Hello and welcome to Arizona State University. Good choice, by
the way, on your post-high school education selection. You are
guaranteed to have a good time here at ASU — don't worry
parents, they won't have THAT good of a time.
Here are some stellar tips to survive your underling year:
- Watch out for Manzy (aka Manzanita). Seriously, don't eat
there. We have heard some things — granted, they have
not been officially confirmed — about the food they serve.
There are many other viable food options within walking distance.
FYI — Chili's takes Sun Dollars.
- Don't get too excited about being in college — I mean,
do get excited, but don't get so excited that you go and buy
every T-shirt, sweatshirt and hat at the ASU Bookstore. It is
possible to support your school too much.
- BEWARE! Parking and Transit Services at ASU are the devil.
You will hate them by the time graduation comes. They will give
you a ticket the minute your parking meter runs out and any
occurrence of your parking pass not being displayed. I have
one word for you — appeal! Appeal to PTS as often as you
can. It will be more than necessary, unless you have a money
tree in your dorm room.
- The bridge (pictured above) is quite deceiving. It may seem
cool to walk over it as a new freshman, but after a week you
are going to be sick and tired of it. Walking the bridge is
an amazing workout; you burn 20 calories each pass. It is a
great butt-blaster, good for the quads. It may seem like more
work to walk to the corner of College and University, but you
don't burn nearly as many calories. Or if you are overly concerned
about gaining the feared Freshman Fifteen, walk over that bridge
at least three times a day.
- Don't be afraid to ask upper classman for directions during
your first week of classes. We understand that you are new here
and we are not going to bite your head off if you ask us where
the Social Sciences Building or the Computing Commons are. Upper
classman can actually be nice, plus you will get bonus points
from your new friends if they see you with them.