"I learned more at GSA but I found more at GSP," Barrett said.
GSP was more of a social, collegiate atmosphere. She studied visual arts and international relations.
The classes were stimulating but there was a lot of time to spend with friends and hang out, Barrett said.
GSA was an art-intensive three weeks during the summer before her junior year, where she spent most of her time writing.
"We worked from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. doing art, writing," Barrett said.
She started writing poetry in the seventh grade. Often, she writes about feelings and the world around her. She doesn't have a formal or consistent style for her writing.
Her favorite piece to read is a poem called "And I Come From." Her favorite book is "The Bell Jar."
Barrett's introduction to the arts came from her mother, Kim Barrett, who encouraged her to think and feel freely without being ashamed of her work. Barrett also learned to be her own person.
Part of Barrett's character is having a passion for life. She says GSP and GSA spoiled her by allowing her to study things for which she has a desire.
One of Barrett's distinct passions is her value of relationships. A successful relationship with anyone, she said, is to have an open mind and balance between the people. Honesty, spirituality and sharing is also important.
She is strongly patriotic but strives for what she calls "unbaised patriotism." Although she believes in love of one's country, she doesn't always agree with the direction of her country but realizes freedom goes both ways.
Barrett's decisive nature is evident in her future goals as well as her current expectations.
She plans to attend the University of Louisville honors program to major in English, then to earn her masters.
"I want a degree that is flexible. I know I don't want to be in the same job for more than 10 years. That's why I picked English. It will let me do different things," Barrett said.
She bases her life on the phrase "Carpe Diem" or "Seize the Day." Her plans to seize the future include studying abroad for at least one year during college.
Before starting her college years, Barrett must first conquer this last year of high school.
She is involved in DECA and the Academic Team. Barrett is one of two four-year seniors on the volleyball team.
"April Kinkaid and I will be the first four-year seniors to graduate from the team and the banquet will be sad," said Barrett.