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I believe the academics are great but the size of the school and student to teacher ratio can be very overwhelming. I like to connect with my teachers and it's almost impossible to do at asu.
I loved ASU! The professors challenge you, but were also very fair. I had a lot of wonderful experiences on campus as well as off. I will tell you that as an online student there is a bit of a gap when it comes to feeling involved in the ASU atmosphere. I did think it was nice that I received free tickets to an ASU basketball game, but that was only once the entire time I was a student. Being an online student was very time demanding. I did not have much of a social life, as most of my time went to taking care of my son, school, and working. However, it was very nice because I could do my school work from home and around my own schedule, and I didn't feel as though I was getting less as an online student. I read the same, learned the same, and produced a lot more work being an online student. If online is not for you, the Phoenix campus is beautiful. I would take the light rail and step right onto campus which helped me save a lot on transportation. The professors are passionate about what they teach, and that is what I look for in an instructor. I cant think of one teacher that I didn't enjoy as far as my degree program. My degree program was amazing. It is such a variety of things, so I was always learning something new. It wasn't just one subject like nutrition, but exercise and wellness, stress management, behavioral science, neuroscience and much more. The one thing I did not like about this degree is I felt like they didn't focus enough on the career side of things. As I am applying for jobs now, I'm noticing that people want you to be certified in personal training, or certified in counseling, and other certifications. So now I'm in a bind trying to get all these certifications when I wished the school could have stepped in and at least offered these certifications so I could do it all as a student. I feel a little unprepared and since this degree was focused on coaching and theory, it's very difficult to find a career without experience. The experience they are looking for is teaching health classes (like a gym class), being CPR, AED and first aid certified, and having experience in creating and implementing actual programs. I wish I had more opportunities to implement the programs I created in my degree program so that I could have measured the outcomes and see if they were successful. So if you want to do this program I highly suggest that you are very clear with what direction you want to go with it and focus on gaining the experience while you are still in school (if that is possible). I think this degree is perfect for starting your own business, and that is what I plan on doing with mine.
I really enjoyed my time at Arizona State University. I was a part of Barrett, The Honors College there at ASU and i really feel like that gave me a head up in jobs. Many employers mentioned the fact that I was a part of the honors college and liked that. The SDFC is amazing complex is amazing! They have all the equipment and gyms you need. However, the staff at the SDFC are extremely unhelpful and not very professional. My Teachers college program I felt did a pretty good job at preparing me for my future career as a teacher. Their scheduling of some of our classes was not the best, but it was doable. There was no behavior management class, which I felt was really needed. However, I did like that we have a whole year of students teaching where as other schools do not offer this. Overall, I enjoyed ASU, but glad to be graduating and moving on.
I attended both on campus and online classes, however I while attending ASU I worked full time to try and pay for school therefore went to class either first thing in the morning or at night so I wasn't able to fully socialize with the other students. I did however attend several football games and recommend every student go to at least one and attend any ASU homecoming or event they were awesome and one way to meet other students.
ASU is often stereotyped as a party school without much academic merit, but it truly is an exceptional institution. The best thing about ASU is that despite its massive size, you have access to so much academic, personal, and professional support, that you feel as if you are attending a much smaller institution.
Being from Arizona, my ultimate choice to attend ASU was at first, something I was ashamed of. With ASU's reputation as a large state 'party' school and nothing more, I was not pleased that my financial situation only allowed me to attend ASU.
However, ASU, and its faculty and staff, have proven me wrong on every misconception I had. ASU, although large, fosters a sense of community and offers so much student support that you get the sense of a smaller, private university. ASU offers an abundance of student organizations to get involved with, numerous resources for career/internship exploration, and is great at helping you narrow down your interests to pick the right major and pursue relevant opportunities.
Additionally, ASU is a leading university in terms of research, and undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in research from the very start of their academic careers. This is not to be taken lightly, as most universities reserve such research opportunities for graduate students only.
I am in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU. ASU is a good school if you are from the state of Arizona. If you are out-of-state, which I am, then it's not the best choice. It has been my experience that ASU does not offer a lot of scholarship options. If you are trying to get residency at ASU, you have to live in the state of Arizona for 2 years plus be financially independent for 2 years, which if you have a parent helping you pay for school, you will not be considered financially independent.
Also, in the Mary-Lou Fulton Teachers College, if you are a special, elementary, or early education major, you are required to student teacher full-time, 40 hours a week for free for a whole year. This is tough for many ASU students as they do not have the luxury to not earn income for a whole year. The professors I have at ASU are wonderful and very helpful, but it has been a tough 3 years financially for me attending ASU, with very little help or guidance from the university.
I feel that Arizona State has some advantages and some disadvantages. In my prerequisites, I felt the classes were big and it was hard to get to know the professors, but the professors generally are all very intelligent and eager to teach.They tend to be open to questions as well.
In my nursing program here at ASU, I feel the classes are specific and very educational. The professors are easy to talk to and the classes are generally enjoyable. I love the clinicals that I have had the opportunity to go to as well.