

“Students can expect a big welcome to the Sun Devil family,” Manion said. “They will hear from the biggest voices on campus and see some of their fellow Devils perform. This is the first real time to be surrounded by and show off their ASU pride! There’s going to be a ton of maroon and gold energy, and that’s why this is a must-do event leading into their first year at Arizona State.” 

ASU Cronkite student sitting at news desk

Sun Devil Welcome co-anchor Tina Giuliano

Both co-anchors said they’d never hosted something on this scale before, but they’re excited for the opportunity.  

“I can’t say I’ve hosted an event exactly like this before, but really who can?” Manion said.

Of the in-person, ASU Sync and iCourses options for learning in the fall, the Cronkite students are both opting for online classes but will be doing some in-person reporting for their news assignments. They said they’re looking forward to more great professional experiences in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication as they wrap up their time at ASU. Reflecting back on their time so far, they shared some advice for first-year Sun Devils.

“The first year of college can be a little insane. Make sure that you are keeping an eye on your course calendars and make a schedule; that way nothing gets lost,” Giuliano said. “But the best piece of advice that I have is to push yourself and try new things. If there’s an organization or job that you want, go for it. And along the way, talk with some other students and create some new friendships!” 

Manion said that it’ll be important to go out of your way to make connections in your first year.

“My best advice for first-year students is to value relationships as much as possible,” Manion said. “It is so easy to find a second family here at ASU. Don’t limit yourself to the same kind of people you’ve always been drawn to, but expand your horizons and get to (socially distant) know as many people as you can: underclassmen, upperclassmen, faculty and staff. Especially right now it’s best to have as many people around you that care as possible.”

Overall, these experienced Sun Devils said they are looking forward to being there to help introduce the incoming class to how amazing it is to be a student at Arizona State University. 

“College is an unforgettable experience ... students are in for a brand-new chapter in their lives. And ASU Welcome is the first taste of that new chapter. College is what you make of it. And even if it’s a little scary, being a part of the big college events helps create a memorable few years,” Giuliano said.

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Study abroad at ASU: How it works

August 12, 2020

On the surface, studying abroad is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime way for students to enhance their college experience and engage immersively in an international community. 

But when you dig a little deeper, it can be so much more. Students take on classes that reach new depths in all subjects, from the culture of food in Japan to the innovation of neuroscience in London ASU student on her study abroad to India ASU student Mollie Rubin on her study abroad in India. Photo courtesy of Mollie Rubin. Download Full Image

Sun Devils return home with skills like confidence, global awareness and problem-solving as some of their greatest souvenirs. 

Not to mention the boost on their resume and the springboard that just the right program can be for their future career. No matter what their goals may be, studying abroad helps any student stand out on future applications for graduate, medical or professional school, or jobs and internships.

With more than 250 programs spanning all seven continents in more than 65 different countries, that is easy to do. ASU students have the chance to travel the globe, all while taking classes that count as ASU course credit. 

And the best part? These experiences are open to every student at ASU. 

Student-athletes, ASU Online students, Greek Life members and nontraditional students can all be a part of journeys from Brazil to Botswana.

With study abroad programs that range from one week to a full academic year, any student can tailor their program to fit their goals and commitments they have here in Arizona and beyond. 

Requirements for study abroad will depend on the program, but for the most part, if a student has a cumulative GPA of 2.0, is in good standing with the ASU Student Code of Conduct and is enrolled as a degree-seeking student — the plane is waiting for you!

There are so many different programs available to students— the hardest part might just be choosing one. 

All programs for study abroad at ASU fall under four categories. 

The shorter-term programs are typically led by ASU faculty members. These include summer faculty-directed programs, where ASU faculty lead students on a program either internationally or domestically, and Global Intensive Experience programs, the Study Abroad Office’s shortest programs that generally take place over an academic break. 

The longer-term programs include partnership programs that occur during semesters or over the summer. For these programs, the ASU Study Abroad Office partners with an outside provider that organizes the study abroad experience for ASU students and other students from universities across the country.

A student can also choose to do an exchange program, where the ASU student enrolls in an international university, attends classes and participates in activities just as a local student at that university would. Exchanges are typically a semester or longer in duration, but a few summer programs are available as well.

Once abroad, there are several housing options for students that largely depend on their selected program. Generally these will include either dorm-style on-campus housing, apartment-living or homestays with local families. 

Sun Devils earn ASU credit and grades for courses completed on the program, allowing them to maintain progress toward their degree requirements and ensure they are staying on track for their degree. Students can even search for programs by particular class credits they are aiming to complete while abroad.

Students can choose a program centered on their major or work towards earning minor, certificate or elective credits while abroad. Students can even foster their passions abroad ranging from nutrition to soccer to volunteering. There are no limits when it comes to where you can go and what you can learn. 

All students will be enrolled at ASU for the duration of the program, enabling them to remain eligible for financial aid and scholarships through ASU. After it’s all said and done, the cost of a student’s experience could be less than or equal to being on campus!

Where will you go? Start researching your dream program today