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April 2013 - MSE student Leah Herlihy could have been a model. At 17, ink barely dry on her high school diploma, she went to Paris, France, to take part in modeling tryouts. The very next day she was offered a one-way ticket to Milan to begin her modeling career.
It sounds like a dream come true, but Herlihy was torn. She had been accepted by the UA College of Engineering and orientation was just a week away. "I think you all know what decision I made," she said to the audience at a recent UA Engineering scholarship reception. "I made a promise to myself that day: You will graduate in four years with an engineering degree. You will change the world. And most importantly, you will pay mom and dad back for this trip." Full article here.