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At just 19 years of age, and her junior year just beginning at the University of Louisville, Heidi Arbuckle’s achievements are already impressive.
[Heidi] does an incredible job balancing her schedule to meet her work and school requirements. She goes above and beyond what is expected of her.
Heidi Arbuckle started the Metropolitan College program in fall 2014. At just 19 years of age, and her junior year just beginning at the University of Louisville, Arbuckle’s achievements are already impressive. Arbuckle works third shift at UPS as a frontline supervisor to access tuition free post-secondary education benefits through the Metropolitan College program. She currently majors in English at the University of Louisville where she is a Trustee’s Scholarship recipient and a University Louisville Honors Program participant. Most recently, Arbuckle completed the spring 2015 semester with an overall cumulative GPA of 3.8 while working nights at UPS.
She feels her greatest accomplishment in life so far has been becoming a supervisor at a Fortune 500 company. Arbuckle has maintained A’s and B’s in her college classes while balancing the responsibility and increased work hours that goes along with being a supervisor. Arbuckle commented, “A lot of people try to deny my claim to credibility as a supervisor because of my age. I had to work harder to gain credibility and respect and prove that my age was just a number as far as my job was concerned.”
It is Arbuckle’s strong academic achievement, ability to effectively balance work and life responsibilities, and her commitment to her career field that she received the Spring 2015 Outstanding UofL MC Student Award.
Arbuckle’s full-time UPS supervisor had this to say:
Heidi Arbuckle is very deserving. She does an incredible job balancing her schedule to meet her work and school requirements. She goes above and beyond what is expected of her. She helps her peers if they have a question and is always looking for additional responsibility. It is no surprise to me that she [was] nominated for this award as she is a very self-driven individual. She is a stand out in my operation and has an incredible attitude.
Arbuckle expects to graduate with her Bachelor of Arts in English in May 2017. Her long term career goals are to become a full-time supervisor at UPS and work her way up in management and to become a publisher or head editor for a renowned publication. She has already gained valuable work experience at Spectrum Publishing where she served as head editor, lead writer, and assisted in producing poetry events.
Arbuckle has advice to give to current and future Metropolitan College participants. She says, “Don't overload yourself. If you can't balance school, work, and a personal life when going to school full-time, then cut back on your credit hours. Yeah you might not graduate in four years but you'll have your sanity and your school will still be paid for.” Arbuckle stressed the importance of Metropolitan College students taking summer classes, which are covered by MC benefits, to avoid being overloaded with credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. In fact, Arbuckle is currently taking a summer course and makes it a point to schedule her classes, when possible, in the afternoon to ensure she gets proper rest and has ample time to complete homework assignments. “My personal life is pretty much set aside until the weekend,” said Arbuckle.
Arbuckle feels very confident about her future career goals and credits the Metropolitan College program for requiring all students to complete the Career and Academic Planning Program (CAPP), which helps to prepare students for rewarding career opportunities. In addition, she acknowledged UPS’s role in helping her to prepare for her career field and stated, “UPS has taught me how to manage and coach employees, make business connections and maintain relationships, and handle stressful and demanding situations.”
Metropolitan College congratulates Heidi Arbuckle on her outstanding achievements. We wish you well in your educational and personal endeavors.
Metropolitan College is looking for current and former Metropolitan College participants to spotlight! If you know of someone, please contact Renecia Griffie Davis, Student Development Counselor at email@example.com or 502-852-2534.
“This journey has not been easy … but hard work and perseverance pay off,” says Smith who has already earned nearly $30,000 in tuition benefits, book reimbursements and academic bonuses.
"Thanks to UPS, I can go to school and graduate debt free!"