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Posted Apr. 21, 2017
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I’m Only 17 and I’ve Got So Much More to Do

With a name like Quincy Jones, I am destined to be successful. It is a name that will never be forgotten and a name that…

By Quincy Jones

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Posted Apr. 19, 2017
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How Growing Up on the Hospital’s Fifth Floor Prepared Me for College

It was not easy growing up in a hospital. I was born around the time when my 13-year-old brother was referred to Children’s Hospital Los…

By Andrea Ramirez

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Posted Apr. 17, 2017
First Lady Michelle Obama joins members of the First Lady's staff for a group photo on the South Lawn of the White House, May 1, 2015. They are wearing their college apparel in support of National College Signing Day and the “Reach Higher” initiative. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Michelle Obama Isn’t in the White House But She’s Still on for #CollegeSigningDay

There’s nothing quite like walking around with former First Lady Michelle Obama when she’s meeting students for the first time. I’ve seen her stroll across…

By Eric Waldo

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Posted Apr. 17, 2017
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It’s Bigger Than Teaching, It’s Love: How KIPP Is Getting Students To and Through College

KIPP Through College addresses the seemingly small, often overlooked hardships that can derail low-income, first-generation college students.…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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We Need to Change the Way High Schools Are Preparing Students for College

Maureen Kelleher’s recent piece, Another Reminder That We Can’t Hold Schools Accountable Without Giving Them Support is exactly right, particularly when considering college preparation and…

By Elaine Allensworth

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Posted Jan. 10, 2017
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This Is How Far a Simple ‘I Believe in You’ Can Go

“I didn’t realize what I can do and that I can make a difference with my actions. Thank you for showing me that I can…

By Alma-Delia Renteria

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Posted Oct. 27, 2016
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Here’s 4 Reasons Why Saying ‘You’re Lucky’ to First-Generation College Students Is a Problem

Throughout high school and now in college, I have been told I am “lucky.” I can’t help but feel confused as to why I would be…

By Guillermo Camarillo

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Posted Sep. 6, 2016
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How Texting Can Change the Way First-Generation Students Experience College

When I was a doctoral student at Harvard University, I served as a residential advisor for 27 freshmen. What struck me was the vast diversity…

By Ben Castleman

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Posted June 29, 2016
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Here’s What I Learned as the Token Latino Student in College

Looking back at my experience as a first-generation college student, I admittedly had no clue what I was doing. I nodded my head and asked…

By Sergio Jara Arroyos

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Posted May 26, 2016
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From ‘Great Migration’ to ‘First Generation’

My grandparents traveled from Mississippi to Chicago during the Great Migration. My grandfather, Robert Thompson, was a hard worker who took a job at a…

By Tanikia Carpenter

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Posted Apr. 17, 2017
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It’s Bigger Than Teaching, It’s Love: How KIPP Is Getting Students To and Through College

KIPP Through College addresses the seemingly small, often overlooked hardships that can derail low-income, first-generation college students.…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
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A Candid Convo With a Chicago Principal Who Says Black Boys Learn Best When Success Looks Like Them

Christopher Goins is the founding principal of Butler College Prep, a four-year-old charter high school on the far South Side of Chicago with a student…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
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This Parent-Friendly Tool for Checking School Grades Could Go National

Do your kids go to a good school? “Good” depends on who you ask, of course, but if you’re interested in knowing how well a…

By Lane Wright

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