For Deja Lynch-Howell, a senior who attended  North Canyon High School, learning to overcome difficulties with time management was one of the feats she was able to conquer during her four years of high school. While at North Canyon, Deja gained fundamental skills as a student in the International Baccalaureate program that prepared her for college through challenging coursework that has forced her to use every part of her mind.

“I am grateful to have received such a profound education. I believe that my International Baccalaureate, English, theater, math and history classes have helped prepare me for college because the courses challenged me to do more than just regurgitate information, but to actually dig a little to find the underlying meaning of a topic,” said Deja.

As a student in the International Baccalaureate programme, Daja learned time management skills and became more comfortable in public speaking.

“The responsibility aspect impacted me the most because I was given the workload I had to learn how to manage my time wisely and work on prioritizing. These valuable skills will help me prepare for college when it comes to competing assignments on time,” she said.

Outside of the classroom, Deja was involved in basketball, volleyball, chess club, the National Honor Society, Red Cross and the North Canyon High School Business Advisory. From these activities, she learned how to be a team player, made connections with local business owners, received invitations for internships and learned the importance of giving back to the community.

The advice Deja wants to share with incoming freshmen is to use your time wisely and not to overstress. “I would encourage students to approach their teachers for help if they need assistance with understanding the topic better. I learned not to be afraid to ask for help.”

Deja was accepted into the Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. She plans to major in business.