ASU graduate finds unexpected passion in geography

December 13, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story is one in a series of profiles of notable fall 2021 graduates.

December 2021 Arizona State University graduate Alli Cripe spent her teenage years traveling the world as a model, but found her way back to the valley once she got excited for journalism.

Through her position as a student worker at Access ASU, new graduate Allison Cripe has helped reach out to families in Arizona for access to higher education.
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It was when Cripe was a student at Mesa Community College that she first started out as a writer rather than a photo subject. She transferred to ASU and found the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to be a welcoming community.

“It was like a tight-knit little family. We all knew each other and supported each other, especially on Twitter, ”she said.

Cripe took care of his work and internships, including being the social media manager for Access the ASU, which is dedicated to increasing access to higher education for Arizona families. There, she helped publicize events and programs that aim to engage underrepresented communities to attend university and connect families with resources that make higher education a financial and academic reality.

She said the experience was great for getting a head start in professional life.

“Working with Access ASU gave me the tools to move forward and find a career. Professionally it means that I have applied what I learned in class and it also means that I can enrich my resume a bit, ”she said.

“Personally, I think it shows that ASU really cares about its students. The student worker position helped me financially because I had studied full time and could not work full time. I am really grateful for this.

As she prepared to graduate, Cripe reflected on her time at ASU and shared her advice for her fellow Sun Devils.

Question: What was your “aha” moment when you realized you wanted to study the area you specialized in?

Responnse: Before ASU, I entered community college to learn more about English and creative writing. I got a job at Mesa Community College’s student newspaper, Mesa Legend. They gave me my first newspaper job as a sports editor and I rose through the ranks to Opinions.

I have grown to love writing articles and meeting new, exciting people to interview. Then Mike wongThe internship program has helped me work with Phoenix New Times, and I really appreciated that.

Q: What did you learn at ASU – in class or elsewhere – that surprised you or changed your perspective?

A: My course in mass communication law – kudos to (Professor Joseph) Russomannotaught me the important limits of journalism so that a media does not get sued. To learn that George Carlin is the reason we have obscenity laws for the media really surprised me. I had no idea.

Q: Why did you choose ASU?

A: ASU’s journalism program is among the best. So once I found journalism I knew I had to go to ASU.

Q: Which teacher taught you the most important lesson during your time at ASU?

A: Professor James Teeple gave me some life-changing editing and writing tips in my class 301, and Sonia bovio taught me the importance of communication audits, which I will never forget!

Q: What is the best advice you would give to those who are still in school?

A: If you are young and have the option of not working while studying, fight that urge and work anyway. Working while in school gives you so much more self-confidence when you’re about to graduate. You will be glad you spent the extra hours on an internship or freelance. And enjoy all that your school has to offer!

Q: What was your favorite place on campus, whether it was to study, meet friends, or just think about life?

A: Without question the First Amendment Forum. I will miss walking past the big TV screens showing CNN.

Q: What are your plans after you graduate?

A: At some point, I would like to travel to Italy. No deadline on that, but it’s a goal.

Most importantly, now that I have graduated, I intend to step out and improve the world through a career. I would like to make a positive difference.

Q: If someone gave you $ 40 million to solve a problem on our planet, what would you tackle?

A: Mental health, because I hate that there are unhappy people who don’t have the mental means to fix their own world. Moreover, if cured, it would greatly reduce crime and homicide etc.