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Destiny Saffell - Future Counselor

Destiny Saffell has a plan, but she's not afraid to change it.

The Dublin Scioto High School grad started toward college while still in high school, earning credits through the International Baccalaureate program. Saffell planned to attend a four-year private university in Philadelphia, but even with $50,000 in scholarships, the price was too steep.

So her plan changed: She's going to get her Associate of Arts / Associate of Science degree, which represents the first two years of a bachelor's degree, then transfer to Ohio State to finish up. She started last fall, and is taking classes through the summer to stay on track.

"I'm nonstop," Saffell says.

And from there, she has a definite plan: Get a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Child Development, then a master's degree. She plans to work in high school counseling, but eventually she wants to get a doctorate in Psychology and Business, then open her own business. Her dream business would counsel people with mental health issues, then hook them up with jobs.

After making the dean's list her first quarter, she got an invitation to Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society. She's working her way through college (and prepping for her future career) at recreation centers with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

And she's getting an assist from the Columbus community. She's received two scholarships from the Columbus State Foundation, which raises scholarship money from the Central Ohio community.

So far, she's not missing Philadelphia. She's appreciated the hands-on attention at Columbus State, from the advisor who helped her set a schedule to the professors in the classroom. She singled out Biology prof Emilie Renner as someone who made a difference.

"You can tell that she loves her job," Saffell says. "I didn't like Biology, but I got an A in that class because she went the extra mile."