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ASU230: Life by Design

An invaluable part of your learner journey

Life by Design (ASU 230) is a powerful experience for any learner’s toolkit, especially those looking to apply an intentional growth mindset to their college and professional career. 

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Life by design

Course Description

Life by Design (ASU 230)

Living a meaningful life that is true to you is one of life’s greatest endeavors. And, it’s a process that can seem overwhelming and difficult to figure out. College offers you the opportunity to explore interests and find career paths that align to your genuine interests and personal goals. But, where do you start on this journey of self-discovery? Start with the Life by Design class. This course introduces you to the design thinking process – a strategy used by the world’s top designers to launch products and services – and applies that process to your individualized career and life plans. You’ll learn how aspects of your life that may feel disconnected (skills, ambition, interests, relationships, family needs, lifestyle, etc.) can and should work together in helping you discover careers that fit you. You’ll explore how the college experience – through majors, classes, experiential learning, networking and other student services – can support your journey. And, you’ll develop a growth mindset that helps you experiment, live creatively and develop self-confidence. You leave the class understanding that finding career success and life meaning is not a destination, but a process that you’ll be designing throughout your life.

Examples of what you’ll do in Life by Design

  • Design thinking
  • Building a supportive network
  • Exploring how you naturally learn through experience and reflection
  • Exploring yourself: strengths, values, motivations
  • Tapping into flow states
  • Building mind maps, articulating purpose

The bad news: there’s no handbook, map, or wizened sage atop a mountain that teach you how to live life to its fullest. The good news? The ingredients were in you all along. Life x Design is a course that provides frameworks to help you analyze and design your own life in a way that’s personalized and empowering. Go, you!