More often than not, such words of inspiration have a story behind them. In Hailey’s case, the journey involved two years spent at two different universities in her home state of Georgia, and a growing feeling of dissatisfaction with her academic experience.
“I didn’t like my courses, I didn’t feel productive, and I didn’t feel like I belonged,” she explains. “I was frustrated with my professors for being closed-minded and limited in their teaching techniques. I decided to go to career counseling for about six months, and learned in that process that I should fight for what makes me happy and fulfilled.”
Determined to make a positive change, Hailey left her previous job and was hired as a barista at Starbucks. When she was informed of the company’s College Achievement Plan, she took a leap of faith and began the process of enrollment at ASU.
“To have a job that literally invests in my success with higher education is such a blessing,” she says.
Raised in a middle-class family, Hailey says her dad has worked for everything they have, and was the first in his family to attend and graduate from college. He wished for her to continue her education — yet although she did not have student loans when she started at ASU, Hailey did not like the idea of putting the costs of schooling on her father.