All posts by Beckie Supiano

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A Science Student Talks Her Way Onto the Model UN Team


“I was really interested in understanding how chemistry could fit into the puzzle of these societal interactions.”

Yemi MelkaAugsburg College

As a ninth grader in her native Ethiopia, Yemi Melka had to choose between studying science and social science. Now, on a college campus in Minnesota, she has found a way to combine her interests in chemistry and international relations, including through Model UN.

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A Student’s Slam Poem Goes Viral

That’s one thing I really love that poetry can do, is that it can bring these ideas together.”

Lily MyersWesleyan University

While home for winter break in 2012, Lily Myers channeled her frustrations about family dynamics involving gender, body image, and food into a poem, “Shrinking Women,” that she performed last spring at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. The poem, in which she says she starts many questions in class with “Sorry,” has been viewed more than three million times on…

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‘Coming Out’ as an Atheist at a Christian College

“Now that it’s out, it seems that our school can now really have that deeper conversation.”

Eric FrommNorthwest Christian University

Many students at Northwest Christian University, in Oregon, knew that their student-body president was an atheist. But when the news—and some misunderstandings—spread after Eric Fromm explained his beliefs to a classroom of freshmen, he decided to “come out” in the student newspaper.

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An Academic Schedule for Working Professionals—in the Boston Ballet

“It’s a slow process for us because we are working full time, rehearsing all day, performing at night.”

Shelby ElsbreeNortheastern University

In some careers, retirement comes early. Shelby Elsbree, a 22-year-old dancer, tells us how a partnership between Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies and the Boston Ballet is preparing her for life after dance.

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Students Propose Tuition Increase for Faculty Raises

kutz2“Since students pay so much for their education here, we decided that we could not tolerate a decrease in the quality.”

Michael Kutz

University of Washington

Whether a college is a good value depends not only on what students pay, but also on what they get for their money. That’s why a student group at the University of Washington led by Michael Kutz has proposed increasing tuition to support faculty raises—unless the state comes through with more financial support.

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Episode 46: A ‘Rebellious’ Student Takes a Job-Training Route to College

“I really just wanted to continue school.”

Byron Villagran

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

In this episode, we hear from Byron Villagran, 22, who attends Los Angeles Trade Technical College, about getting expelled from high school, discovering an interest in the environment, and deciding to continue his education.

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Episode 43: A Psychology Major Fights the Stigma of Mental Illness in Kuwait

“The major repercussion of hiding their illness is that they end up not getting treatment.”

Alaa Alhomaizi

Northeastern University

In this episode, we hear from Alaa Alhomaizi (right), a senior at Northeastern University. With her twin sister, Dalal, Ms. Alhomaizi started a project called Standing for Psy­cho­log­ical Edu­ca­tion and Aware­ness in Kuwait, or SPEAK, to combat misunderstandings about mental illness in their home country.

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Episode 38: Coming Out at a Christian College

Ally Vertigan“If someone’s going to take a stance on LGBT issues, this is the part where you do it.”

Ally Vertigan

Elmhurst College

In this episode, we hear from Ally Vertigan, a recent graduate of Elmhurst College. She tells us what it was like coming out to her parents—and to people at her college, which is affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

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Episode 33: A Student ‘Poster Child’

“I’m a girl. I’m very picky when it comes to what pictures I like.”

Bethany Humenik

Neumann University

In this episode, we hear from Bethany Humenik, who tells us about representing Neumann University in its advertising campaign.

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Photo: Neumann University  Music: Theme by John Gravois

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Episode 27: A Student Embraces Interfaith Work

Cary Dabney“For the first time, I realized that a Muslim family is just like my family.”

Cary Dabney

Youngstown State University

In this episode we hear from Cary Dabney, a junior at Youngstown State University who leads its Interfaith Youth Core. He tells us about the life-changing experience that piqued his interest in working with people of other religions.

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