Lessons from the Ram Fam

By Aubree Bailey
On November 16, 2017

Aubree Bailey
Managing Writer

Every week I am so privileged to interview alumni from all different decades of the Ram Fam.

I’ve gotten the honor to interview pillars of our community and men and women who are passionate about making a difference in the world with the knowledge and skills they gained at ASU.

While each alumnus has a unique story and viewpoint, there are a few trends I have noticed in each of their features.

Many members of the Ram Fam have commented on their appreciation for the beauty of the campus.

They describe the rolling greens fondly and often say they feel as if they attended college at a park.

I also hear how much they appreciate the university’s commitment to limiting student debt and accommodating students who work while taking classes.

However, the one thing I have heard from almost every single alumni I’ve interviewed is how not only the professors, but the entire faculty and staff at ASU positively impacted them.

Several have mentioned how they’ve had classes they wouldn’t have passed without the one-on-one attention their professors gave them.

Many attribute discovering their passion or career path to the inspiring classes they attended.

I hear them explain how friendly the staff at student accounts and in the department offices have been.

Time and time again, I listen to alumni praise the people who teach classes we as students may not want to attend and put together emails we sometimes don’t bother to read.

I know that personally I sometimes become anxious on how I am performing in a class or if I’m truly meeting the course objectives.

Perhaps our professors worry about these things as well.

Maybe we aren’t the only people who need a pat on the back and reassurance that we aren’t completely failing.

Here’s to the professors, the office coordinators, the librarians, the people who make our food in the caf and those who provide opportunities for us beyond the classroom- here’s to the people who make ASU a true, functioning Ram Fam.

Thank you for all you do; thank you for helping us succeed; thank you for running our family.

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