Real estate and construction management grad grateful for experienced faculty

Chase MacDonald received the ASU Alumni Association Medallion Scholarship all four years

April 19, 2021

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

Chase MacDonald is a May 2021 ASU graduate who majored in finance from the W. P. Carey School of Business with minors in real estate and construction management. He received the ASU Alumni Association Medallion Scholarship all four years. Chase MacDonald Chase MacDonald Download Full Image

If MacDonald received $40 million to solve one problem in the world, he would utilize his background in real estate to help create affordable and sustainable housing. 

His love for real estate began after he helped his father purchase and renovate a short-sale home that had been abandoned for about five years. The project was an “aha” moment for MacDonald, as it made him realize that he wanted to combine his interests and pursue a finance major with minors in real estate and construction management.

“The project was a lot of work, so my dad and I ended up splitting up some of the duties,” he said. “I was able to focus on creating the budgets and estimates.” 

While attending a technology camp for middle and high school students, he realized that ASU was the university for him. “It was there that I was able to see firsthand what ASU is able to offer people.” 

One of the things MacDonald has loved about ASU, and particularly the finance, real estate and construction management programs, is that he was able to learn from professors who have a great amount of experience outside of academia. “The professors I have had (worked) in jobs other than at the university,” he said. “They have developed an invaluable knowledge base.”

Throughout his time as a Sun Devil, the Litchfield Park, Arizona, native has made it a priority to take advantage of many opportunities. MacDonald is a recipient of numerous scholarships, including the Dick Baxter Real Estate, DAVACO, Kiwanis of Litchfield Park and Cattaneo Family scholarships.  

He is also a member of the Medallion Scholarship Program — one of the ASU Alumni Association’s signature scholarship initiatives. The program, more than a financial award, recognizes and develops leadership, scholarship and service.

MacDonald shared that the Medallion Program greatly impacted his time at ASU. He enjoyed being able to meet new people and grow in his Sun Devil spirit through various social and service events organized by the program.  

One of his first Medallion experiences was attending a banquet before his first year at ASU that brought together incoming freshmen and graduating seniors. “At the time, I was very unsure about my future or my place at ASU,” he said. “Through attending the banquet and hearing from some of the remarkable people in the scholarship program, it reassured me that everything was going to work out.”  

Based on the successes MacDonald has had during his time as a Sun Devil, it is clear that everything did work out for him. Upon graduation, MacDonald will move to Dania Beach, Florida, to work as a real estate analyst for Chewy, Inc. 

Morgan Harrison

Vice President, ASU Alumni Association


Grad from Sun Devil family took advantage of all ASU had to offer

Ciera Babbrah received the ASU Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship for two years

April 19, 2021

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

Ciera Babbrah grew up in a Sun Devil family. With both of her parents being ASU alumni and having a sister who currently attends the university, she knew that ASU could offer her endless opportunities.  Ciera Babbrah Ciera Babbrah. Download Full Image

“From student organizations, to community events, to research labs in every subject, ASU has a multitude of ways to get involved and explore what you are passionate about,” she said

Babbrah, of Paradise Valley, Arizona, graduates this May with a degree in biology and society from The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Life Sciences. She received the ASU Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship for two years and is a Barrett, The Honors College graduate.

For Babbrah, her passion lies in global and public health. While attending the annual Global Brigades trip to Honduras to build public health infrastructure, she had a significant realization. 

“One of the community members said to us that Global Brigades and its student volunteers had done more for the health and wellness of the community in three months than their government had done for them in 35 years,” she said. “At that moment, I realized I wanted to pursue global and public health and help vulnerable communities.”

When asked what problem she would solve with $40 million dollars, she said she would tackle the social determinants of health, including economic stability, access to healthy food, social support, health coverage, education and housing. “I would use the money to improve these conditions for the most vulnerable,” she said.

When she wasn’t spending time at her favorite spot on campus, the second story balcony of Barrett’s Honors Hall, Babbrah could often be found taking advantage of the educational and social opportunities that ASU has to offer. She made it a priority to continue her education beyond the classroom.

“My freshman year, I was given the chance to join a research lab at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change,” she said. “Although it was new to me, I quickly adapted and fell in love with the work I was doing.”

Babbrah was also involved in the Global Impact Collaboratory at ASU, where she worked with her lab coordinator, Roseanne Schuster. “Aside from directing our research and leading meetings, Dr. Schuster provided career advice and worked with us on developing professional skills,” she said. “I am extremely grateful to have been able to work with her during my time at ASU.”

The most important piece of advice Babbrah would share with current students? "Take advantage of the opportunities on campus. Some of my best memories are from studying with my friends at the library and attending Devilpalooza or CultureFest.”

After graduation, Babbrah plans to work in public health research before returning to school to work toward a master's degree in public health. 

Morgan Harrison

Vice President, ASU Alumni Association