Get to Know Your Governor: Asa Hutchinson Answers 10 Questions About College
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson shares stories from his high school and college days — and how he made his dreams a reality!
What was your childhood like?
I was born and raised on a farm in Gravette, Arkansas. It’s a small town, and it really represents the best of Arkansas. My childhood had a strong sense of community, family and church.
What was school like for you?
I went to high school in Springdale, where I enjoyed studying history, playing football and playing the trumpet.
Were you a good student?
Yes, I was a good student. However, the best academic achievement I received was for making the most progress academically from my first to my third year in law school.
What was the standard in your hometown for going to college?
The opportunity to attend college was a privilege for most people in my hometown, and I didn’t take that privilege lightly.
How did you pay for your higher education?
I worked part time and I relied on student loans.
Why should students consider college?
Students should consider going to college or receiving some form of post-secondary education or technical training in order to have a focused field of study for their future careers. Furthering your education not only provides greater opportunities, but it is also an excellent way to understand more about the world in which we live.
Do you think every student should go to college?
No. Not every student should go to college, but every student should have a post-high school degree or certificate.
Most valuable thing from your college experience:
I learned a great deal about myself, particularly from my time in debate. I discovered how passionate I am to have every side of an issue represented. It was this discovery that led me to pursue the field of law, and eventually, politics.
Did any of the friendships you made in college benefit you later in life?
Yes, many college friends are still my friends today. One of the best things about going to college in Arkansas is the friendships you maintain.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
It varied. I decided to be a lawyer when I was a senior in college.
What advice do you most want to give students?
The path to success is never straight; it has twists, turns, disappointments and triumphs. The best leaders are those who experience setbacks and learn from their mistakes.
Fun Facts About Gov. Hutchinson
High School: Springdale High School
Favorite Subject: History
College: Bob Jones University, South Carolina
Favorite thing about college: Playing pingpong at the Baptist Student Union
Graduate school: University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville
First job ever: Shoe-shining on Main Street in Gravette
First “real world” job: An attorney for former county judge Jimm Hendren in Bentonville