Ayana: Making dad proud

Ayana: Making dad proud

Ayana is a senior in college who seeks to bring awareness to environmental injustice. Ayana had to overcome the loss of her father as a child and now helps support the care of her younger brother. In addition, she faces systemic barriers as one of only a few women of...

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Elizabeth: Healing through Journalism

Elizabeth: Healing through Journalism

Elizabeth grew up on an orchard in a rural town near Wenatchee; her family worked in agriculture. Determined, she was excited to pursue a degree in journalism when her mother became ill and then sadly passed away while Elizabeth was in college. Devastated, Elizabeth...

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Rasha: The definition of “resilience”

Rasha: The definition of “resilience”

If you looked up the definition of “resilience” in the dictionary, there’s a good chance it might say, “Rasha.”  An Iraqi immigrant, Rasha came to America as a young teenager, with little knowledge of English and little motivation for school.  Today,...

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Maria: Nourishing herself in a new way

Maria: Nourishing herself in a new way

When Maria developed a mysterious pain in her back, legs, and feet, she was alarmed. As a mother of three, she had endless responsibilities. She needed to know what was wrong—and fast. After multiple doctor visits—and even a surgery—she finally got her answer: stress....

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Natasha: Going all in

Natasha: Going all in

Growing up, Natasha’s grandmother was a medical assistant in Seattle’s Central District. “She was someone that everyone in the neighborhood could count on,” she says. “They came to her with everything—scrapes, cuts, ear infections—and she always knew what to...

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Jen: A changed life starts with a changed mindset

Jen: A changed life starts with a changed mindset

Life as a freshman at Washington State University was a culture shock to Jen, who had lived what she describes as a somewhat sheltered life until then. The college felt huge and the culture was nothing like what she was used to at her small religious high school. It...

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Stephanie: One exam away from her nursing career

Stephanie: One exam away from her nursing career

Three weeks after Stephanie enrolled in the RN program at Highline College, she found out she was pregnant with her third child.  She had registered for the two-year program because although she and her husband had been married for 12 years, she was feeling...

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Michelle: This is my time

Michelle: This is my time

As the daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Michelle was raised in a family where higher education was never encouraged. Her own mom hadn’t gone to college, and her dad had been put into a labor camp when he was 18 years old. “Growing up at home was all about...

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Kahmina: Following a lifelong dream of becoming a scientist

Kahmina: Following a lifelong dream of becoming a scientist

Kahmina was working the graveyard shift as a 911 operator for the Washington State patrol while raising her son as a single mother. Her job was stressful, as she was constantly surrounded by tragedy and death and trauma. She missed reading her son bedtime stories. Her...

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