Alexander - Arizona State University

B. Science
Semester 2, 2017

Academic experience

I had a bunch of electives to fill up so I took Photography (ART201), Indtro/solar systems Astronomy (AST111), Animal Behavior (BIO331), Conservation of Biodiversity (BIO322), Intro to Geology (GLG101).

If you're interested in conservation I highly recommend BIO322 it is one of the best courses I've taken and if you have the time and the money photography is a great course to take if you want to bring home a bunch of photos as memories.

The academic system is a bit different over there as assessment pieces are worth less but there is one almost every week.

Personal experience

Exchange has hands down been the best experience of my life so far I highly recommend it to anyone considering it, you gain great friends from all over the world and you will see parts of the world that will blow you away like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. The sports in the states are great fun as school and team spirit is massive and the crowd always gets super into it.

Accommodation

I lived off campus in student accommodation at BLVD 1900 cost $850 a month USD, it is a good place to stay although I'd recommend staying at District – it was easily the best accommodation around.

Staying at student accommodation makes it really easy to meet people as they always host events.

Budget

Rent: $850 a month
Food: $50-$100 a week
Transport: a bike

Save as much as possible if it means missing out on a few nights out here trust me they will be more fun over there. Save at least $12,000 but if you can save more than that do it.

Professional development and employability

Exchange is a great character building experience you gain great people skills being able to make friends anywhere, experience planning trips, getting used to being in new cities and adapting to different cultures and new experiences on a daily basis, and stepping out of your comfort zone.

Highlight

There are so many amazing experiences it's hard to choose, but I'll narrow it down to three things:

  • The National parks are incredible, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon are like nothing I've ever seen before.
  • The sports are huge, the stadiums, crowds and athleticism are amazing to watch especially the college games where you really get into the school spirit.
  • The friends, meeting people from all over the world and making memories. 

Top tips

  • Save up as much money as possible.
  • Say yes to new experiences.
  • Make friends with someone that has a car, going on road trips is the best way to explore.
  • Join clubs and try sports and subjects you haven't done before.
  • Make as many friends as possible – don't get comfortable and stop making more friends.
  • Explore as much as you can.