The Eastern Wyoming College Adult Education (AE) office would like to share former student Hongxia Boulden’s success story. She first enrolled in the AE Program at EWC in September 2011 and exited the program in June 2013 as an Advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) student. While taking ESL classes, Hongxia enrolled at Eastern Wyoming College as a full-time student.
When she decided to pursue postsecondary education, she was a little bit worried that her English language abilities would prevent her from being placed into mainstream college level classes. So she spent many hours with her ESL instructor, Gabriela Banville, also preparing for the COMPASS placement test as well as improving her English language communication abilities. She took her COMPASS test and earned a near perfect score in writing. She finished her first year at EWC with a very high GPA.
After moving to Cheyenne in June 2013, she continued her college studies at Laramie County Community College.
In 2013, while being an ESL student in the Adult Education Program at Eastern Wyoming College, she was inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society, and received the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association Outstanding Student Award.
Hongxia is a very hard-working person, and she has gone where very few ESL students have dared to go; after successfully completing the very rigorous process which involves the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) exam as well as meeting the Guard’s physical and medical requirements, she joined the National Guard in March 2013 first activating in the Army and later, in 2014, moving to the Air Force military branch. It is to be mentioned that she spent a lot of hours with her ESL instructor at EWC preparing for the language part of the ASVAB exam and never gave up regardless of how frustrated she sometimes was during the studying process.
Hongxia, now an American citizen, is currently pursuing her International Studies degree at the University of Wyoming while working in the Air Force. Her journey has been challenging but her extraordinary abilities, hard work, ambition, and motivation has created a strong, perseverant and very successful student and person.
During her college years so far Hongxia applied and received different scholarships such as Charlie Moore, Fontaine Yeoman Memorial and Laramie County DUI Victim Impact Panel Scholarship. She also just applied for three internships at CIA, Chinese Embassy, and CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies) in Washington, D.C.
On December 11, 2015, Hongxia was selected for an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Chengdu, China for the summer of 2016 as a part of the 2016 Department of State Internship Program.
“All the staff members of the Adult Education Center at EWC are very proud of our former student and happy to share Hongxia’ s success story with everybody at the local, state, and national level,” shared Diane McQueen, Adult Education Director. “Congratulations to her and we wish her good luck with everything she has planned for her future!”