“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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“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…
“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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“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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“Since students pay so much for their education here, we decided that we could not tolerate a decrease in the quality.”
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.
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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“The major repercussion of hiding their illness is that they end up not getting treatment.”
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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“If someone’s going to take a stance on LGBT issues, this is the part where you do it.”
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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“For the first time, I realized that a Muslim family is just like my family.”
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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