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Strong school spirit and academic excellence led Danielle to choose Arizona State University over other options in her home state of California. Now a junior in civil engineering, Danielle has found a home away from home. She enjoys her time in the Society of Women Engineers student club and her duties as a Fulton Ambassador, helping other engineers to succeed. Danielle’s not shy to say she frequents the engineering tutoring center and is appreciative of the resources ASU provides. She also says that networking is easy and fun—with events from E2 Camp for new freshmen to Feasting with Faculty. Danielle shares the view of many of her California friends at ASU that Tempe is the perfect distance from home. “You are close enough for parents to visit, but far enough to feel your freedom and grow your independence. Plus, there are enough California students to form carpools home for nearly any holiday weekend.” And the academics? Danielle says, “Come to ASU where you are treated like an engineer from day one.” Arizona State University was the exception on Danielle’s list of potential universities as a high school senior in San Diego. It sat alone on a list of California schools and opportunities much closer to home. This selection didn’t seem so odd to Danielle upon her first visit to ASU in the spring semester before high school graduation. In fact, it was Danielle who felt like the odd one out, swimming in a sea of maroon and gold, on the large and bustling university campus in Tempe, Ariz. “ASU immediately stood out as a school with more spirit and pride than I had ever seen back home,” says Danielle, “I always knew I wanted a school that combined stellar academics with an exciting, sociable atmosphere.” ASU was the place and engineering was the degree. Engineering stood out to Danielle as the perfect program to combine her love of math and science with practical work and an innovative mindset. This was confirmed during her first week as an ASU freshman when Danielle attended E2 camp, Fulton Engineering’s freshman orientation. The camp also helped ease Danielle’s nerves as an out-of-state student as she found herself surrounded by other out-of-state students and similar feelings. To Danielle’s delight, a large majority of out-of-state students at ASU share her home state of California. Danielle’s friends at E2 camp made her first study group partners as they all shared classes and dorms in the engineering residential community. The engineering residential community was a highlight for Danielle as a freshman and, a highlight now, as she serves as a residential peer mentor for fellow engineers. “ASU Engineering encourages getting to know your professors outside of the classroom,” says Danielle, “I’ve loved various ‘Feast with the Faculty’ events and residential community barbeques, that make networking easy and fun.” And as Danielle points out,
“It’s not every dean that makes it a priority to put on some cargo pants and play volleyball with freshman students.”
Danielle recognizes the importance of getting involved and taking advantage of the resources available. She enjoys her time in the Society of Women Engineers student club and her duties as a Fulton Ambassador, helping other engineers to succeed.  Danielle’s not shy to say she frequents the engineering tutoring center and is appreciative of the resources ASU provides. Danielle shares the view of many of her California friends at ASU that Tempe is the perfect distance from home. “You are close enough for parents to visit, but far enough to feel your freedom and grow your independence. Plus, there are enough California students to form carpools home for nearly any holiday weekend,” says Danielle. Danielle spent her last few weeks of summer, not as a participant at E2 camp, but as a mentor this year. Danielle easily looks back on her first day at E2 camp, as a shy and nervous out of state student, and the change which has taken place for her. “Come to ASU where you are treated like an engineer from day one,” says Danielle, “Don’t settle for a college that doesn’t get really excited on football game day, that doesn’t wear their colors with pride and that can’t pair academic excellence with a strong school spirit.” ASU has it all.