Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T16:56:10Z
Harbor Branch Marine Institute – Apply apply apply! Apply to as many things as you can find, and you are bound to get something. I just recently finished an internship at an ocean institute doing drug discovery research, which actually has nothing to do with my major biomedical engineering. I learned a lot of new skills and it helped to broaden my horizon when it came to possible jobs. This was an REU (research experience for undergraduates) so my internship was all research based. Pay all depends where and what the internship is, for example an internship at an actual company is going to pay significantly more than an internship through a university. The time commitment for me was your typical 8-5 M-F job, plus outside research and time for writing a final report. Starting with an REU is a good way to gain more experience and boost your resume, because getting internships with a company is much more competitive and difficult. I had already had previous research experience at my university, however many of the students there had little or none, so don't let this discourage you! The REU programs often take those with no experience because the entire point is to help students gain experience. I learned a lot about living on my own for the first time, and I was away from my family in a different state for the time, so you learn a lot about yourself, as well as technical skills you can take to a future career. Students who are sophomores or juniors should definitely try to apply for a research-based internship through a university if they have little experience. Another plus, you are with a group of other students and it is good to share experiences and hear what everyone else is doing in their life.
College Senior 2012-08-15T16:45:20Z
It gets incredibly hot at ASU! So it gets very uncomfortable getting from class to class. From about November to about March the weather is good though.
College Senior 2012-08-15T16:36:15Z
It's pretty expensive to get a parking space at one of the garages on campus. But the only other option to park your car would be at a meter, and usually those are all taken up. The best advice I have, is to either get there early enough so you can get a meter or to use the lightrail or bus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T16:23:25Z
Awesome Major, School Still Growing – Biomedical Engineering is the major for me, it fits me perfectly, and if I went back to change schools or was in the same situation, I would have picked the same thing. However! The BME school is recently going through some hard times with losing faculty, and having the entire curriculum changed around and then the directer leaving the school in broken ruins. This occurred after I had already been here for two years. Most of the instructors are very nice and personable, but do not necessarily know how to teach what they are teaching. This is not the case with all classes, but the school is currently attempting to fix the problems that the old director created and hopefully is back on track within the next year or two. Engineering is not the easiest major, but with hard word and teamwork, classes are more about getting through them rather than understanding every aspect in detail. Working as a class on homework, studying, etc, helps more than anything, because one person might know something that you did not and this helps to learn the material better and understand it. Currently job opportunities in BME are not too great, unless you are pre-med or want to do research for a career. Many industry companies would prefer a mechanical engineer over biomedical these days, so keep this in mind. As for research opportunities on campus, you can do ANYTHING you want! ASU is a highly research based school, and finding a lab to shadow or work in is relatively easy. You can either talk to your professors about their research and see if you can volunteer (possibly later on getting paid), look up the research openings on the ASU engineering website and email the professor of interest, or come across something cool you see from an article, etc, and again, email and ask the lab director about openings. Many professors are very willing to let you observe and hire if they have an available spot in their lab, you just have to ask :). Getting to know professors is also very helpful when you need letters of recommendation, are trying to get a job, or just need help in general.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T16:11:27Z
Easy Peasy – ASU is one of the easier schools to get into, accepting over 90% of applicants. The engineering school is slightly more difficult, requiring higher test scores and a higher high school GPA, but overall, still pretty easy. Definitely the most important criteria to focus on would be SAT/ACT test scores, as ASU focuses on this more and not GPA for scholarship money (which I found out after I got in :p). So study for these!!
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T16:06:17Z
Very Useful – There are several study centers available on campus that have easy and free computer access for students. Between my classes I can go there and work on my homework or check email. Very convenient
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T15:57:33Z
Parking in school is extremely expensive. Students already pay high tuition and books and have no resources to pay for expensive parking permits. Also, it feels like the police is always searching to give tickets or tow cars as well as businesses near by.
College Junior 2012-08-15T15:28:56Z
Pretty Easy – I spoke with an admissions counselor who was very helpful. I didn't face any challenges and I was able to register with the courses I needed in a timely manner. Plus, the MYASU website was helpful in helping me figure out what courses I needed to take and what books I needed.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-13T04:47:08Z
ASU is big on making strides to save the environment but with temperatures exceeding 100 more than half the year many do not like to walk or ride their bikes, although there is often no option. The weather makes it a lot harder to play sports and enjoy outdoor exercise. The polytechnic campus does have a pool open to students, but during science labs where long pants, sleeves and often a lab coat are required, class is a miserable experience.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-13T04:42:37Z
The parking lots and metered parking fills up fast, but parking can be found close to just about anything on campus. Parking fees are $25.00 if you don't have a pass which is around a couple hundred.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-13T04:37:23Z
Highly Diverse Campuses – There are a variety of people on all four campuses and many different clubs and groups with varying beliefs and backgrounds.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-12T09:59:17Z
Our university is completely diverse. We have had many organizations on campus that are highly visible and accessible for students who are interested in them.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-12T09:48:14Z
The off-campus housing is adequate, however, I have found that most people find it more beneficial holistically to live on-campus. I would have to agree.
College Junior 2012-08-12T06:31:58Z
ASU's Tempe Campus is easier to walk than pay for parking that's not even close to your class. There are many frequent free shuttles that circle the campus plus take you into neighborhoods and nearby shopping centers. I personally only needed a vehicle to go from my home to the grocery store during my undergrad, otherwise I used a free shuttle, biked, or walked to school. If you have classes at other ASU campuses (Downtown, Polytechnic, etc.), there is usually a charter bus that travels between the different campuses, and I believe that is also free, but haven't used it myself.
College Junior 2012-08-11T19:19:31Z
The rules are just like any school very strict but also some rules are overlooked in most cases as long as people are not acting out of order the campus police move on.
College Junior 2012-08-11T19:17:16Z
The Tram/ the Walk – The cost to park is sort of rediculous considering at the community college I attended it was free. The walk from parking to the classes is sort of far but considering how hot it is outside its a bummer to talk to walk in the heat. There is also a tram available now but even then the walk from there to the classes is sort of far and again I have to walk in the heat 113 degree weather is not very fun to walk in for 30 min you sweat and get all nasty before you get to class.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-10T14:26:38Z
There is a major for everything you are looking for.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-10T14:21:04Z
Awesome Teachers – I fell in love with the teachers at Arizona State University they really thrive on setting challenges and empowering the students to better themselves beyond their limits.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-08T21:54:04Z
Working Professional – I am a returning student. So, I don't spent much time at the campus aside from classes. That being said I know that students will come to class after smoking weed.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-06T21:09:24Z
Gammage Auditorium – ASU is blessed to have Gammage on its own grounds! Since we get Broadway plays right on-campus, there's a thriving arts community that comes along with it (and night-of student discount tickets). I always loved going to student productions as well, from theater to dance to ASU students' art exhibitions at our very own art museum.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-06T21:04:00Z
Dine in Any Country... Without Ever Leaving Tempe. There's a taste of nearly everything around campus, and most places very close (i.e. Mill Ave, places off University, etc.) offer some form of student discount or student appreciation. Near ASU you will find Ethiopian food, Indian food, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean, Classic American, Italian... everything! I'm vegetarian (used to be vegan) and like to eat raw when possible and that's not too hard to do in Tempe! Of course there are a million chain restaurants, but I prefer those little family-owned hole-in-the-wall dives that have the best dang Vegetable Korma ever on a student-friendly budget.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-06T20:59:41Z
The ASU education program is spectacular at preparing you as a teacher. Instead of being thrown into student teaching after a load of methodology classes, you complete these courses hand-in-hand with classroom internships so you are implementing what you're learning at the same time. The workload was manageable and the classes were very relevant to current trends, such as brain-based learning, English immersion, etc. The program does adapt as state certification requirements change, which is nice!
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-06T20:53:08Z
The transportation opportunities are endless at ASU! My favorite during my undergrad was the Orbit shuttle--it's free and there's one circulating every 10-15 minutes during peak class times. They're air-conditioned and circulate the neighborhoods surrounding ASU. The routes go pretty far for a free service, even into Scottsdale! There is a free campus-to-campus shuttle that goes between Main, Polytech, and Downtown. It's more like a coach touring bus: comfortable seats, air-conditioning, and free wi-fi with your ASU login! If you're an ASU student you can also purchase discount Valley Metro and lightrail passes (your U-pass, available to purchase online through your ASU account), both of which are pretty convenient and ever-expanding. Personally, I'm not much of a Valley Metro fan, I'd rather drive long distances (it's quicker), but the lightrail is nice because it's free parking at the stops and goes right to Sun Devil Stadium (stop trying to battle parking on-campus for football games!), the Diamondbacks' ballpark and the Suns' arena (sorry, I can never keep up with the names!). Plus, if you have tickets for an event at the arena, the lightrail is FREE. If you live near ASU, don't spend exhorbitant amounts on a parking pass and just use the free travel options!
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-06T20:43:04Z
Teaching Program Internships – Before student teaching at ASU, you have to complete three single-semester [unpaid] internship placements at varying schools. You spend on average 1 full day a week in the classroom throughout the semester (although, if you're like me you'll want to go more often!). How your internship goes is all up to you! I always got involved, planned mini-lessons to teach in order to supplement the teacher's own plans so he/she could give me feedback and pointers. This was the best part of the education program at ASU--very helpful for gaining experience!
College Senior 2012-08-06T04:01:11Z
What Ever Your Into – You'll find what you seek out. drugs and alcohol are all over campus if you are looking for it. I am looking for good kids and good influences so I don't know were to find it, but i could if i wanted to
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