CLASS OF '12: LGTBQA Activist Strives for Social Justice and Reaches for Stardom
Published: Friday, May 4, 2012
Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2012 18:05
How’d you end up at ASU?
I ended up at ASU, surprisingly, because I wasn’t able to afford out-of-state tuition at other universities. ASU was the logical choice, in its close proximity and affordable in-state tuition. I chose ASU over the other in-state universities because I felt that ASU was a much better fit for me, and that the University had a lot to offer.
First impression after day one:
My first impression after day one was: “Wow this is the start to an incredible adventure.” The first day at ASU was amazing and intense all at the same time. I got acquainted with the campus and was able to meet some fantastic individuals. I knew that after my first day at ASU, a new chapter in my life had begun.
Favorite college memory:
My favorite college memory was being an intern with LGBTQA Services and being able to work with the amazingly talented LGBTQA Specialist Chris Schlarb. LGBTQA Services really helped me figure out my priorities at ASU. I was able to meet some amazing individuals and was able to focus on social justice issues and, most importantly, make a difference at the ASU campus. I learned that no matter how big or small you are, you can make a difference at your campus.
Most challenging part of the college experience:
The most challenging part of the college experience for myself was not being able to do all that I wanted to do. ASU has so many unique opportunities and courses that I wish I had more time to take them all. Also, another major challenge was being able to develop time-management skills [and] being able to make sure that I could make it to class on time, especially since I lived in Chandler and had to depend on the Metro bus in order to get to class. A little hint: most teachers don’t accept being late because of public transportation as a legitimate excuse.
Advice you wish you had as a freshman:
Take more time when considering rushing for a fraternity. You do not need to be part of a fraternity in order to have a great college experience. Also, to not be afraid to hold people accountable and to not be afraid to go after what you want. College is your time, and you should make it the best experience of your life. Also, not to take freshman year so seriously. Have some fun in moderation.
I plan on taking some personal time and continue to work on social justice. I will continue to devote my time and effort to increase awareness and support for the LGBTQA community. Eventually, I plan on moving to West Hollywood and becoming a famous movie star and singer and really doing what I love. I also plan to eventually get my master’s and doctorate in psychology and become a sex therapist.