Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

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Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX) online yearbook collection, 1983 Edition, Page 385
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dams Achievement Award Lucy Herrera: After seven years of marriage and two children, and with only 12 hours of college credit, Lucy Herrera decided to return to school for the degree she had long anticipated. - Lucy attended a junior college in Snyder, 35 miles from her home in Roscoe, for two years before coming to ACU. She commuted 100 miles each day her final two years. Lucy's decision to return to school brought with it several obstacles. She said she believed the biggest obstacle that she had to overcome was the burden of commuting. "A lot of times I wanted to quit, but my husband was right there behind me. Ifl had not had my family's help, it would have been very difficult to get through." Another obstacle that Lucy, a public relations major, was forced to deal with was the difficulty of balancing respon- sibilities to her family and maintaining her school work. She said many nights she was up until 3 a.m. doing homework after she spent the evenings taking care of her family. "It's been very rough," said Lucy, "but I just keep looking ahead and thinking, 'Well, I dont have that much more to go and with theisupport I have I'll make it.' " Lucy said she didn't have to make any adjustments as far as the homework and the studying were concerned. "It just came back to me. I always enjoyed school." While at Western Texasjunior College, Lucy said she had trouble relating to the younger students. But when she transferred to ACU, Lucy said the students "forgot the age difference and brought me in as one ofthe group." Lucy said she believed that much of their acceptance and friendliness was a result of the Christian perspective and the Christian spirit of the young people. joe Booth: Three years after a tragic fall from the ceiling of Moody Coliseum,joe Booth graduated from ACU with a degree in computer science. joe had been attending college eight years when the acci- dent occurred and already had received a degree in music education. After sitting out of school a year, he returned with renewed vigor and determination. "Overcoming the notoriety" was one of the biggest ad- justments joe said he had to make. "I am basically a very withdrawn person. I like to work and I like to be in the background. "It's a little strange," he said, "to walk all over campus - and even Abilene - and have people who know you simply because you fell." joe said another obstacle he faced was the physical mobility limitations he had after the fall. "I was really active, and it has been an uphill battle. I hurt a lot of the time," he said. "Not really major pains, just little nagging stuff .... " joe was involved in several technical areas on campus. He worked with the band-loading crew and did technical work around campus for many years. He also worked as house manager for Cullen Auditorium the first two years after the facility opened. He also has been the technical director for Sing Song for many years. joe said being involved made him feel like he was a part of life instead of being a spectator. The successes gained from being involved,joe said, were a real boost to his self image. "Being involved has built up C my confidence and taught me that no matter what the cir- Ecumstances, if you really want something and work hard fjenough for it, you can get it." ui Adams Achievement Award f 581

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