In their words: Freshmen blog about student life

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Throughout the semester, a select group of ASU freshmen will be blogging about their first year as Sun Devils. In the same way that graduation serves as a milestone marker for both students and the university, the freshman year experience is one of significant formation as it sets the foundation for academic excellence. Download Full Image

Marina Celaya, biochemistry major

Forming">">Forming friendships from all over the place
Be it her labmates, classmates or dorm mates, Marina says it's easy to make new friends - and she offers some advice on how to form friendships.

The">">The perks of studying and living together
As Marina settles into campus life, she discovers the benefits of living with students, some of who are also in her classes.

Settling">">Settling into campus life
With her belongings unpacked and her dorm room decorated, Marina is spending the few days before classes adjusting to campus life and making new friends.

Priya Challa, aerospace engineering major

Thinking">">Thinking ahead to next semester
Along with attending some of the homecoming events on campus, Priya spent some time last week thinking ahead and selecting her courses for next semester.

Study">">Study groups pave way for building friendships
Halfway through her first semester at ASU and Priya has found that study groups with her classmates, as well as her dorm mates, is not only a huge help but a great way to make new friends.

Never">">Never a dull moment
Priya is learning what it takes to have a successful college experience. So far it includes staying on top of syllabi, joining student sports clubs and trying new cuisines in the dining hall.

Home">">Home sweet dorm
Now that Priya is settled into her dorm room, she reflects on what it's going to be like to live with others in her residence hall.

Mark Krystinak, biological sciences major

Debunking">">Debunking college stereotypes
For Mark, debunking some classic college stereotypes in favor of what a true university experience can be like has been a turning point in his first semester of college.

A">">A colorful Sun Devil spirit
Mark reflects on how certain colors have sentimental meaning when it comes to showing school pride.

Chelsea Medbury, exploratory health and life sciences major

Homecoming:">">Homecoming: A true Sun Devil experience
Chelsea writes about experiencing her first homecoming week as a Sun Devil.

Selecting">">Selecting a study spot
With Greek-life activities and homework keeping her busy, Chelsea has found the key to a great study session: Find a great spot.

Road">">Road trip to San Diego
After a busy first few weeks of school, Chelsea and her friends take a well-deserved long weekend in San Diego.

The">">The fall welcome week experience
Chelsea is not your typical college student, but as an entering freshman in the Barrett Honors College, she is having the typical college experience. In this blog, she writes about what she likes about her residence hall, and what it was like to attend Fall Welcome events.

Lisa Robbins

Editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


ASU alums gear up for second season of intramural sports league

November 5, 2010

The Arizona State University Alumni Association is bringing alums together again by sponsoring its second season of its intramural sports leagues exclusively for Sun Devils and their friends.

The winter season begins with softball and sand volleyball leagues Jan. 12 and 13, respectively. The association teamed up with Just Play Sports Now, a national intramural organization, to develop the program, which saw great success last fall in its inaugural season. This season, teams will meet to play on Wednesday or Thursday nights throughout the winter to battle it out for the championship trophy. Download Full Image

“It’s a great opportunity for alums to get together and enjoy some fun, exercise and camaraderie all at the same time,” explained Jennifer Holsman, executive director of operations at the Alumni Association.

Team registration will be open through Jan. 7. Leagues will be co-ed and open to everyone, although each team must have at least one member of the ASU Alumni Association. Registration fee includes customized jerseys, league schedule, playing arena, referees/umpires, all necessary playing equipment and the championship trophy. Except for the captain, team players do not have to be named at the time of registration.

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