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Online student returns from studying in Israel to earn degree in religious studies

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2021 graduates.

Before attending Arizona State University, Kaitlyn Dalton was enrolled in a small, private liberal arts college near her hometown of Richmond, Virginia. She didn’t intend to study religious studies, but after walking into a required introduction to religions course, she fell in love with the discipline. 

Young teens trade high school for university life at ASU

Students find their way to Arizona State University at many points in their lives — straight after high school, transferring from community college or mid-career.

One group of students is pursuing a degree at ASU in lieu of attending high school. The university has 45 students who are 16 or younger attending on campus or through ASU Online.

Here are some of their stories:

A second-generation Sun Devil

Valerie Tan, who is 15 and a student at the West campus, is the second in her family to attend ASU. Her mother, Daphnie Chong, also graduated from ASU.

Bridging the gap between online and on campus

Karen Amos waited excitedly next to her research poster during this year's School of Life Sciences’ BioSci Southwest Symposium. In the Memorial Union on Arizona State University's Tempe campus, guests gathered around her poster about embryonic stem cells and listened to her explain her project, asking questions about her findings and research techniques.

But Amos wasn’t on campus — she was in Tennessee.

Former ambassador teaches ASU course on US national security policy

Ambassador David Johnson’s career as a diplomat spans over three decades where he gained valuable experience in policy leadership, congressional relations, public affairs planning and crisis communications.

This semester, he is teaching a core course on “U.S. National Security Policy” for the inaugural cohort of international affairs and leadership Master of Arts students.

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