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Students Of Dowtown  Celebrating students of the Downtown Phoenix ASU Campus

“Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of friends because my parents were always moving due to church reasons. So the main people I had in my life to talk to were my brother and sister. My brother and I were pretty close way back then, because we are only one year apart, and we used to do everything together. I remember most of the time we just lived in apartments. But at that age you don’t really care about where you live. It’s more about what you are doing, and how much fun you're having. Like people will say, ‘oh I have this childhood friend and we've known each other since kindergarden and we grew up together.' I never really had that, because we were always moving. Since we always did live in apartments, I got to talk to a lot of kids there who were my age. I remember playing pretend, running around with these wooden stakes like they were swords. I actually remember my brother and I made this like small economy type of thing in a playground. We would try to sift through the sand looking for rocks and then the rocks became currency. He was a banker and I was some sort of peaseant. Of course he was the banker because he was older. I remember that we lived in this apartment in Cypress, California, and from what my parents told me that was the hardest time of our lives. My dad was still studying for his doctorate, and my mom was the only who was making money. A lot of the time, my brother and I would be by ourselves. To be honest, that was the best time of my life. Because even though my family struggled a lot, that was the closest we ever were.”
William, 20

“I have a lot of activities going on at the same time. I’m a peer mentor, I’m enrolled in journalism, [and] I write for a sports blog. All of it together, plus having a real job, it’s a lot of stress. It’s all busy, but that’s the thrill of it. You have so many things going on, and you know you’re accomplishing all of it and you still have time to fit in with friends. It’s pretty awesome actually.” Brendan, 19
Journalism, minor in Business

"I believe in all these students, and I ask them all these questions about what they want to be. And the more I learn about them, the more I realize really what I am fighting for. And I am not fighting to be a celebrity on campus; it's not to be known. It's just to make sure that every student that believes in their dream has the ability and opportunity to accomplish it. Nobody should be told they can't accomplish their dreams just because they don’t have the money for it. You can’t just cap a person’s potential. You can’t just tell someone who has the ability to change the world that they can’t." (Part 3/3)

Jimmy, 20
Public Policy, minor in Sustainability

"When I got back into my room, I just felt so defeated. And I remember everyone had been gone for spring break and it was like 6 am when I got back, and I just felt so done. That whole week had been a roller coaster of emotions. Being at the capital for an all night session, and then getting back and reflecting on it. It was very difficult to think about it. And I just kind of realized when I woke up around noon that day, with everyone being gone, that there has to be something more that we can do. Because there are way too many students with way too many aspirations to just give up. I knew there was going to be another budget battle next year, and decided in that moment I am going to dedicate my next year to this."

"I think the moment I realized I had to take a bigger part in this is when I in the legislature and it must've been 5 am, and I remember them passing the bill by one vote. And just the amount of emotion that myself and the rest of us felt, thinking about what the repercussions would be. What was going to happen to students, what was going to happen to friends. I knew for myself personally, this wasn’t going to hurt that bad; I was going to make it through this. But for my friends who were just struggling to get by with tuition currently, I felt a lot of fear."
(Part 1/3)
Jimmy, 20
Public Policy, minor in Sustainability

"The hardest part is being away from my parents because I was always really close to them growing up. Being an only child, I was kind of raised as a stereotypical only child, like really loving environment and I was kind of spoiled. And then you come here and you hear everyone's different stories and realize that not everything is about you." (Part 2/2)

Angelica, 17

“My greatest weakness is probably my empathy. When I was younger, I just allowed people to walk all over me. Now it's evolved more into just caring for people, but I definitely do still have this thing where I put other people first to the extent where It can hurt me. Also, when you're really empathetic, you see things more from another person's view and I think it makes for being sad often. I guess I think a lot about the world and the people in it, and It makes me more sad than I think it does for other people.”
(Part 1/2)
Angelica, 17

“If you had one week to live, what would you do and who would you visit?”
“I'd eat a bunch of fish tacos and do whatever. I’d basically be back in San Diego and live the normal San Diego life. I would spend time with my best friends from high school and with my family. And oh, skydiving. I’ve always been too afraid to go, but if I had one week to live like might as well. So I would do all that sentimental stuff and then go skydiving.”
Quinn, 19
Criminal Justice

"I'm from Rancho Cucamonga, down in Southern California. I was looking into journalism schools, and when I saw Cronkite I came and visited it and fell in love. I didn’t know anyone when I came here. All my friends went to local schools, where they knew a few people, and I didn’t know anyone so leaving behind everything and going to a different state was nerve wracking but I like it. I want to do broadcast, and I think ultimately I would want to be an anchor but I want to report for a while." Alexis, 18

"I personally like stress. I feel like it keeps me on my toes. I have played soccer all my life, so the model that the U.S. women’s soccer team uses is 'pressure makes us,' and I take that to heart. I like pressure and I like stress, and if I set a really high goal and overcome that, I can do anything.” Crystal, 19 Secondary Education and History

"What's the difference between being in love and falling in love?" “When you fall in love, it's that first honeymoon period where everything seems great and you're getting to know all this new stuff about this new person. For most people, it only lasts so long, and you can have a lot of good times with someone but they just aren’t the right person. Being in love is the thing that lasts, like when you see couples that have been together for like 70 years and they are still learning new things about each other. That’s pretty much when you’re in love.” Chase, 19


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