By Tom Ramstetter
NKU Marketing + Communications
Paige Barrett knows that beginning college a year and a half later than the rest of her graduating class could be tough.
But it’s certainly doable — especially at Northern Kentucky University, where she will begin her freshman year Jan. 12 as the spring semester begins at NKU
“It was actually pretty painless,” 20-year-old Paige says. “This semester I am taking English 101, public speaking, University 101, anthropology, and U.S history, which I am most excited about,” Paige says.
Starting in January is a route many students take successfully.
“It was actually a lengthy process because I am quite the procrastinator,” Paige says. “I applied for the fall semester of 2014 and began to fill out all of the necessary paperwork, but I wasn't able to get all of my financial aid forms completed to start on time. So I picked back up a few months later and began the process all over again so I could start in January.”
Once she got started, members of the faculty and staff at NKU were there to guide her through the process.
“My adviser, Jenny Wagner, made the process very simple and helped me whenever I had questions,” Paige says. “I will say that every interaction that I have had has been very pleasant and very encouraging. Everyone from my adviser, to orientation presenters, and to student orientation leaders, it has been awesome.”
Paige Barrett, 20, will begin her freshman year Jan. 12 as the spring semester begins at NKU. Paige will major in public relations in the College of Informatics.
Paige is arriving at NKU at this time because she took a year off after graduating from Ryle High School in Union, Kentucky, for Discipleship Training School in Australia with an organization called Youth With A Mission. After returning from six months overseas, she moved to Fort Thomas to be a Young Life leader at Highlands High School.
“I had the opportunity to travel to Fiji, Australia, Russia, and Latvia in those six months,” Paige says. “The focus of the work we were doing as a school, was anti-human-trafficking and prostitution ministry, different homeless ministries, and children's ministries. It was the experience of a lifetime. I am way more ready now, three semesters later, to start college than I ever have been and I am looking so forward to these next years as a student at NKU.”
And she has a very specific goal in mind. Paige wants to be an event and wedding coordinator.
“I am very passionate about event planning and weddings in particular, and I wouldn't want to be in any other line of work for my career,” Paige says. “My dream company to work for one day is Viva Bella events in Cincinnati.”
So now she begins the pursuit of that dream as she works toward her degree at NKU.
“I knew that I wanted to go to college and get a degree of some sort after I returned from overseas,” Paige says. “The convenience of NKU was great for me, but I also enjoyed the atmosphere and I thought this was the best route to take to prepare me for my future.”