Different Paths: Heather Barnes | Arizona State University

Different Paths: Heather Barnes | Arizona State University

October 27, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


I was kind of like a nontraditional
high school student: socially anxious, five years to graduate. I dropped out of
high school four times; I went to five different high schools. So for me,
community college was pretty much the only option that I had. But those have
come to be circumstances that I realized are the best things that ever happened
to me. I drove down to Glendale Community
College and decided to take the Accuplacer, and when I walked out the
lady at the desk just told me, like, “Congratulations, you did so well!”
So I remember she said it, and I was like, little tears in my eyes, and then the adviser told me, “Congratulations, you’re eligible for the President’s Scholarship.” And I had
never received a scholarship before, so this is like my first little glimpse
that like, OK, this is … this could be something different than high school.
Like, this can be better than high school. So I put in everything that I possibly
could into it, and it kind of just happened that I got a 4.0 my first
semester at Glendale, and I was like, OK, this isn’t too bad. Like, maybe I
could do this again. And then I was fortunate enough through one of my clubs,
Phi Theta Kappa, to earn a scholarship called the All-Arizona Academic Team
Scholarship that awarded me full tuition to any in-state university. And I
transferred over to ASU to study psychology. And ASU is like 10 times as
big as GCC, and I had made GCC such an awesome experience, so I’m like, I’m gonna
have so many more resources, so many more people: I’m gonna be able to make it
something awesome. And, yeah, I’m gonna be probably crawling out of my skin the
first three weeks out of nerves, but I really cherish every minute that I have
here because I love school and I never could say that when I went to high
school, but I can now and I’m really thankful for that.