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DECEMBER Pride of ASU: Margaret Dudley

November 06, 2018

Major: History and Psychology
Classification: 1st year student
Graduation: 2022
Hometown: Military family, most recently from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois


How did you learn about ASU?

My parents used to live here in San Angelo while they were stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base, and my mother began her graduate work here at ASU. While she never finished her degree, my oldest sister, Alicia, did attend ASU for her undergraduate studies.

Why did you want to attend ASU?

Whenever my family came to move her into her dorm or apartment at the beginning of each school year, Alicia would show me around campus, telling me all of her favorite parts about college, and I decided to consider it for my own undergraduate studies. By the time I came to take my tour of the campus in my junior year of high school, I found that I already knew everything they had discussed on the tour, and more. I met with the head of the History department, Dr. Klingemann, and hearing about everything their history program had to offer truly excited me, and I knew this would be a fantastic school that would enable me to pursue my interests.

What is your favorite thing about ASU?

My favorite thing at ASU is probably the people. The professors, for the most part, are engaging and passionate about their fields of study, and they teach their subjects well. Everyone else that I’ve talked to who works here, from Lillie, the barista at Common Grounds, to Morgan at the bookstore is extremely nice and always helpful. And then there are my fellow classmates, most of whom I can get along with pretty well. I’ve already made some incredible friends here, and I can’t wait to see who else I meet in the next four years.

What are some of your hobbies?

I really enjoy going to the rock climbing wall at the CHP, although I don’t often have time for that. I love dancing, too, and sports, although I don’t know how good I actually am at them. I’ve gotten some weird looks, but I also really enjoy needlework, particularly crocheting and cross-stitching, which are both hobbies I picked up from my mother when I was little. When I have time, I love to read, particularly psychology case studies or science fiction novels.

 Are you involved in any student organizations?

I’m fairly active within the Honors program, I try to participate in as many events and committees as possible. I’ve actually spent a lot of time recently on the Homecoming committee, which is a lot of work but it’s definitely enjoyable. I’m also part of the Social Ballroom Dance Club, which is loads of fun. I’ve been trying to get into the Psychology Club, but I’ve got a fairly full schedule, and I almost always have something going on at the meeting times.

Do you work on campus? If so, where and what are your responsibilities?

I do not currently work on campus

What is one piece of advice you would give to help college students succeed?

Studying is definitely important, but so are sleep and proper nutrition. While you should always make sure you’re spending enough time studying, you also want to make sure that you’re eating well and eating enough, as well as getting enough good-quality sleep. Taking naps in between study sessions has worked pretty well for me, and sometimes I’ll take books to the caf to read while I’m eating, or I’ll get food from the UC and bring it with me so I can eat while I’m studying. Multitasking is a great skill to have in college.

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