I'm a first generation college student and a non traditional student at the age of 26.
About a month before starting at UW Tacoma, my son Christian was born. The last three years of college have been life-changing and filled with challenges. Even though my family didn't themselves experience the reality and struggles that come with college life, I wouldn't have been able to do it without them.
When separated from my father as a youth, I developed behavior problems. I was often suspended and expelled from school. I experimented with drugs and alcohol and ultimately found myself in the correctional system several times by the time i was a young adult. I eventually ended up serving prison time for a crime I didn't commit. Going to school after overcoming all of that was a challenge.
If it wasn't for my mother's love and support, the financial aid I received, and the Husky Promise, I don't think it would be possible. As a Law & Policy major I want to help solve social issues, impact the community positively, and make the world a better place. I thank the University of Washington Tacoma for helping me achieve my goals and helping me believe that I can make a difference.
John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or firstname.lastname@example.org