Why we chose ASU: Staff Edition

On April 4, 2014

April has been designated as "I Chose Angelo State" month and it gives students the chance to recount on why they chose to come to Angelo State. ASU first became a four-year institution in 1965 and since then 40,221 students have graduated.

In an email sent to students, faculty and staff, President Brian J. May, PhD., announced that there are 6,536 students who chose to attend ASU this year. If we take a step back we can understand that there are 6,536 reasons for why all of chose Angelo State.

Angelo State is not as big as Texas A&M or University of Texas but it is a university that students should be proud to call their home. There are many opportunities that Angelo State offers and it can help students with their future.

As a staff, we came together and talked about why we each chose Angelo State.

Aly Duran: I chose Angelo State originally because of the softball.  I was trying to get onto a college team and came out here to try out during the summer of 2011.
I ended up not being good enough to make the cut, but instead I fell for the school.  I loved the size, that it had several good sports teams. I especially liked the football team and band.

I was homeschooled and didn't get that experience and I'm not going to lie, I loved the colors.  It was a good distance from home too, four hours, not too close but not too far.  They also offered a great kinesiology program and gym, which I really liked.  I have enjoyed the small town since I'm from Fort Worth. It was nice to get away from the construction, the craziness.

Dana Choi: I chose ASU because I graduated from high school ten minutes away and it's one of the more affordable universities. My parents wanted me to join ASU's ROTC and nursing programs, both of which are very reputable. I ended up not doing either of those, but I'm not looking at any student loan debt now, which is great.

Because ASU is a small school, we get a lot of opportunities that students in larger universities rarely get. We get to spend more time with faculty and get to know our professors much better. With a lot less people, students can be more than just a face in the crowd and stand out.

On top of being really affordable, ASU offers students many scholarship opportunities. ASU's Carr Scholarship Program is pretty amazing, and it's helped a lot of students afford higher education.

San Angelo's not a big, bustling city, but it's not a sleepy little town, either. There are things to do around town, but it's just quiet enough to make this a good place to study. San Angelo's a little too big to be a small town, but the San Angelo people have the hospitality and warmness that Texans are known for. The cost of living is great for college students with college student money as well.

Marsalis Mahome: During my senior year I had already been exempted by six schools, not including Angelo State. So for my decision, I broke it down to which university would benefit me. I didn't want to stay in San Antonio, granted I love it there. I just wanted a change of scenery and more importantly, to meet different people.

I wanted to get a fresh start in a town I was unfamiliar with. Finally I got my choices down to Texas State in San Marcos and San Angelo. I made a visit with the summer band camp to San Marcos to check out Texas State, and I liked it. I still like the university to this day. At the end of the day I wanted to go to a smaller school with less distractions. There are way too many hills on the Texas State campus so you're like constantly walking uphill. So far I'm happy with my decision.

Allison Price: I chose Angelo State because of the journalism program. When I was a senior in high school, my adviser for the newspaper was a recent graduate from Angelo State so I got to hear all about the school and she majored in Mass Media which is exactly what I wanted to do.

After looking at the different aspects the school had to offer, I realized how affordable ASU was. That was perfect for me because I didn't want to worry about student loans and debt.

I was afraid that San Angelo and ASU would be too small because I am from Dallas and will forever be a city girl. After living here two years, I absolutely love it. I wouldn't want to go to any other school because I thoroughly enjoy my time at ASU and I continue to make life-long memories.

Adam Sauceda: I fell in love with San Angelo first. I really like being outdoors and the fact that San Angelo had surrounding lakes and a state park were big deals for me. San Angelo is bigger than my hometown where "everyone knows everyone," but it is still smaller than living in a place like Houston or Dallas.

I also liked ASU's distance from my hometown. It's just far enough to get out of my parent's reach but close enough to go home when I want to visit family.

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