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The Devils in Depth team converses with Sun Devils on a central theme. In this edition, students discuss their involvement in clubs and organizations.
Jason – Global Studies major
[I’m in] Young Democrats. We meet once a week on Fridays in Discovery Hall. Just a classroom in there. We usually bring a guest speaker in, so they’ll bring in a local politician or something like that. We had our U.S. rep Greg Stanton come in. You see Greg around a lot, though.
They’ll talk about the news of the week. They always do announcements about internship opportunities or if we’re going to go do an activity that weekend. Our activities are usually canvassing or protests or a march. So, canvassing is when we just knock on doors for a politician.
[During our meetings,] we do these two things. One’s like “the elephant in the room” where you list off things Republicans did that week, or things that were bad that people did that week in the news. And then, we do “honorary Democrat,” and then you say a Democrat that did something good that week.
I joined the club for fun. Like, I had a friend who wanted to go, so we went. First semester, I went every couple weeks — I really didn’t go that much. But, I’m trying to get more involved this semester and have more fun. It’s fun, and I get to meet people.
Brooke and Casey – Speech and Hearing
We’re in NSSHLA — National Student Speech Hearing Language Association. It’s good, we like it. We just had our first meeting only last week, but that was just for the semester. [We’ve been in this club] since last semester. We meet once a month — it’s Wednesday, usually in the middle of the month from 5 to 6!
We basically talk about upcoming events like volunteering opportunities, things pertaining to speech and hearing. We talk about how to get involved with our major. There were a lot of walks and marathons last semester, but this semester there’s a career fair and a convention for speech and hearing!
We basically talk about upcoming events like volunteering opportunities, things pertaining to speech and hearing. We talk about how to get involved with our major. devilsindepth01-28-19-5There were a lot of walks and marathons last semester, but this semester there’s a career fair and a convention for speech and hearing!
[Being in the club] just shows that there are a lot of people to meet and how there are people there to help you and help you navigate the major. It’s just so much networking. It’s really nice to know other people!
Sophia and Ekta –Medical Microbiology, Biomedical Engineering
Sophia: We are part of the ASU Red Cross chapter of American Red Cross, so we work with a local Greater Phoenix chapter and we do events mainly on campus. Our focus is on blood drives and fundraisers. We do a lot of local community events.
Ekta: We also partner up with local firefighters to replace fire alarms and things like that in houses. We hold club meetings to plan for events like blood drives and figure out locations, times and getting volunteers. This March, we’re doing a measles water carnival where we’ll have a dunk tank on the lawn and do fun activities like paint twister, water balloon fights and things like that. Then we have people donate and we try to collect donations for the measles initiative.
Sophia: This organization is definitely something I’m passionate about. We both started in high school and created our own high school clubs! So, when we came to ASU, we were like “we have to continue on campus!” And for me, the blood drive is important because my family has a blood disorder and a big part of that is we need blood donations in order to survive. So, I can’t donate because I’m a carrier of this, so instead I do donor recruitment. I’m here to get other people to donate in my place. Like come on— you’re coming for one hour and saving three lives!
Ekta: We’re both premedical students so I think that volunteerism is really important for both of us, plus having started in high school and things like that. As a younger generation, we have an obligation to help other people spread good messages and create a better world for everybody. So, I think getting ASU students involved and stuff like that and making sure they know it’s available if they want to participate in it, is so important to us. Creating a volunteer culture has really enhanced our experiences here.