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I graduated from ASU with a bachelors of science in exercise and wellness, but have decided to continue on and pursue a masters in biomedical diagnostics. The classes for the EXW degree are very hands on, rather than just reading articles and writing papers, though reading/papers are included. Most classes involve you doing specific exercises, teaching an exercise class, or evaluating your peers regarding their form or physical abilities. A lot of the higher level classes piggy back of information learned in lower division classes so it is important to understand the information at a basic level so you do not get lost with more in depth knowledge. Overall, this is a very interactive and enjoyable degree to pursue and highly recommend considering the college of health solutions for your degree of study!
Arizona State University exceeded my expectations. I received my BS degree in Biological Sciences in 2014. ASU is a large university with over 70,000 students most of which are from out of state or out of country leading to a diverse student body. The faculty and staff is also made up of individuals with impressive backgrounds. Even with the large student body, finding a seat in a class is never an issue - professors are always happy to add students to class, this leads to reduced stress and on time graduation dates. The ease of advising is wonderful as well. There are plenty of resources to ensure you are on the right path and stay on the right path. Sun Devil pride is a real thing. Not only are you receiving a great education but there is also a sense of pride in attending football, basketball, baseball etc. games. I highly recommend ASU to any students considering it - it is a decision you will not regret.
Arizona State University offers a vast majority of opportunities from; research, internships, career advancement, Greek life, student government, sportsmanship, and prepares you for the real world. ASU has one of the best libraries for all nights, endless research papers, or projects within a quite environment. Not to mention, the recreational gym that allows you to release stress while studying for a midterm or exam. ASU offers plenty of hands on experiences within your own major or focus of study by connecting with professionals within the University or the community overall.
The business program is expansive. In additional to the tuition, they charged extra fee (+$400 each semester) and also so-called "athletic" fee. Professors rarely provide students with feedback about student work, and you do not really know where you need improve. All you are entitled is a grade. The overall culture is dominated by liberals. You cannot really express your opinion and values if they are different from "progressivists" agenda.
During my undergraduate degree as an Applied Biological Sciences student at ASU I have had the pleasure of spending the majority of my time throughout my studies at the Polytechnic campus and in the field performing research. Attending the Polytechnic campus has been an incredible experience as I have had the opportunity to network with others who had similar interests to my career goals including both students and professionals in the field. Along with this, I have also been granted the opportunity to perform field work and research alongside esteemed wildlife biologists, who have also been instructors for my required courses through my degree, and have been able practice and learn invaluable skills related to my interests in wildlife biology. Also, due to the small size of this campus, professors and resources have consistently been helpful and accessible, allowing more opportunities for success as a student. However, many issues lie within the university as it has been apparent that the majority of support awarded to students is clearly directed towards those involved in the engineering programs with little or no support for biological sciences. Another issue that I have dealt with on multiple occasions has been with the advising department as my I have been given incorrect or no assistance applied towards my educational career. Additionally, I have been unimpressed with the lack of options for a focus on wildlife biology at this university as most of my course options have been directed more towards veterinary majors. With all that being said however, I am now on track to begin graduate school and am working closely with a professor who has proven to be an invaluable resource in assisting to improve my abilities as a student and professional. I am confident in saying that the knowledge I have gained towards my field of interest and that the opportunities that have been presented to me would not have been achieved elsewhere and because of this I feel great pride in the education I have received at Arizona State University.
Arizona State University's traditional upper-division nursing program is currently undergoing a massive renovation to apply a more concept-based curriculum that incorporates updated technology and educational approaches. I began the upper division program as part of the first division that began this new curriculum. My experience with the program, while it has been overall positive, has had its ups and downs as they overhaul the old system and try new techniques and juggle new ideas. Within my term, there have been some significant inconsistencies as the educators attempt to communicate more efficiently with one another and revise their expectations of each course/test. For example, while the Obstetrics rotation used to include a semester-long course with some education concerning the human lifespan, the Obstetrics portion has been shortened to five weeks so that there is an increased focus on assessing and providing culturally competent care, etc. There have been pros and cons related to this change, which is one of the more drastic changes. Another change includes the extension of the Medical-Surgical portion of the nursing curriculum, which was approximately eight weeks long in the past semesters and is now dispersed over the entire course of the semester. This has been a positive change, as it allows students to incorporate more of the learning and feel less overwhelmed. Despite the difficulties that students in my term have had with differences in instruction and testing, there have been "aha" moments when the concepts that the educators are attempting to correlate between didactic and clinical rotations has matched beautifully. Word of mouth from the educators and students in terms below mine have reported a seamless match between the concepts, expectations, and tests both in didactic and practical rotations with this new program. My reason for awarding the rigor of the curriculum as a four out of five is due to the inconsistencies that I have faced within my term concerning test grading and concepts. While my Medical-Surgical didactic did an excellent job of balancing difficult concepts with simpler concepts, some of the other courses have had a few consecutive weeks of difficult material interspersed with more weeks of relative boredom. I have reviewed these courses for them and have suggested that they use this time a little more wisely. I believe, however, that there are many other students that might disagree with me, as this semester has certainly had its challenges when it comes to content. However, I can see the light at the end of this tunnel. I believe that after our term, with the experience the educators gain from their first "go-around" with the new curriculum, the courses will reflect a very good balance between challenging and building upon past concepts. I also awarded a four out of five for the instruction in the upper-division program. While I have had wonderful educators that I highly esteem as individuals both within ASU and as health care professionals, it has not been a consistent experience to the point that I would award it five out of five stars. All of the instructors have been exceptionally kind, and professional. However, there has been several instructors who are not adept at lecturing in front of a class and the time in lecture ends up feeling a little wasted, since the information presented is read off of the powerpoint. With that being said, it in no way diminishes the many other educators who engage the students and offer various case studies and probing questions to reflect on the material for the day and how to put it into practice. Overall, I have enjoyed my semesters in the upper-division nursing program at ASU despite the upheavals of a new curriculum and some less-than-ideal educators. The nursing program is very open to feedback and the sense of community within the program is very cohesive. I have enjoyed all of my hands-on rotations at the hospitals that ASU contracts with, and this year has been a very good challenge for someone who is looking to learn in such a competitive and expanding career. After I earn my BSN, I plan on attending graduate school to earn either my Master's in Nursing or Speech and Hearing Science, so that I may be better equipped to specialize on the special needs community and how nursing can accommodate these individuals.
I received my degree online. While it was challenging at times, I was able to balance my work and life very well using this method. I was very pleased that I was able to utilize ASU's large online curriculum to receive the degree I wanted. I recommend anyone who would like to higher their education to do so. With the easy accessibility of online courses, there is nothing in your way.
Arizona State University provided me with a quality education through experienced and knowledgeable professors. The year long internship with a veteran teacher helped me to become acquainted with the process both teachers and students go through during the school year. I was exposed to multiple situations with both students behavior and student academics which allowed me to change my teaching practices to those best suited to the students sitting in my classroom. I had already obtained a position at a school before my graduation date and I thank Arizona State for the experiences and knowledge I gained to help me become the best possible educator for my students.
Arizona State University is a school full of bright minds and creative individuals. ASU follows a mantra of being known "not for whom we exclude, but for whom we include." Because of this, ASU offers it's services to a great deal of students, whether or not they are financially stable, have connections with the university, or any other petty reason other universities exclude students. With such a high acceptance rate, ASU opens the door of opportunity to many great minds who otherwise may not have had an opportunity to further their education or career. I do not come from a wealthy family, so I must pay for my education myself. ASU has provided me with unending service and aid in helping me pay for college, whether through student loans or scholarships. The financial aid office is extremely helpful and provides a huge amount of resources for students like myself. I am currently enrolled in a Biomedicine program through the School of Life Sciences and in conjunction with Barrett Honors College, on a pre-MD program. ASU provides an immense amount of opportunities for research, which is currently helping me towards publishing my first journal article on a study on the physical and chemical nature of the spread and decay of information in social creatures. I am not writing this to toot my own horn, but rather to show that without ASU, I would not currently be on this path. ASU provides many opportunities for students from all walks of life, it is up to you, the student, to take that waiting opportunity.
Over the course of my experience at Arizona State University, I learned a multitude of information based on the theories and practices of teaching. The time that I was able to spend in the classroom, at two sites within a school district, I was able to dive directly into real time experiences that have made me the teacher that I am today. Through the guidance of my mentor teachers, the dedicated class discussions, and the course specific classes I was able to become one of the most effective teachers in my school district. Going to Arizona State's Mary Lou Fulton Teacher's College is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.