Why did you choose ASU (Arizona State University)?
That’s the question that I get asked and get asked quite often when I meet new people. And every time I get asked about it, my answer is simple. I chose ASU because of the weather. It doesn’t snow in Tempe nor is there much of rainfall. But it does get cold every now and then but that is because I am unwilling to wear multiple layers of clothing. But that’s the cliched answer that I tell everyone about.
One of the biggest reason by far that I chose ASU was because of the weather conditions in Phoenix but also because of the potential that I saw. Compared to my potential first choice which was Washington State University, ASU was better in every way. Whether it be campus size or facilities, ASU was better. But, then again we did lose the homecoming game against the WSU Cougars in October.
The potential that I saw with ASU is the number of students on campus. Not only does the school have over 70,000 students across the different campuses but the student body is represented by the most diverse international student body of all the universities that I shortlisted. But one of the problems that I was nagged about by my mother is the lack of Malaysians in this school. She was worried for me. With the sunny weather all year round and diversity of students, I made the decision to come to ASU.
So, did my instincts lead me the wrong way?
I don’t think so or to be more specific, I can’t definitively say yes or no because I can’t compare with something that never happened. Over the years, I have learnt that there’s no right or wrong when it comes to life. Every decision leads to another path in life. Maybe I would have had a better time elsewhere. But as is, I think I made the right choice.
Maybe its because of the people I met here at ASU that made me think this way.
Here’s a couple of unedited photos that I took the first time I roamed the ASU campus. I still remember it like it was just yesterday. The cold winds, cloudy skies and slight rain.