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Location: Mesa, Arizona
Latest Activity: Nov 18, 2013
Started by Pete and Michelle Galvan. Last reply by Pete and Michelle Galvan Sep 5, 2012.
Nice to see some other Hispanic families going social!! My son is Jose Galvan from Tucson. He is at Barrett Honors College, Biomed Engineering. He is attending ASU and BHC courtesy of National…Continue
Thank you so much for all the information - i'm a bit overwhelmed with everything, but joyful at the same time! And it is great hearing about your daughter just finishing her first year - congratulations. Looking forward to a busy year!
Hello, Anne, this forum was started last year with the hope of engaging other hispanic families to share their ASU experiences with one another. Unfortunately, after the fall semester began, participation dwindled. Perhaps with the start of a new year, more families will join in!
Please let your son know that ASU is full of wonderful opportunities for latinos, there are many fraternities, organizations and interest groups that were formed for the latino community. Shortly after the year begins, he will be notified of the ample fairs and events that will take place in early fall, where he can learn more about such organizations and what they offer. Getting involved in campus and community activities will be very enjoyable for him and provide him the opportunity to expand his knowledge, forge new friendships and feel more a part of the ASU family. If he has any hobbies or sports interests, there is a myriad of ways he can also become fully engaged in these interests. I hope by now he has attended the first year orientation, which is key to his success during the freshman year. Counselors at ASU are fantastic, and always available to him for any questions or concerns and to make sure that he succeeds in his proposed field of study.
Our own daughter is finishing up her first year at ASU and eagerly looking forward to her sophmore year. She loves ASU and cannot imagine having gone anywhere else. Because we live only 11 miles from campus, she lives at home, therefore, I don't have any personal experience with the dorm life on campus. However, there are other forums here where parents actively share their own experiences on dorm/campus life. Freshmen students are not required to live on campus, however, they are 'encouraged' to do so during the first year. If your son wishes to live off campus during the first year, you will both have to write to the housing office and present your reasons why he chooses to live off campus ( personally, we found it ridiculous to have to explain to the school why we, as adults, need to give any explanation to anyone as to our adult daughter's living arrangements, but the school so requires it, only for the first year). There are many, many off campus options available, there is a vast number of beautiful, convenient apartments around the university for every budget (my own daughter tells me that she would have never chosen to live on campus, as the dorms are not big enough, there is no privacy, no comfort and one never knows who you are going to end up with) She has visited several dorms and is thankful to be living at home! She has also visited friends in local apt buildings and she says that they are really nice and far better than living in dorms. I would urge you to consider all your options before you commit to a decision of living on campus.
I don't know if your son will have a car while he is at ASU, but I would urge you to consider having one for him. Students have many transportation options around campus (buses, trains, etc) but he will have far more freedom and convenience if he has a car. Parking facilities around campus cost anywhere from the low 200s to almost 800 per year.
I wish you and your son a wonderful academic experience at ASU, no doubt he will thrive in such a terrific university environment. Arizona is also a gorgeous place to live--yes our months of June-Aug are hot, but otherwise the rest of the year it is beautiful here--there is so much to do, our great state is full of discovery opportunities, travel, exploration and endless activities, not to mention we have one of the 7 wonders of the world right north of us, our Grand Canyon.
One more thing, make sure your son joins the Devil to Devil forum in his myasu site. He will meet lots of incoming students there! There are also many Facebook groups for ASU which are full of information and tips.
Best of luck and welcome to Arizona!!
¿nadie comenta en este grupo? soy nueva en arizona. soy puertorriqueña y llevo muchos años viviendo en asia y me gustaría que mi hijo [que comienza ahora en agosto] conociera otros latinos. espero leerlos pronto. saludos.
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