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August Pride of ASU: Kinsey Barnett

June 26, 2019

Name: Kinsey Barnett

Major: Political Science and History

Classification: Junior

Graduation: 2021

Hometown: Yucca Valley, CA


How did you learn about ASU?

I learned about Angelo State during middle school in Sweetwater, TX when they began introducing college options to us. I visited ASU not long after that, and immediately fell in love with the campus. 


Why did you want to attend ASU?

In high school, choosing a college became a serious. I had all of my options in front of me, and was accepted to several other colleges. However, looking at the location, cost, residence halls, and professor-to-student ratio, Angelo State dominated all of the things I considered in the perfect school. 


What is your favorite thing about ASU?

It is too difficult to choose one favorite thing about ASU, so I’m going to list my top 3: the size, instructors and professors, and the town of San Angelo itself. The campus is the perfect size to where I can leave my residence hall 15 minutes before class starts and be there with ample amount of time to spare. I love riding my bike up and down the mall and under all of the trees along the sidewalks on my way to class, also! The campus is very scenic. The instructors genuinely want you to succeed, and it is straightforward what they expect out of every student. The History department here is AMAZING! They all have goofy, outgoing personalities when teaching about their subjects; it is easy to get enthralled in what they are saying. They all crack jokes occasionally, and make it enjoyable to be in their class. 


What are some of your hobbies?

In my spare time, I enjoy going out around town. I visit the Concho River often. Being from California, I think it’s relaxing to be by water when I’m stressed. I enjoy leisurely reading, but textbooks are a little harder to focus on unless I act like it’s a huge story. That’s probably why I enjoy history, because its all stories. 


Are you involved in any student organizations?

I attend AMAS (Association for Mexican American Students) meetings sometimes, but I am not a paying official member. I enjoy the people and culture, and contribute to their events when I can.


Do you work on campus? If so, where and what are your responsibilities?

I currently work a Housing and Residential Programs but was with Ram Family Connection. At RFC, our goal is to help make the families and parents of students to feel at home at Angelo State. We do this through events such as New Student Orientation, Summer Send-Off, and Family Weekends. As an RFC student, I am responsible for creating our monthly newsletter on the Ram Family Connection online hub, helping to put on events, and networking with parents and creating a welcoming environment. I am also responsible for some of our social media outlets, mainly twitter. As my family is so far away in CA, I very much enjoy getting to meet our Ram families and making them feel welcome! 


What is one piece of advice you would give to help college students succeed?

I would say to follow what makes your heart happy. If it doesn’t make you happy, then you have the power to change what ever it is. Your job, major, living situation, etc. Never stop contributing to your goals. A day is not complete unless you study a little, not unless you get a good workout in, go to work, finish that book, whatever your goals may be. 

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