By Tyler Tobyne

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Senator

The Undergraduate Student Government Downtown is a vast world of people, people who are truly there to help you. This is what I found when I transferred from the Tempe campus to Downtown Phoenix campus this semester. In addition, I found that the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts (CISA) was struggling to find a second senator. I finally decided to reach out to our USGD president and found myself getting addicted to the whirlwind of excitement that is USGD.

USGD is a place where you can go to feel that you belong. I have met some amazing people in the semester I have been here. In addition, I’ve had the pleasure of working with my co-senator Casey Rhode, who has been invaluable and I am very sad to be losing her next year. But hey! If you are interested in mental health, you should reach out to her! Looking behind us is always 20/20. I feel that this semester I have already begun to lay the groundwork for what is to come next semester, with not only myself, but hopefully a new co-senator who will be found soon.

CISA is a group of more than 6,000 students, with a little more than 2,000 located on the Tempe campus, more than 300 on the Downtown Phoenix campus, about 750 on the Polytechnic campus, and more than 3,000 Online. Here in CISA, students can choose from more than 20 undergrad degree programs and we also serve Exploratory students. Our largest major (and my major) is interdisciplinary studies. Interdisciplinary studies majors get to choose from more than 150 concentration from across ASU and focus on two, and then apply those two concentrations to real life applications. We get a degree basically saying that we have concentrated on two major focal points that have been successfully integrated. This degree is one of the most real-world-centered degrees.

Moving toward the future as the Downtown CISA senator, I plan to involve not only our Downtown CISA students but our Online students as well. Working for the Dean to plan a fall welcome for CISA students, as well as getting the CISA student leaders out in the spotlight are my two main plans next semester. The one thing people need to know is that all your senators are very approachable. We want to help YOU and this upcoming year I plan to accomplish just that.

If you have any questions, if you want to know about student government, if you want to get involved, if you want a friend (pretty much soliciting for friends at this point) please reach out to me or any one of your senators!!



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