Taking one look at Johnny Heos it isn’t hard to infer that he’s not your basic Rockhurst student. His hair is a little too long, and his shirts are a little too groovy for Coach Mo. Yet Heos continuously reigns academically superior in the Rockhurst community. In addition to acing his classes, Heos works nearly full time and financially supports himself.
As a full-time carpenter with his father in addition to being a full-time student, it is safe to say that Heos has his plate full. “You would think that I’d be overwhelmed, but I’m not,” says Heos, “it’s always good to stay busy.” With his busy schedule, Heos enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and playing basketball with his “boys”.
“The most important thing about being busy is creating downtime and I’m a down to earth guy,” Heos said. He admits that he has unorthodox methods and that many people are surprised that he carries a 4.1 GPA. “I know I don’t present myself in the same way as some of the other good students but I’d still like to command the same respect.”
Heos’ tale raises an important question. Heos feels that student image matters more than actual performance. “I’m not in any clubs and my hair is long but I don’t think that I command the same respect as the ‘typical’ Rockhurst student,” says Heos. Status may be valued more than production at Rockhurst and maybe even in the real world as well. Either way the moral of Heos’ story is to not judge a book by its cover.