So probably one of your first questions is where am I going to live? Luckily, ASU has many options both on campus, and off campus that can fit just about any budget. I spent my first year at ASU at the dorms, and it was definitely a positive experience that helped me get acclimated to life as a college student. To learn more about on campus housing options, open up your myasu, and click on the housing tab on the left hand side. Additionally, you can go to the ASU housing website and follow the steps there. While dorms are a great option for some, they aren’t the right fit for everyone, and frankly they can get a little expensive. While there isn’t a one-stop resource / listing for realty around campus, there are a ton of cheap (under $1000 / mo), clean, and great places to live in Tempe and some of the surrounding communities. We’ve had a ton of conversations about housing options and will even post occasional rent inquiries over on our facebook group, so definitely check that out and ask around.
Once you have a place to live, you’re probably wondering how to get to campus and how to get around town. Tempe has a free public transit system called the Orbit, which has a variety of lines running across the valley. Additionally, there are 3 light-rail stops (Mill Ave & 3rdSt, Veterans Way & College Ave –aka the stadium stop –, and University Dr& Rural road – right on the North East Corner of campus) near campus if you live near a light-rail stop. Finally, there is plenty of parking availability, with permits starting around $210 for the year. Check out the campus map(it might be a good idea to bookmark / download this as the website isn’t particularly straightforward) and see which option is the best fit.
Once you’ve figured out where you’re going to live, and how you’re going to get around, it’s a good
idea to start acclimating yourself with what life at ASU is going to be like. A great way to do that is by attending an orientation. Veterans have a special Veteran specific orientation, which help connect you with some of the special resources and benefits we have here on campus. The orientation dates are
FALL 2013 VETERANS WELCOME EVENTS
Tuesday, Aug. 20,
9 a.m. - noon
Post Office, Conference Rm.
Wednesday, Aug. 21,
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Admin Bldg, Conference
Tuesday, Aug. 20,
5 - 8 p.m.
Memorial Union, Alumni Lounge
Monday, Aug. 19,
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
You can contact our military advocate for additional details, and you can rsvp by clicking here.
If you can make it to campus before then it’d be a great idea to check out the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, and get a head start on some of the paperwork required to get your GI bill rolling. The process is surprisingly simple, and they are staffed by student Veterans who are all friendly, and dedicated to getting you the support you need. I can’t even begin to list all the ways the Center works to help Vets so allow me to introduce our guest poster, Joanna Sweatt, our Military Advocate, who has written a few words about
what the Center offers.
“My responsibilities as the Military Advocate are much like the responsibilities I have as a mother in that there is not a single task that I am responsible for but rather responsible for anything that comes down the
pipeline. With all the new enrollments and inquiries to help with enrollment; I predict that our 2300 veteran/military-related population will push against 3000 between fall and spring 2013-14 semesters. It is an exciting time and only proof that that we need to further reinforce our network.
This fall is going to be exciting as we open mini Pat Tillman Veteran Centers on the other three campuses that will be staffed full-time with representatives from our main campus facility. We have a new certifying official that will take over at West Campus and a new certifying official that will rove
between Poly and Downtown PHX during the work week. I will continue my Friday’s out at the Polytechnic campus as that is our fastest growing population currently and then I will schedule two days a month at the Downtown and West campus. We are also reviewing applicants currently for a new Military Advocate
that will focus specifically on our dependent population. The overall goal for the center is to have a strong presence on all four campuses and create a bridge that connects us all without any detours. We are fully committed to be the premier Veteran-Military friendly school.
With the added centers and direct connections, certifying activities should be more seamless as we move to automate certification forms at ASU. There are countless initiatives that we are working on to ensure that the accountability of our students is accurate and the benefits that are students are using is processed more timely.”
Fall semester is the semester with the most activity around Arizona State University. It is homecoming, football season, military ball season, and the holiday season. There are many things to get involved in to
enrich your college experience whether it is just making connections to the staff here at the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, applying for a VA-work study job positions, or getting involved with the Veterans’ Week festivities in November.
Please feel free to engage with us at the Pat Tillman Veterans Center any time. ” – Joanna Sweatt, Military Advocate, ASU.
In closing, thank you for your time, and I hope you’ll find this information helpful. In addition to everything I talked about today, it’d be a great idea to check out this website, which has a rudimentary checklist of steps to take before the fall semester begins. While it isn’t Veteran specific, there’s a great deal of knowledge there, and it’s a great collection point for information.
Please comment bellow, and join us next week when we’re going to be talking about counseling services, the VA, and ASU’s health services. If you guys are on Twitter be sure to give a follow to Have a great week, and GO DEVILS!