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Ambassador supports prospective transfer students in MyPath2ASU program


Portrait shot of Manuel Aparicio

Manuel Aparicio

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April 11, 2023

Starting his collegiate career at Eastern Arizona College, Manuel Aparicio successfully balanced his studies with student athletics as a member of the school’s football program, in addition to serving as a wildland firefighter.

Inspired by his parents to pursue higher education, Aparicio credits them for their hard work and sacrifices that enabled him to continue with his education. Upon completing his associate degree, Aparicio decided to attend Arizona State University because of the diverse campus community and opportunities within the health care field. He now provides support for others on their transfer journeys as a transfer student ambassador.

“As a first-generation community college graduate coming from a diverse background, I feel that I have the ability to connect with prospective transfer students and to help them feel encouraged, accepted and confident in their decision to become a member of the Sun Devil family.”

Seeking his bachelor's degree in medical studies in the College of Health Solutions, Aparicio plans to attend dental school and become a practicing dentist after completing his program in spring 2024. He shares more about providing support to prospective students in the MyPath2ASU program.

Question: Why did you choose your major?

Answer: I liked the opportunities that it will provide when I join the health care field.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about your ASU experience so far?

A: The chance to connect with other transfer students and developing relationships within and outside of the university community.

Q: Are you involved in any clubs, organizations, research or internships?

A: I’m currently a member of the pre-dental club and work as a transfer student ambassador within Academic Alliances at ASU.

Q: Were you involved in any clubs or organizations at your community college?

A: I was a student athlete as a player on the football team.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to a new transfer student?

A: Don’t be worried about talking to others and making connections.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to share?

A: I enjoy volunteering and continue to work with the Bureau of Land Management in Safford as a wildland firefighter. My current and past work and extracurricular activities have helped me develop as a team leader as well as a team player. I have learned how to be an active listener and to communicate clearly while being considerate and inclusive. I thrive when working with others and really enjoy meeting and befriending new people.

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