All posts by Sara Lipka

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Where Do Homeless Students Go Over Winter Break?

“I was probably 17 when I realized that there was a term: unaccompanied homeless youth.”

Jessie McCormickAquinas College

After bouncing around and spending some nights outside, Jessie McCormick, a senior studying community leadership and sociology, resolved that other homeless students and those who had aged out of foster care wouldn’t face the same challenge over Aquinas’s three-week winter break. She petitioned the college for “break housing,” which it has pledged to provide this year in a l…

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A Practical College Education, Debt-Free

“I know what to look for if for some reason a piece of machinery doesn’t start.”

Rachel Arsenault Vermont Technical College

Rachel Arsenault heard the debate over the value of college, and rather than study law or psychology, she has pored over course listings to fit in subjects like engine diagnostics and repair. Ms. Arsenault, who already finished an associate degree in dairy-farm management technology at Vermont Tech, is now pursuing an associate degree in agribusiness and a bachelor’s in d…

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Episode 50: Free Kisses for Good Luck at Brigham Young U.

Screen Shot 2013-03-21 at 1.11.14 PM“Possibly the stereotype of BYU is that we’re very uptight people where something like that wouldn’t happen.”

Kathleen Smith

Brigham Young University

In this episode, we hear from Kathleen Smith, a physics major at Brigham Young University who gave kisses on campus for St. Patrick’s Day as part of a video students hoped would go viral.

About this series: Say Something collects stories from college students about what they’re up to and why. Check for new episodes every three weeks. View more e…

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Episode 45: How to Get a Degree With Free and ‘Laundered’ Credit

“The first term I ever Googled for was ‘free college credit.’”

Richard Linder

Excelsior College

In this episode, we hear from Richard Linder, who, determined not to take on any student debt, cobbled together an associate degree for $3,000 with academic credit transferred to Excelsior College from an array of unexpected sources. See his transcript below.

About this series: Say Something collects stories from college students about what they’re up to and why. Check for new episodes every thre…

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Episode 22: An Aspiring Student Drowns Out Doubts by Singing Mariachi

“I never thought I would actually end up going to college.”

Stephanie Moreno

University of North Texas

In this episode, we hear from Stephanie Moreno, a first-generation student at the University of North Texas, about becoming a music major and member of the campus’s Mariachi Águilas after attending a summer camp there.

About this series: Say Something collects stories from college students about what they’re up to and why. Check for new episodes every three weeks. View more episodes.

Photo: Mi…

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Episode 16: A Coast Guard Vet Forms a ‘Band of Brothers’ at His University

Daniel Stuart Wilson“We sort of have this saying: ‘No one can do for us what we can do for each other.’”

Daniel Stuart Wilson

University of California at Santa Cruz

In this episode, we hear from Daniel Stuart Wilson about his transition from eight years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard to campus life at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

About this series: Say Something collects stories from college students about what they’re up to and why. Check for new episodes every three weeks. View more episodes.

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Episode 15: After 55 Years, and Social Change, an Integrationist Graduates

Burlyce Logan“This is what I’m back here for. I can feel it.”

Burlyce Logan

University of North Texas

 

 

In this episode, we hear from Burlyce Logan, 73, who enrolled with the first group of black students at the University of North Texas in 1956, left because of harassment, recently returned, and will graduate this month.

About this series: Say Something collects stories from college students about what they’re up to and why. Check for new episodes every three weeks. View more episodes.

Photo: Gary Payne,…

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Episode 10: A Social Entrepreneur Who Dines With Ex-Cons

Kyle McCollom“I’ve been living at … a halfway house for former offenders.”

Kyle McCollom

Vanderbilt University

In this episode, we hear from Kyle McCollom, a senior at Vanderbilt University who started a social enterprise, Triple Thread Apparel, which employs ex-convicts to screen print T-shirts for the campus. He tells us about sharing a house with those employees.

About this series: Say Something collects stories from college students about what they’re up to and why. Check for new episodes every three …

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Episode 9: Don’t Call This Scholarship Winner a Beauty Queen

Kathryn Clark

“I had to finish the contest with a broken toe.”

Kathryn Clark

Arizona Western College

In this episode, we hear from Kathryn Clark, a sophomore at Arizona Western College, about her role as Miss Yuma County 2011—and about how she fought through an injury to claim the crown.

About this series: Say Something collects stories from college students about what they’re up to and why. Check for new episodes every three weeks. View more episodes.

Photo: Melanie Negroni  Music: Theme by John Gravois

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Episode 7: From a Refugee Camp to the Ivy League

Teng Yang

“College wasn’t even a part of my vocabulary.”

Teng Yang

Brown University

In this episode, we hear from Teng Yang, a senior at Brown University, about his journey from a Hmong refugee camp in Thailand, to the United States (with 20 brothers and sisters), to college.

About this series: Say Something collects stories from college students about what they’re up to and why. Check for new episodes every three weeks. View more episodes.

Photo: Chia Chang  Music: Theme by John Gravois