Back-to-school spotlight: Incoming ASU students
As part of our back-to-school coverage, ASU News is shining a spotlight on notable incoming students. The series will run during the first two weeks of the fall semester. Check back for more profiles.
Joey Hudy already has a resume filled with internships at tech companies, impressive inventions and multiple trips to the White House, but he decided to attend ASU because he believed it could help him achieve even more.
Savannah Cunningham — who has long had a passion for sports — will soon be known as Midshipman Cunningham when she begins her freshmen year in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps this fall at ASU.
After overcoming a lot of obstacles as a youth, Cindy Wong decided to chase her dreams of getting educated, and helping to educate others. She’s pursuing a degree from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, with the full support of her daughters and husband.
Hailing from Japan, Jobana Westbay loves math and sciences, so when she found ASU's Technological Entrepreneurship and Management Program she knew she had found a school that was worth crossing the Pacific to attend.
Eric Laughlin was looking for a place to pursue his passion for astronomy and physics, then a friend turned him onto ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration and he found his future.
When Mia Armstrong's father proposed the idea to biking from Flagstaff to the Phoenix metro area, she admits she was initially wary. But the spirited ASU freshman decided to go for it, and the sometimes emotional journey became an important life experience.
Skylar Mason, who lost her father in a crushing car accident that left her with permanent injuries, is now taking her dreams of being a journalist into the school her father wanted her to attend.
Houston native Joey Ramos-Mata is enraptured by journalism and has a goal of becoming a Supreme Court justice. He believes ASU's academics and reputation will help him reach his dreams.
Walter Bonar might be missing his family back in North Carolina, but the incoming ASU freshman is ready to jump into his ASU education and try to realize his dream of constructing a car that could fly.
Growing up around the Air Force introduced Devyn Carter to a fascination with speed; now the Texas native is coming to ASU so he can study aerodynamics and build faster cars. He was also drawn to the diversity of the student body and research opportunities.