September 26, 2018
Meet Hannah Weaver
It should go without saying that not all of the students who attend Arkansas State University-Beebe are the same. In fact, ASUB’s friendly campus is home to students from all walks of life. The university’s policy of providing students with an affordable, quality education appeals to those ranging from high school graduates to non-traditional degree-seekers.
This is especially true for sophomore Hannah Weaver, who was born in Idaho and has traveled all her life. Her father, a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force, joined the military when she was one year old. As a result, Hannah has lived in many places, including Oregon, Utah, Montana, Hawaii, Ohio, Japan and Arkansas. With a life as busy as hers, it was important to Hannah that she could get her education without the added stress of attending a larger university.
“Going to ASUB, you’re not paying an arm and a leg for college,” said Hannah. “Instead of jumping out of a plane you can coast along with a parachute…It gives you a basis for college life, a taste of how a college schedule works, and is less intimidating than immediately jumping into a four-year university.”
Hannah’s major field of study is health science. “I’ve always been interested in the medical field. When I was a student at Beebe High School, I joined the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) organization, and that got me interested. Plus it’s reliable…there’s never a shortage of medical related jobs,” Hannah explained.
Hannah hopes to be a nurse or nurse practitioner. She has considered being a traveling nurse and doing mission trips, but she may also want to do pediatrics in a hospital setting because of her love of children.
Hannah’s favorite courses at ASU-Beebe are biology and microbiology, taught by instructors Dr. Jake Marquess and Lisa Bryant. “These classes are structured and well organized, the instructors always answer questions thoroughly, and the labs are fun,” said Hannah.
“I had a great experience my first semester because we had a study group. Study sessions saved my life! They would last for several hours, but if you can teach someone else, you understand the material.”
In addition, Hannah was elected by fellow students to serve as treasurer of the Student Government Association. Her main duties involve budgeting and other financial considerations. She and other student representatives attend Quality Improvement Fund meetings to decide how to best use funding to benefit students. This gave her a ‘behind the scenes’ perspective of the college financial procedures and policies.
Last spring, Hannah and other student representatives participated in the chancellor candidate luncheons and evaluations of each candidate. Hannah appreciated the opportunity to learn about the lives and qualifications of each candidate, and being involved in the selection process.
Hannah is also involved in the ASUB Honors Program, which provides her with numerous volunteer opportunities. One of the larger volunteer events is the Sunshine Rodeo held each fall. The event provides social interaction for children with special needs through participation in "rodeo themed outdoor events." Hannah is also active with Chi Alpha and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society.
When not in class, Hannah works at Chick-fil-A, but wants to work at a nursing home at some point before graduation. She also practices jiu-jitsu, MMA, and Krav Maga (a form of Israeli street-fighting) at the local martial arts center. Hannah also likes to draw in her free time and is active in her church.
Hannah uses her faith as a guide, choosing a Bible verse as her personal motto: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. “This verse reminds me that I’m doing this all for something in the future. It’s not worthless. God has something planned for me,” said Hannah.
Hannah plans to finish two years at ASU-Beebe and then transfer to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her goal is to get through college with as little debt as possible, then become a nurse practitioner and raise a family.
As a self-described introvert and the child of a military family, Hannah insists that it is important to jump in and be involved. Hannah’s advice for future students: “Don’t be afraid to get involved. Make a friend in at least one of your classes and get settled. The more you get involved and the more people you meet, the more of an impact you can make…..Also, drink coffee!”