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Making Dean's List

February 5, 2019 | by Jake Dubé

According to the Briar Cliff website, it states full-time students who have a semester grade point average of 3.5 or greater and part-time students who complete six or more credits in a semester with a grade point average of at least 3.5 are eligible for the Dean’s List.On January 14, 2019, Briar Cliff Dean, Todd Knealing, published the fall semester Dean’s List which consisted of 345 Briar Cliff students.

Making Dean’s List is a huge accomplishment and each student who does it has their own story of doing so. Whether it’s simply a student at Briar Cliff that is here primarily for academics, or a student who is also an athlete at the Cliff, each requires their own hardships.

Ashley Yepez, a junior transfer from Paramount, CA, is a soccer player at Briar Cliff. She completed her first two years of school at Rio Hondo Community College. Yepez was one of the students named to the Dean’s List after just one semester at the Cliff.

“I felt proud and accomplished,” stated Yepez after receiving the news. “I worked hard and had many late nights, but it was all worth it in the end,” added the Californian native.

With Yepez being a student-athlete, she embraces the challenge of juggling academics and athletics.

“It is hard to juggle athletics and academics but not impossible. It takes a lot of consistency and motivation,” said Yepez.

Yepez emphasized that organization is the key to everything and that having a schedule is best so you can see everything in front of you making sure to not forget anything. In addition, she touches on what it really means to her to excel in both the classroom and the soccer field.

“To me, it means that even though I am here for soccer, I still put academics first and I strive to be the best version of myself on and off the field to make my family and friends proud,” said Yepez.

On the other hand, senior Eduardo Valencia, from Quito, Ecuador, came to Briar Cliff strictly for academics and has truly taken advantage of his time in the classroom.

“Coming from another country, I am just grateful for the opportunity to be here and to pursue an education is a dream come true,” stated Valencia.

When asked what it means to be on the Dean’s List, Valencia was proud of his hard work being accredited.

“The fact that all the countless hours of studying and doing homework has paid off feels great,” said the Ecuadorian native. “I am obviously here for just academics so all the free time I get, goes towards school and making sure I’m excelling in every class,” added Valencia.

“To be a Dean’s List student is to be a student who values their opportunity of education and puts forth their best effort every chance they get,” said Valencia.

In addition, junior Brittany Evanger from Seattle, WA, transferred here from the University of Montana this last fall and was ecstatic on the recent news of academic achievement.

“I was really excited when I first found out that I was on the Dean’s List because I worked really hard in all of my classes this semester and fell in love with my degree major and Briar Cliff,” said the Washington native.

With Evanger being new to Briar Cliff, she used that to her advantage as she saw it as a fresh start in not only new scenery, but in her academics.

“School has not always been easy for me and seeing this status of achievement academically is really motivating to continue to work hard towards my degree,” stated Evanger.

When Junior Ashley Yepez isn't on the field, she's studying in the library on campus.

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