- After her family’s forced relocation to Chicago, Asia-Ana was unable to enroll in her freshman year of high school due to the timing of the relocation and administrative policies; she received F’s that year to graduate on time. After taking night, online, weekend, and summer classes to supplement her learning, she graduated in the top 20% of her class.
- Asia-Ana served as marketing advisor for a student-led group started to address gaps in administrative assistance at her high school, where she planned college tours, disseminated scholarship info, developed workshops on financial aid, and promoted senior activities through social media for her fellow classmates.
- After some students described feeling misunderstood, she helped found the Gay Straight Alliance at her high school.
ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
Class of 2018