If you know my boyfriend Hunter, you know he is pretty fantastic. He is supportive, easy going, patient and his subdued personality is a good balance to my very bright and energetic ways. He cares for very few things, but the things he cares for, he cares for fiercely. I think that’s one of the reasons we were some of the lucky few to survive a long distance relationship.
While the distance was challenging, Hunter has been doing some amazing things since then. He played in the Western States Hockey League with the Dallas Snipers, so I have a hefty collection of postcards from his travels (postcard collecting has now become a tradition). He was also taking classes at a local community college, hoping, one day, he’d be able to transfer those credits to a four year university.
Well I’m thankful to say that day has come. Hunter has committed to coming out to Arizona State University next year on a full academic scholarship! He was recruited by a couple different schools including University of Washington, Texas A&M and Dallas Baptist, but he is really passionate about being in Arizona and the amazing opportunities they have offered him.
Hunter was 1 of 20 transfer students to be accepted into a program at ASU called Next Generation Service Corps. NGSC is a program that promotes leadership in all three sectors of business including private, public and non-profit. It’s a leadership academy that will build his skillset and resume enormously. This program is a select group of students that are focused on becoming leaders in their field to enact monumental change. Needless to say, I am beyond proud and excited. This is an incredibly impressive program that will be integral in his growth, learning and his career. He has faced so much frustration and disappointment, but now he’s moving forward with an amazing school, influential organization, and a not too shabby girlfriend. And don’t worry, he is already working hard to nail his ASU hockey tryout in the Fall.
I think Hunter and I are still in a little bit of disbelief that this is happening for him. ASU is home to incredible, door-opening opportunities. They make giving everyone access to an innovative education, even if they can’t afford it, a priority. Arizona State does this through programs such as their partnership with Starbucks to create The College Achievement Plan, which provides free undergraduate education and degrees to Starbucks employees, and various scholarships including the New American University Scholar awards (the scholarship I received). ASU faculty does the impossible and inspires its students to do the same. I am so proud of my university, and I’m proud Hunter will be joining me.
If you’d like more advice or information regarding programs and/or scholarships offered by Arizona State, please reach out to me! You are welcome to comment or send me a message on Instagram. I’d be happy to help in any way I can.