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Students Arrive for Life Launch 2023 at Hendrix

Hendrix College welcomes 52 students from across the country for its second Life Launch program

Dr. Karen K. Petersen, president of Hendrix College, welcomes Life Launch participants to campus. / Photo by Ryan Cassell

CONWAY, Arkansas (June 12, 2023)- Fifty-two students from nine different states moved in Sunday to newly renovated Veasey Hall for the second year of Hendrix College’s Life Launch program, designed for rising high school juniors and seniors. The students will spend a week participating in “MasterClasses” taught by Hendrix professors, learning about the college experience, and enjoying games and activities.

Lesli Barroso, a senior at Har-Ber High School in Springdale, Arkansas, participated in the inaugural Life Launch session last summer. She called Life Launch “one of the best opportunities I could have had. I learned who I really am and met lots of people, including professors who were caring and really friendly.”

“Life Launch is designed for students who are interested in exploring college life and career pathways, to grow together with a community of peers, and have some fun along the way,” said Leigh Lassiter-Counts, director of Career Services at Hendrix and co-director of Life Launch.

Several College professors will be taking part in the week, teaching the classes as well as advising the students about questions they may have about college, their career choice or life in general. In addition to faculty, Life Launch features a number of guest speakers, including filmmaker Justin Warren (Hendrix Class of 2009) and Paralympic Medalist Julia Gaffney. Past speakers have included Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell and Amanda Brooks of ESPN, both Hendrix alumni.

“Life Launch continues Hendrix’s long and successful history of hosting summer enrichment programs for talented high school students,” said Hendrix President Dr. Karen K. Petersen, as she welcomed students and families. “This week, we want to empower you as you begin to make those exciting educational and career choices.”

For more information about Life Launch, click here.

For more information about Hendrix Career Services, click here.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit