Rick

Categories: Student Story
student with backpacks
Rick’s journey to being a transfer student at Gonzaga University is an unlikely one, but then again, much about Rick’s life has been unlikely. After growing up in poverty and occasional homelessness, surrounded by addiction and abuse, Rick dropped out of high school. He spent years working entry-level jobs, surviving paycheck to paycheck in an …

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Brian

Categories: Student Story
smiling student and his son
Originally from Peru, Brian came to the United States seven years ago seeking a better life. And while it’s been a struggle to get where he is now, he feels like he’s finally on track to creating a brighter future for himself and his family. After spending years working low paying jobs in various restaurants, …

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Linda

Categories: Student Story
mom with her two daughters
After leaving a difficult marriage five days before the birth of her second child, Linda suddenly found herself a single mother needing to find a way to provide a safe, stable future for her family.  She knew that going back to school was the way “to build a life for my children,” and in considering …

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Jake

Categories: Student Story
smiling couple
Education hasn’t come easy for me. I come from an environment where going to college after high school isn’t even discussed as a possibility. Neither of my parents hold a college degree, and it was never part of their plans for me to get one either. My father was a self-starter who worked very hard …

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Aaron

Categories: Student Story
closeup of a student with glasses
Growing up in a low income neighborhood with a single mother, I succumbed to social pressures and began a life of drug abuse and crime. The life I was leading was not conducive to succeeding in high school, and I eventually dropped out. Several years later, I was living a life of complete demoralization and …

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