The Devil's Dish

2014 Cronkite High School Summer Journalism Institute

Making The Cut

Soon-to-be juniors Cronkite journalism students Alex Gaspar and Mitch Quesada, both on the Dean’s List, are hard at work. Photo by Alexa Geidel

Soon-to-be juniors Cronkite journalism students Alex Gaspar and Mitch Quesada, both on the Dean’s List, are hard at work. Photo by Alexa Geidel

As the semester comes to a close, envelopes from the Dean’s office are hopefully being opened all around ASU.

By Alexa Geidel

“It’s a lot easier said than done; but that doesn’t mean it will be handed to you,” upcoming junior Mitch Quesada commented on getting onto the Dean’s List.

The Dean’s List, an exclusive scholarship recognition is, just as Quesada pointed out, not handed out on a silver platter. Students of Arizona State University must achieve a grade point average of at least 3.5 to be recognized.

While not delivered on a silver platter, the notification does arrive in the mail, complete with a letterhead straight from the Dean’s office.

Fellow upcoming junior Alex Gaspar holds a spot on the List much like Quesada. Both students acknowledged the lack of surprise associated with discovering your applicability.

When the semester grades come out – long before the letters are mailed – students are able to evaluate their grades to foreshadow the arrival of the letter, or lack thereof.

Quesada didn’t have to worry about making the List, he humbly declared he’d never not been on the list. “The List is an achievement that shows your commitment in the classroom – being on the List proves how much education means to you.”

While Quesada expresses his accomplishment with an air of self-abnegation, Gaspar doesn’t hesitate to giggle when asked how making the list makes her feel.

“ It makes you feel like you can do it all. I feel kinda like superwoman – like I don’t have any limitations, I know I can do anything I put my mind to,” she beamed.

She shared that she strives to get on the list as neither a personal nor academic goal, but more of an over-arching goal; something that she has to focus all her attention on.

Both were honor-roll students throughout high school and they emphasize the importance of understanding the expectations one sets for oneself and the reasons for attending school. With that in mind, it looks like they’re ready to once again receive the fateful letters next year.

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