Hello 75 and sunny, goodbye 20 and snowy! That’s right, we finally arrived in Arizona!
My name is Lien Do, and I am a senior at Wilkes University studying Marketing. The wonderful people who are on this SiMesa journey with me include Marc Perry (junior), studying marketing, Megan Powers (junior), studying accounting, and De’Von Moore (junior) studying management.
Everyone’s adventure out to Arizona was different. De’Von had the most patience out of all of us because he took the 36 hour drive from Maryland to Arizona. His drive here was definitely a long one but exciting because he got to see a lot of different terrain from the Windmill Farms to the dry desert. De’Von stopped in Nashville, TN, and ate at a restaurant called The Aquarium. He also stopped by Amarillo, TX, where he had his first Wing Stop, Lemon Pepper.
Megan escaped the cold a week early and had the chance to come out to visit her family. She got to do a lot of sight-seeing and lucky enough to spend a couple days in the warm weather!
As for Marc and I, we spent 6 hours on a plane – exciting, I know. We were counting down the seconds ’til we landed, but those seconds seemed like an eternity. As the plane went over Phoenix, we saw all the lights and couldn’t believe that we were finally here.
Once we all got to the Marriott, we were taken back by the fact that this was where we were going to be staying for the next three months, trust me if you saw this hotel, you would be too. What makes the experience at the Marriot so much better is the staff. They are very friendly and welcoming… legends wearing Marriott shirts. We basically became best friends within the first 30 mins of my arrival.
As our week went on, we started classes and had a great mini tour of the Greater Phoenix area. The Mesa Marketing Coordinator, Jen Atkins, took us around ASU’s campus, and showed us where spring training takes place. After the tour, we had In-N-Out Burger for the first time ever. Although it was kind of messy, it was absolutely delicious! I’m still questioning why we don’t have one of these in Pennsylvania. It would save lives.
Our first adventure of the semester consisted of a scavenger hunt that Jen put together. Downtown Mesa reminded me a lot of Downtown Wilkes-Barre because of how all the restaurants are local instead of chains, which I thought was cool because you wouldn’t expect that in a big city. We went to stores such as Sweet Cakes, Gotham City Comics, Lost Dutchman Coffee, and many more
wonderful businesses! Sweet Cakes Cafe was my favorite local business, though, because they offer great food and sweets. They also have a 5-layered brownie… I don’t think I need to explain how great those are, the name says it all! The most unique business I encountered was the Mesa Art Center. The structure of center made it very appealing.
Our second adventure was a hike up South Mountain that Deanna, a current student at Wilkes
Mesa, put together. This was my first time ever going on a hike and I was pretty sure I was going to make Marc carry me. This hike was slightly difficult but that’s only because that’s the most cardiovascular activity I’ve done in ages. Thankfully we didn’t see any strange creatures lurking around. Overall though it was worth it, we got to the top of the mountain and the view was unbelievable!
This is my first time on the west coast and experiencing a different region of the world. Within our first two weeks out here, we’ve met some great people and are having a great time. I’m definitely excited to see what else this semester has in stored for us!
- If you are over 21, make sure you have a horizontal ID and not a vertical one.
- I know they get annoying, but read the e-mails that are sent out so you don’t forget any important paper work.
- Drink water, it’ll save your life (seriously, you’ll get dehydrated).