I Didn't Plan For A Small-Campus College Experience, But Now I'm Here, I'm Making The Most Of It

I Didn't Plan For A Small-Campus College Experience, But Now I'm Here, I'm Making The Most Of It

Keeping an open mind during my time away from home.


Usually, when picking a college there are several key factors that come into play. You probably thought about price, major, location, size, and maybe a few other variables. When I was looking at schools I knew I wanted a big school that offered a good journalism school. I decided to go to Arizona State University. Which happens to have one of the largest undergraduate populations in the country.

I had always seen myself at a big school with thousands of other students. Once I selected my major I found out that I would be on the Downtown Phoenix campus. At first, I was a little disappointed. I was excited to live on the main campus and enjoy all that Tempe, Arizona has to offer. By the time school came I decided to go in with an open mind.

Yes, I never wanted to live on a small campus but college is a time for change and being open to new things.

The Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix campus offers everything a college student needs, and more. The smaller campus allows for smaller classes and more one on one time with professors. When I toured everyone kept telling me that it's a community and I thought they were just trying to make me feel better about being off the main campus but they were right. The small campus means that I get to know more people. There might be fewer people on the Downtown campus but you definitely get to meet more people and make better friendships.

After about a month at Arizona State University, I have made friends at both the Downtown and Tempe campus. However, my friendships are different. The friends I've made on the Tempe campus I mostly only get to see on weekends for a few hours at a time. But the friendships that I have made with people Downtown are very different. They are the ones that I get to stay up late and do homework with or the ones who I get to make late night taco runs with.

So when you are looking at a college keep an open mind. Maybe the college you end up going to isn't exactly what you thought it would be but that's not a bad thing. Try and get the most out of your college experience as possible.

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Getting Straight A's In College Is Not Worth Failing Your Mental Health

A's are nice, but you are more than a letter.


The idea of getting an A on every paper, every exam, every assignment, seems great. It can be known as a reassurance of our hard work and dedication to our 4+ classes we attend every single day.

Losing sleep, skipping meals, forgetting to drink water, skipping out on time with friends and family; these are the things that can occur when your letter of an A is what you are living for.

You are worth more than the grade letter, or the GPA number on your transcript.

Listen, don't get me wrong, getting A's and B's definitely is something to feel accomplished for. It is the approval that you did it, you completed your class, and your hard work paid off.

But honey, get some sleep.

Don't lose yourself, don't forget who you are. Grades are important, but the true measurement of self-worth and accomplishment is that you tried your best.

Trying your best, and working hard for your goals is something that is A-worthy.

Reserve time for yourself, for your sanity, your health, your mental health.

At the end of the day, grades might look nice on a piece of paper, but who you are and how you represent yourself can be even more honorable.


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Martha McSally Could Still End Up In The Senate

Yep, you read that right. Martha McSally, who lost the senate race a month ago, could still end up in the U.S. Senate next to her former opponent, Kyrsten Sinema.


Martha McSally was the Republican nominee for Senate during the 2018 midterms in Arizona. She lost to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema by roughly 55,900 votes. But many are speculating that McSally could still end up representing Arizona in the U.S. Senate. Jon Kyl, who was tapped to replace former Senator John McCain after his death said he will not stay in the Senate after this session ends. McCain's term doesn't end until 2022, but Kyl has remained adamant that he will not serve past this year. This leads to the question of who will replace him next year. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has the power to appoint Kyl's replacement if he decides to leave at the end of this session. Several think McSally will be the name he chooses. McSally would have a tough road ahead. It could be easier for her to win elections because she would be considered the incumbent.

State law requires that the Governor appoint someone of the same political party as the late senator. That would mean a Republican would have to be appointed, causing speculation that McSally would be that person. If appointed, she would have a tough road ahead of her. There would be a special election in 2020 to fill McCain's term, and then another election in 2022 to start a new term. All of this comes just weeks after Sinema defeated her in the Senate election. Most think that McSally is the front-runner for the seat.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is lobbying hard to get her in the Senate. Other possible situations could arise such as Governor Ducey appointing himself to fill the seat. This one seems unlikely, however, considering if he does appoint himself, the next person to take the governorship would be Secretary of State-elect, Katie Hobbs, who is a Democrat. McSally is the strong front-runner for the seat and could end up next to her former opponent. We'll have to see how it plays out in the end, and we will certainly know who will or will not be filling this seat within the next few weeks.

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