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Donny Hokenson

"I promised myself that I was going to college. I knew I was just going to have to work hard, get high marks, and do my personal best!"

Donny is a student on a mission. His love for science coupled with being a participant in the Mesa Community College ACE Program, as well as the ACSF program at ASU, has given Donny a new perspective.

“ACE made such a big difference in the way I think about my future,” Donny says. “Before ACE, I knew I wanted to go to college; but ACE opened doors and lit hallways.  During that period in my life when I was in high school and attending MCC, I made a promise to myself that I was going to college; and I was going to find the scholarships to finance it. I knew I was just going to have to work hard, get high marks, and do my personal best!”

Donny goes on to say, “Finding the ACSF program was great . . . because it was a seamless transition from the ACE program at MCC to ASU. Both programs offer mentors to advise you, and ACSF gives you peer-to-peer counseling, which is very helpful.  I look forward to being a peer counselor, as well.”

Donny plans on receiving his degree in biochemistry and continuing on his higher educational pathway to becoming a pharmacist, although he admits to loving computer science, as well. Wherever that “lit hallway” takes Donny, we are sure he will be met with well-deserved rewards.

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