“I was in awe,” Alexis describes. “I got to see all of these things we don’t have here in the United States, and got to be around other students. We fed off one another’s creative energies and put in our own ideas. We also had critiques, which I had really missed because it helps you get better.”
As the only online student and participant from the Starbucks College Achievement Program, Alexis says many of her peers were interested in her background. “I told them that I am utilizing everything this school allows me to do,” she says with a laugh.
This past spring, Alexis had the opportunity to reconnect with friends from the Paris trip who attend ASU on campus. While visiting the Phoenix area, she also made an appointment to meet with Hilary in person at the Success Coaching Center.
“It was really cool to put a face to the voice,” Alexis says. “She has been such a huge part of my experience, and I attribute a lot of my personal success to my relationship with her.”
“It was amazing to be able to actually talk in person,” Hilary agrees. “I’ve had the privilege of seeing Alexis develop as a learner over the past year and half, and one constant has remained true of her: she puts her best effort in no matter the class or content. Even through some of her toughest moments, she has shown such positivity and perseverance that I never have to question her commitment to her degree and her education.”