A memory most will never forget: their first steps on campus as a freshman.
It’s a moment that marks the end of childhood and the start of adulthood. Nothing’s ever the same after that. Most likely, it starts a lifelong connection with that university. Even after the school years are over, being a proud alumni of a university is something many carry throughout their lives.
But what about online students? How can Wired Devils feel a connection with Sun Devils? Can we fall in love with Arizona State like those young freshmen? In today’s electronic world, yes, absolutely. And there are plenty of ways to fall for your new school.
ASU on Facebook
If you already have a Facebook account, you need to check out both ASU on Facebook and the ASU Online Facebook page. Think of these pages as a site within a site, or Facebook communities for ASU students only. Your ASU Facebook page is different than your main page, as it focuses only on your ASU stuff. The conversations on your wall are with other ASU students, allowing you to talk about your class schedule, study habits and build friendships. And the ASU Online Facebook page lets you connect with other ASU Online students.
Apps: Spark and more!
Yes, there’s an app for ASU Online students. Several, in fact. The first is Spark, which is sort of a cross between Facebook and Twitter for your phone. Then there’s the main ASU app, which allows you to access My ASU to check email and classes on the go. The campus paper, The State Press, has an app as well so you can keep up with what is happening on campus.
If you use Twitter, you know how much is out there for you if you have a particular interest. From academic accounts to athletic ones, it doesn’t take long to fill your feed with ASU news and information.
The Sports Scene
Once I was accepted to ASU, I was faced with questions of how to feel a connection to ASU from Oklahoma City. Being a big sports fan, I started following Sun Devil athletics, specifically football. I bought some gear and started watching games on TV–not to mention coming out to Tempe for the 2011 Territorial Cup game. I’m Devil through and through at this point. Next year, I will go to the ASU-Notre Dame game in Dallas. Then, hopefully, a game or two every year. I might have missed out on the campus atmosphere as a student the first time around, but this is the next best way to build a physical connection with the school–something that is very important to me.
I absolutely believe ASU Online students can fall in love with ASU like a freshman does. I know I have. It just takes a little more effort for us. While we might have missed setting foot on campus before our classes started, we will all have the chance to walk across the stage in Tempe when we have finished our degrees, which is what really matters anyway, right?