Hello, fellow (and future) Sun Devils! My name’s Jackie and I’m an ASU Online Student living in Chicago. I am an English major with a passion for reading, watching Grey’s Anatomy with my dog, and spending time traveling whenever possible. I’ll be blogging about my ASU Journey over the next few months, so make sure you stay tuned to Jackie's journey.
My first three semesters of college were spent at an on-ground university less than an hour from my hometown. Freshman year I had the stereotypical college experience and LOVED it: maneuvering dorm and campus life, ordering food at 3 AM with my floormates and struggling to get up for those early lecture classes. I was very lucky to have an older sister who attended the same school, which helped me adjust.
After my first year, my sister graduated and I headed home for the summer and secured a job. My job was great and I decided to continue working on the weekends during the fall semester for extra money. Within the first week back in the fall, I realized that my advisor had me sign up for a class I hadn’t taken prerequisites for, I was in over my head and couldn’t find the support I needed. I couldn’t find a friend group I fit with and felt lost in the crowd. My unhappiness didn’t dissipate with time and I knew that I had to make a change.