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CLASS OF '12: Veteran Reflects on Undergrad Experience

Published: Friday, May 4, 2012

Updated: Monday, May 7, 2012 18:05

Class of '12, Sylia Dominguez

Tiera Allen

Sylia Dominguez

Sylvia Michelle Dominguez 

BA, Supply Chain Management

Age: 28


How’d you end up at ASU?

I am originally from Arizona; west Phoenix. A little bit of hometown pride along with a family of ASU alumni and a top ranked business school drew me back to Arizona State after my time served in the military. 


First impression after day one:

The campus is massive! I actually stopped and asked the “help here” tent people for directions to my first class, even though I Google mapped it the night before. The classes are large and have a variety of students from all over.


Favorite college memory:

My favorite college memory has to be this year’s ASU-UofA football game. I didn’t even make it into the game! It seemed like everyone and their grandma was tailgating and supporting one team or the other. Even though we lost, I had a great time with friends and made plenty of new ones that night.


Most challenging part of the college experience:

The most challenging part of the college experience for me was coming to this new place and adapting. My prior military experience taught me to adapt to any situation very quickly, but I still had difficulty at first striking conversations up with my classmates almost 10 years younger that didn’t have the life experiences or responsibilities that I have. 


What got you through it:

If I could deploy twice with no real notice, getting up in the morning to go to class is no big deal. I naturally found a great group of friends. Also the veterans club and Tillman Center introduced me to students with a similar background as me, students in the same situation as I was, and friendships grew from that also.


Advice you wish you had as a freshman:

Take it one day at a time. Before you know it, your four years are done and you’re walking across that stage. 


Post-grad plans:

After graduation I plan to continue working at my current job. I started as an intern and they took a chance on me, hiring me last summer [and] knowing I still had a year of school left and working with my school schedule. I am also applying for the master’s program at ASU.

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