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Student follows in family's footsteps to become next Sun Devil athlete

August 4, 2023

Rylen Bourguet will play beach volleyball, major in business at ASU

Editor's note: ASU News is highlighting some of its notable incoming students for fall 2023.

The name Bourguet is not unfamiliar at Arizona State University, particularly for Sun Devil Football fans.

Trenton Bourguet is a redshirt senior quarterback for ASU, and younger brother, Coben, is a redshirt sophomore wide receiver.

Now you can add a third Bourguet to the mix.

Incoming freshman Rylen Bourguet will major in business at ASU and play for the beach volleyball team after winning seven state championships in three sports — soccer, volleyball and beach volleyball — at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Arizona.

That Bourguet is an accomplished athlete and student — she has at 4.0 GPA at Salpointe — shouldn't be a surprise. She comes from a family of motivated self-starters. Plus, she's the only girl among six siblings.

"My brothers and my parents kind of set the tone early on," Rylen said. "I had no other choice but to continue that after them. I have my own journey for course, but I hold myself to high expectations just like they do."

Rylen's father, Toby Bourguet, told the Arizona Daily Star that Rylen is "a fireball. She’s a really fierce competitor. In anything they’ve ever done, she’s been right there.”

ASU News talked to Rylen about becoming a Sun Devil and the next four years of her life.

Question: What made you choose ASU?

Answer: There were a multitude of reasons. I would say the big school environment. And having my brothers there was super important. Also, staying close to home but not too close. It’s exactly what I wanted in a school.

Q: What are you most excited to experience your first semester?

A: I would say moving in, getting comfortable in that environment, the new people, new teammates and classmates, and just getting that college feel. And it’s football season in the fall, so I’m super excited to watch my brothers play.

Q: Are you anxious? Excited?

A: I would say excited. I’m not trying to rush this summer away. I’m enjoying it with my family. But I’m definitely excited to get started on the new chapter.

Q: What talents and skills do you bring to the ASU community?

A: I would say leadership. I’ve always been a leader in the classroom, on the field, on the court, whatever it is. I carry a 4.0 GPA. I do all the extracurricular activities like National Honor Society and stuff like that. So I’m very prideful as a student as well as an athlete.

Q: So, who’s the best athlete in the family?

A: It’s hard to say. We all have our special talents and do different things that make us who we are as athletes. I wouldn’t say one of us is better than the other. We’re just so different.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish during your college years?

A: I would definitely say get my career going, whatever that is. Decide what I want to do post-college because sports are only going to take up a small chapter of my life. But, also, have fun while I’m there and not take anything for granted. And have fun with my volleyball career. Take that as far as I can and just work hard and do my best.

Q: What’s one interesting fact about yourself that only your friends know?

A: Let me think. I used to play quarterback in flag football until I was 14. I was pretty good. We went to nationals.

QIf someone gave you $40 million to solve one problem in the world, what would you choose?

A: I would say poverty and homelessness. Those are the most relevant things in my life that I’ve seen. I grew up in Tucson, which is a good place, so I haven’t seen a lot of (life’s hardships) but that is the one thing I’ve seen, just driving around stuff.

Top photo courtesy Rylen Bourguet

Scott Bordow

Reporter , ASU News

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Fashion aficionado ready to expand horizons at ASU FIDM in downtown LA

August 4, 2023

Creative and artistic, Jared Wall looks forward to learning fashion design

Editor's note: ASU News is highlighting some of its notable incoming students for fall 2023.

In April, Arizona State University announced that the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles would be part of the expansion of fashion education at ASU.

The new fashion program, ASU FIDM, which includes the FIDM community and campus, will operate in both Los Angeles and Phoenix. The program combines FIDM’s history and legacy within the fashion industry with ASU’s focus on innovation. 

Jared Wall has been taking general education and art classes at Sierra College, a two-year institution in his hometown of Rocklin, California, north of Sacramento. He had been intending to apply to FIDM when he heard about the ASU expansion.

“I wanted to stick with the school because I really like the campus and the programs,” he said.

Jared Wall will be a student at ASU FIDM in downtown Los Angeles this semester.

“I knew ASU was a credible school and I know some people who go there. But I didn’t even know ASU had a fashion program and I looked it up and didn’t know it’s a huge thing. That was really cool.”

So Wall applied to the new ASU FIDM program in Los Angeles, for fall 2023, majoring in fashion design. In fact, he was the first student to be registered in the new ASU FIDM program.

Through ASU FIDM, Wall will be able to connect with some of the world’s most recognizable brands and companies in the fashion industries.

Wall answered some questions from ASU News.

Question: Have you always been interested in fashion and design?

Answer: Since middle school I’ve dressed, not outlandishly, but I’ve had more of a care for my clothing than a lot of people my age. No one in my family is focused on fashion, but my mom is a very creative person and that’s where I get it from.

In high school, I took photography all four years and I took a drawing class and printing class, and in my two years at Sierra I took acrylic painting and photography, and this last semester I took a fashion course and a course in basic clothing construction.

Originally, I was thinking about doing fashion styling, but I then I figured that styling is more narrow and design involves all aspects of fashion.

Q: Who is your favorite designer?

A: I think my favorite era has been the 1970s and Yves Saint Laurent was prevalent in the ‘70s. My favorite textiles and materials to work with have always been denim and leather, and Saint Laurent does a lot of denim and leather clothing. I’ve been attracted to that chic streetwear, with that sharp and sleek silhouette.

Q: What are you most excited to experience during your first semester?

A: I’m really excited to live somewhere else and I’ll be living right in the middle of the fashion district. I’ll be in a new environment that is more fashion focused than where I live now. You don’t see a lot of appreciation for different fashion in Rocklin and there’s not a lot of diversity. Experiencing that new environment will be good for my education and my creativity.

Q: What talents and skills are you bringing to the ASU community?

A: I have had a creative background since I was young and I have the ability to grow as a creative person because my style and medium has changed over the years. I have an adaptive personality when it comes to what I can produce in my art.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish during your college years?

A: Networking with different companies and brands and people.

When it comes down to it, there is no right or wrong with fashion design. It is a lot of who you know and what you know. A degree is super helpful but it comes down to your portfolio because they want to see what you can do.

Getting an education and creating a strong portfolio and meeting people will be exciting.

Q: What’s one interesting fact about yourself?

A: I have a reselling business that I’ve made a lot of profit on, and it’s helped me to learn a lot about textiles and trend forecasting. I do a lot of reselling on Depop (a peer-to-peer social e-commerce company). That’s been a really cool thing.

Mary Beth Faller

Reporter , ASU News