Celebrating 85 years and hoping for more to follow
Published: Friday, October 11, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 13:10
When you think of going to college you don’t daydream about attending a small university. Everyone wants to aim for the higher ranked schools. But what do those larger universities have to offer students?
They will give students a wake-up call when they can’t find their professors or are overheard in a lecture class of more than 100 students.
ASU is the place where many of us are starting an exciting and new part of life. It is also the place we meet all the people who will help shape our lives to be what it is today.
There are several aspects of ASU that students have grown to love. As ASU celebrates its 85th anniversary, students, faculty and staff cannot help but cherish the memories they have of this school.
For many students, ASU is just conveniently located in San Angelo where they grew up. For others it might be their dream school. ASU is a friendly campus and the faculty and staff are willing to help anyone who needs it.
Looking at ASU compared to the University of Texas-Austin, UT would blow ASU out of the water. But ASU takes pride in its student body. It is not that UT doesn’t do the same thing, but it has a larger student body to reach out to.
ASU’s campus size is manageable in getting around going from class to class. On a funnier note, if you have to park far away from where your class is, at least it doesn’t take 30 minutes to get to the other side of campus.
Since everyone is friendly on campus, it is easy to meet friends and make relationships that will last a long time. We all hear that our college friendships will be the ones that last. And, for the most part, that is true.
Another great thing about ASU is the people who stand at the front of class and teach. Some of our professors or department heads used to be ASU students. It is great to learn from people who actually went to school here. We are sitting in the same seats they were sitting in several years prior. Having alumni teach is truly unique and it makes for a better learning environment. ASU is a school that draws people back whether it is to teach or just to visit.
With so many different programs, it is hard for students not to get involved. We want to make our college career the best years of our lives. It is hard not to put yourself out there because there is something that everyone can do.
Along the way on our educational paths, without noticing, ASU has become a second home. Every student lives here seven to eight months out of the year. We all grow to love San Angelo at some point during our time at the school.
Once we get closer to our graduation dates, we can’t help but feel as though we are leaving home to enter the real world and become our own people. ASU prepares us for what the real world is going to hand us. Being taught in a small classroom is not a bad thing. In fact, it is going to benefit us because we are able to understand what is being taught in the classroom.
What we learn in our college careers are is the knowledge and skills that we are going to keep with us for the years to come.
It is important that we commemorate ASU because every student who goes here has a reason they chose to attend ASU. Whether is it the warm welcome or extended services offered to help students exceed, ASU has surpassed many expectations.
College is some of the greatest years of our lives. ASU has grown and worked for 85 years to make this a successful university. Being able to say that we can say we were here at the time the university turned 85 is an honor.
As future graduates and alumni, we should appreciate this milestone in the university’s history so ASU can stand strong another 85 years. We congratulate the university and hope to see ASU grow and prosper many more years.