early. Don’t worry though; we will still have our regularly scheduled (and penultimate) article this Friday, where we wrap up this year’s segment.
So up until now we’ve covered some of the logistics, some of the support networks, and how to get yourself set up for success while at ASU. With that said, we haven’t actually talked about what to actually do once you’re here. While we can in no way go over all the amazing opportunities available as a Sun Devil, we can surely help point you in the right direction.
One of the greatest benefits to going to ASU is the sheer enormity. Chances are no matter what your interest is, there is somebody else, if not an entire group of people, among the 73,000 other students that share that interest. Given that, there are hundreds of different student organizations and hundreds upon hundreds more opportunities to explore your personal interests.
One of my interests, and a big part of the reason I moved to Arizona was because I loved hiking. So what was one of the first things I did out here? While hiking Camelback for the first time, I came across a group of student aged looking hikers. Noticing my sleeveless grey Sparky t-shirt, one of the group approached me and asked me if I was an ASU student. When I told him that not only had I only been at ASU for a little over a week, but that I had moved out here without knowing a single person, they invited me to join them in their hike.
As it turns out, they were all members of the ASU outdoors club, and as I learned during the course of our hike they were part of an almost 400 person strong organization that had at least one event (they hike, the rock climb, they kayak, they go camping, they have vents for pretty much anything you can do outdoors) every weekend. After discovering this club, I grew curious about some of the other clubs out there, which is how I originally found out about the Veterans Club. A great way to check out some of the clubs is to go to this year’s “Passport to ASU”. At Passport, hundreds of clubs will be tabling and giving presentations and demonstrations of the kinds of activities they do. If you’re unable to go to Passport, you can always browse through the club list via orgsync.
Aside from joining a student organization, going to school in Tempe places you just about physically in the center of not only the Phoenix area, but the entire state. It is really easy to get around town either via the
light rail, a cab, car, bus, or bike. There are a million sites out there with what to do in the Valley, so I’ll defer to their judgment and expertise, but definitely know that there is plenty of do right in your backyard.
If sports are your thing, ASU has a team in just about everything you can imagine. Sporting events are a great way to get involved and show some school pride. Information about student ticket rates or general rates can be found here. Additionally, the club proudly hosts a tailgate before every football game, and many of us wind up meeting up after the game as well for some post game festivities. This year the territorial cup (pitting are beloved Sun Devils against our archrival Arizona Wildcats) will be here in Tempe, and we’re coordinating with the University of Arizona Student Veterans Association to put together an awesome pre-game bbq that you won’t want to miss.
If sports aren’t really your thing, ASU shares a border with the infamous Mill Avenue with plenty of restaurants and bars full of good food, good drinks, and good times. We partner with many of the establishments in the near vicinity who are more than happy to support the Veteran community by offering
discounted pricing to our social events. In addition to Mill, Old Town Scottsdale is mere minutes away and offers an even greater selection of fine dining and invigorating nightlife.
No matter what your flavor, there is definitely more than plenty to do at ASU. While part of the fun of college is exploring and discovering for yourself, know that you’re connected to a great and supportive network of fellow Veterans who are more than happy to show you the ropes.
That about covers it for this week’s “What to do at ASU” segment, tune in this Friday when we conclude our inaugural “What to do at ASU” series by explaining what the heck it is the Veterans Association does, and how you can get involved. So thanks again for reading, and don’t forget to send us your thoughts, and share with a friend! Have a great week, and