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During his undergraduate studies, Amaroney Thach had the opportunity to study abroad three times and work in various capacities in the hospitality industry. Afterwards, he received a BS in Tourism Development and Management from Arizona State University. He currently works for ASU TRIO Upward Bound Program supporting college-bound first generation high school students to prepare for and pursue college. As a first-generation college graduate, he has developed a passion for programs and resources that have helped me become a professional today. He is in the Mike Curb MA in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership program because of its interdisciplinary approach. He wants to be able to fuse two areas he is passionate about: first-generation college students and study abroad by creating an app to better prepare first-generation college students to study abroad.
What is something you’ve learned in the Mike Curb MA in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership program that will shape your future work?
Design thinking methodologies are one of my primary takeaways from the Mike Curb MA in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership program. It has allowed me to be more innovative by looking at problems from a different lens. I have already applied design thinking successfully in my professional role at ASU and I plan to incorporate it more in both my professional and personal life.
Keywords: first generation college student experience, studying abroad, technology, app development, higher education, innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking