Internship opportunities lead ASU student to post-graduation success

December 9, 2013

Student Edward Chaney has never received a grade lower than an “A” in his entire college career. It’s true, we checked.

And, no, he doesn’t spend all of his time in the library. In fact, he divides his time between school, internships and creating a life with his new wife.   Download Full Image

Chaney is using the benefits of his father’s G.I. Bill to attend Arizona State University, where he is studying creative writing in the Department of English. Through the department’s internship coordinator, Ruby Macksoud, Chaney has landed a series of internships that have provided hands-on training in the field.  

The first was a position teaching English as a second language (ESL) to women from Taiwan. He also worked with the Hayden’s Ferry Review, pouring over submissions, editing and putting together the publication’s yearly magazine.

“Sometimes your intro writing classes can be a lot like the Youtube comment section. Peers will just throw out opinions. This internship allowed me to think critically about a body of work to voice an opinion on the plot, characters, storyline, everything,” he said.

For his final internship with the Jeollanamdo Language Program, Chaney flew across the world to Korea, where he taught English through the visual use of comic books.

“It allowed me to be really creative. I would use the graphics to explain the characters and describe them. I would also use interjections like 'bam’ and 'pow,' and pretend to be a superhero to drive home the point,” he said.

The experience was so profound that he is going back again next year to teach. His wife, Kristen, also was accepted to the program and will be putting her teaching degree to work in the classroom. Chaney says he will be teaching 22 classes a week for one year with the possibility to extend another year. While abroad, the pair would like to travel to Japan, Malaysia and Laos.  

Chaney is set to graduate from ASU on Dec. 16 in Wells Fargo Arena. He says the best part of his college experience was working with the Department of English faculty and staff.

“I’m really thankful for Ruby and my advisor Linda Sullivan. I told them my ideas and they connected me with the right people to make it happen,” he said.

As for the future, he plans to take a job as an ESL teacher in California when he returns from Korea. Chaney is hoping that he can use his comedic life experiences to one day make a living as a comic book writer.

“I was in Lake Havasu once and it was so hot that my tires literally melted. I’ve also kicked a shark while surfing. It’s easily enough material for a book,” he said.

More than 4,700 Sun Devils to graduate this December

December 9, 2013

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The time has come for more than 4,700 students at Arizona State University to turn their tassels to the left and have their degrees conferred. woman in traditional Diné/Navajo dress Download Full Image

University commencement ceremonies are set to take place Dec. 17-18, in Wells Fargo Arena, on ASU's Tempe campus. The graduate ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m., Dec. 17, and the undergraduate ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 18.

ASU President Michael M. Crow will serve as the official speaker for the undergraduate ceremony.

Individual schools and colleges will host special convocation ceremonies throughout the week. Below are just a few of them. Please visit the official website to learn whether tickets for the convocation you’re attending are required.

Monday, Dec. 16

College of Nursing and Health Innovation
10 a.m., Phoenix Convention Center, West Building, Level 3

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
3 p.m., Grady Gammage Auditorium, Tempe campus

New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
2 p.m., Fletcher Lawn Library, West campus

Tuesday, Dec. 17

Barrett, the Honors College
2 p.m., Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tempe campus

American Indian Convocation
7:30 p.m., Neeb Hall, Tempe campus

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Hispanic Convocation
11:30 a.m., Grady Gammage Auditorium, Tempe campus

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
12:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe campus

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
4:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe campus

Thursday, Dec. 19

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
9 a.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe campus

W. P. Carey School of Business
2:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe campus

College of Technology and Innovation
10 a.m., Sun Devil Fitness Complex on the Polytechnic campus

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