STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Athena Barrera

Athena Barrera

March 2020


Athena Barrera was born in California and lived in many states before attending and graduating from Henry Clay High School in Lexington, KY. She is involved in many activities outside of class, including: Pi Lambda Chi Latina sorority (founding member), Phi Kappa Phi honor society, and the Mcnair Scholars program, just to name a few.

Athena also volunteers at the Madison County Public Library with the Bilingual activities program and in the Lexington homework help program through the Village Branch.

Athena chose EKU after attending the Diversity Day initiative/multicultural center event for prospective students.  She originally wanted to major in biochemistry but decided to change to the new biomedical program when she came to campus for orientation.  She received several scholarships, including: the Rodney Gross Scholarship, the Regent’s scholarship, and the LaFuze award in Biological Sciences.

When asked “What have you learned the most while attending EKU?” Athena said, “How to organize my time! Bullet journaling is a great tool. Also, the family of friends you build here is crucial.”

She is expected to graduate in May 2020 with her B.S. in Biomedical Sciences/pre-medical concentration. She hopes to work for a year in the mental health field before applying to medical schools for fall 2021.

Published on March 03, 2020