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Askia and Shnelle Stewart are the proud parents of ASU student Askia Stewart Jr., who plans to graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in global management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. The Stewarts have two daughters at home, ages 15 and 17. The couple was born and raised in Phoenix and currently live in the Ahwatukee section of the Valley.
Askia Jr. said he selected ASU because he was excited for the opportunity to earn a global management degree, and the West campus provided a comfortable, attractive place to live. The university's free shuttle connecting West to the nearby Thunderbird campus was another factor.
Advice for other Sun Devil families
“I think for parents, just being accepting and open and understanding that your students have grown. Their opinions may change, but still matter. Just accept them for who they are as a person, but still continue to guide them along the right path.”
— Askia Stewart Sr.
“Communication is the key, as far as when they get home, you should still know them to a certain degree. It should be a constant communication while they're gone, so they aren't so much of a stranger when they're coming home. With social media, there are all types of ways to stay in contact, even if it's not a phone call.”
— Shnelle Stewart
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