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15 Memories I Made My Freshman Year At Arizona State

With only a few weeks left of my freshman year of college, I thought this would be the perfect time to share all of my favorite moments from this year, starting from the very beginning until now!

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From the most hectic move-in day to the final moments of preparing for spring semester finals, freshman year has come with ups and downs, but all of these moments are what I will remember the most.

1. Move-In.

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One of the most nerve-racking and exciting days of my life. I moved into the dorms with the best roommate in the world, we decked our room out in our light purple and light gray theme, and matching bedding, yeah, we are those roommates. The memories made in room 1434 will last a lifetime. I could sit here and tell you everything that I will miss about rooming with Alyssa, but I would probably start to cry. But Alyssa if you are reading this, thank you for being the best roommate and friend that I could ask for. This was the best way to start off the year!

2. First college football game.

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Filling the stands with gold, we tried to shove ourselves into the stands of the first football game of the 2018 season. Pictures were a must! I spent the night cheering on ASU with some of my best friends!

3. Sorority Recruitment.

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This was something I knew I had wanted to do since my older sister was in college, but I did not expect how exhausted I would be! The outcome was so worth the early mornings and long days! Wouldn't have been able to do it without my girlies by my side.

4. Bid Day.

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This was one of the most exciting days of the year! Thousands of girls found their home away from home! This was the day where I found out that I would be "sisters" with my actual sister and one of my best friends since kindergarten.

5. ASU Family Weekend.

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My crazy family! Although I am not too far from home, my goofy family still came to visit. They got to go to a football game with us, see the Theta house, and spend the weekend with me and my twin sister, Abby. Miss these people, can't wait to be home for the summer.

6. Anderson Cooper luncheon.

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This was a day that all students at the Walter Cronkite School, "fought" to go to, in order to be chosen as one of the students to attend the award luncheon that was awarding Anderson Cooper with the annual Cronkite award, we had to attend as many extra credit sessions as we could, the students with the most would get to attend. This was such a humbling and rewarding day.

7. BIG - LITTLE Reveal.

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This day was so fun, I found my little family in Theta, I have the most amazing and supportive BIG and the sweetest twin in the world. My G-BIG and my GG-BIG are the cutest and I am so sad that they are graduating this year.

8. Visiting my best friend in the whole world.

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To celebrate our year and a half anniversary, I flew out to visit my boyfriend in Ohio where he goes to school, Sam and I had the best weekend and got to see each other for the first time after a few months of being apart. We went all around Cleveland and took lots of selfies, LOL!

9. Winter Break San Diego trip.

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I couldn't stay away from my roomie longer than a week after classes got out for winter break, so we drove to San Diego for a few days, went to the beach and drove around and looked at Christmas lights!

10. ASU basketball games.

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This particular basketball game was neon out, at almost every game they hand out some sort of "souvenir," whether it be a t-shirt, a bucket hat, a sign, or something along those lines for the student section. This game just happened to be neon tanks and free Wetzel's Pretzels, one thing I learned in college is that you learn to love and take anything that is given out for free. I have way too many shirts now but hey now I have "options."

11. Devilpalooza.

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Arizona State University puts on a huge event each year in the spring semester where they bring in some artist to play a huge concert at the Intramural Fields on the Tempe campus. This year was Galantis, it was a fun event, "rave" style, I guess you could say and it was fun to just be out there with every student at ASU and take a break from studying and classes.

12. Sorority "Crush."

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Every year my sorority has a valentine's formal in a sense called "Crush," where you bring a date, similar to homecoming in a way, this year I brought one of my friends because, my crush and the love of my life, attends a different school that's across the country. However, I still got to show him off on the cute decorated hearts that we made for out dates.

13. Internship Interview Day.

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This was a big day, and one of the most "grown-up" things I experienced this year, I participated in the Walter Cronkite School internship interview day, where they brought in a bunch of broadcast companies in the Phoenix area that were looking for interns in either the summer or the fall. After interviewing with three companies and ranking them in the order that I wanted them, I waited, what felt like the longest two weeks ever, and in the end, I managed to land two internships one for the fall and one for this summer.

14. Theta Dodgeball.

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This was my first year participating in my sororities philanthropy for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), it was a huge event that was super fun and we ended up raising over $23,000 for the organization. It was really cool to see everyone get so pumped up about the event and raise so much money for an amazing cause.

15. Cronkite Cut.

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Cronkite Cut has been one of my greatest joys throughout this spring semester, I decided at the beginning of the semester to audition for this Cronkite entertainment news show for an on-air position as well as interview for the Assistant Producer position that was open. Not expecting to get either position, I was shocked to hear that I was chosen as the Assistant Producer, I had so much fun working with all of the talent that this group has within it, including all of the on-air journalists, the Senior Producers and the Executive Producer. Season Nine was a huge success and I can't wait for next semester and season 10.

Freshman year of college was filled with many firsts that I will cherish for the rest of my life, the friends I have made, the things I have learned and the growing up that has happened in this one year of college is more than I could have ever imagined. Thank you to everyone who made this year one to remember! Bring it on YEAR TWO!

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You would be amazed at what you can get at this store!

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When you're redecorating your bedroom, you might not think to stop by Five Below, considering everything is $5 and under. But you would be amazed at what you can find in that store.

I went not to long ago to get those cube storage boxes, that go into the shelf, and I left with almost $200 worth of stuff. Now mind you, I've been to this store a million and one times and never have spent this much, but while I was there I figured I would get Easter basket things for my niece and then the idea to redecorate dorm rooms popped into my head as I was looking around. Because let’s be real we all could use a more modern dorm....even if you school just bought new furniture. So here’s 12 things you need to buy from Five Below to modernize your dorm.

1. Wall shelves

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Use command strips to hang these up because you can’t drill into the walls at school!!

2. 3 clip photo frame

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Okay so one isn't out of its package yet, but this is what Five Below's website showed for it.

3. A white fuzzy rug

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4. Cordless hexagon cage lamp

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5. Cute storage basket

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6. Light up sign box

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7. Letter board

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8. An initial light

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So this I've had for years but I'm 100% positive it came from Five Below.

9. 3 piece frame set

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10. Salt rock lamp

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Mines pretty big, but they have smaller ones.

11. An ottoman

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3 Reasons I Fell In Love With ASU, And Why Others May Not

I fell in love with Arizona State University the moment I stepped on campus, but it's not for everyone.

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Arizona State University is one of the largest universities in the United State of America. During my college search, I initially didn't think much of it, but I have grown to love it immensely.

However, the reasons I love it may be the reasons others may not be drawn to it.

1. School spirit.

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One of the biggest reasons I fell in love with Arizona State University was the immense amount of school spirit the Sun Devils have. I have always wanted to go to a Division 1 school with a big student section and ASU has just that. The satisfaction of beating the University of Arizona in the territorial cup is something I would love to experience.

Not only is there a ton of school spirit in relation to sports, but there is also a ton of spirit when it comes to tradition. Whitewashing the A on A Mountain, guarding the A, you name it, ASU has an unforgettable experience with your fellow Sun Devils.

Tons of school spirit isn't for everyone, though. A lot of people are drawn away from ASU because of the intense sports and spirit. Many of my friends are also not interested in sports and tailgating; they want a more intimate experience and that is totally understandable. ASU's school spirit isn't for everyone, but it made it the perfect school for me.

2. Diverse academics.

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At Arizona State University, we pride ourselves on being number one in the country for innovation, ahead of Stanford and MIT. This, paired with the numerous degree programs offered, is what drew me to ASU over any other college or university. I loved that a school so large still allows students to thrive in smaller classes with top of line professors. The ability for me to take classes outside of my major on hundreds of different topics is an amazing opportunity that other colleges did not offer.

Sometimes, however, so many degree options can be overwhelming to students. Smaller institutions can provide students with a more focused curriculum which is very appealing to students who know exactly what interests them. In addition, ASU is an extremely large, public university, and a lot of students prefer a much smaller setting. For me, ASU provides me with a large student body but small classes, which isn't for everyone, but it's perfect for me

3. The weather!

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Arizona is hot. That is a given. As a native Philadelphian, I am fairly acquainted with very cold, snowy winters and very humid, rainy summers. Something I have always longed for is to live in a place where I wouldn't have to deal with snow and ice and I found it in Arizona. 300 days of sunshine sounds like the place for me since all I am used to is snow and rain.

Sure, it still rains and snows sometimes in Arizona, but not nearly as much as Philadelphia. Obviously, the climate of the area ASU is in was not the deciding factor in my decision, but I would much rather be warm for most of the year than chest deep in snow!

Heat is definitely not for everyone. Arizona summers can get as hot at 120 degrees which can be unbearable to some. A few of my friends actually love snow and dream of going to places where they can have snow many months out of the year. Snow is great, but I honestly love the warmth Arizona has to offer to its residents.

Arizona State University has my heart, but it isn't like that for everyone. If you are deciding to go to ASU or not and are reading this article, take everything I say with a grain of salt. There are so many other reasons why I chose ASU that I won't get into in this article, but these are just a few of the bigger picture items I took into account. Other students at ASU also may not agree with all of these.

Everyone chooses their college for their own reason, and these are just a few reasons why I chose ASU.

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