From Freedom U. to Syracuse U.: One Student's Story

From Freedom U. to Syracuse U.: One Student's Story 1

Jason Greene for the Chronicle

"Free college-level courses for undocumented students? That's the craziest thing I'd ever heard," recalls Keish Kim, 21, who has advanced from Freedom U. to Syracuse U.

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Jason Greene for the Chronicle

"Free college-level courses for undocumented students? That's the craziest thing I'd ever heard," recalls Keish Kim, 21, who has advanced from Freedom U. to Syracuse U.

Keish Kim was a new recruit to Georgia's growing movement of "undocumented youth" when she found Freedom University.

The previous year, as a senior in high school, she had been accepted to an elite private university, which she could not afford to attend. The abrupt end of her education hit her hard, and she fell into despair. Connecting with young organizers for immigrants' rights and discovering that they had encountered similar obstacles made her feel well again.

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