Chris Burd, '18 Business Administration, made the most of a second chance at a career in the military.
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Transfer student A. Simone Graham will take her experience as middle-child mediator and her interest in people into a counseling career.
For sophomore Chase Powell, who plans to major in criminal justice, a course on the American legal system affirmed his career plans.
Senior Pranab Baidya, who is studying information technology, decided to become a resident advisor at Court 17 this year as a way of sharing with others his "amazing" campus experience.
Sayana Saithu, a graduate student in UW Tacoma's Institute of Technology, has won the first round of the Present Around the World contest. Next stop, Orlando.
Adriana Meraz-Gonzalez, '18 Urban Studies, will be able to pursue her dreams and give her mother the "life she deserves" thanks to the scholarships she received.
Karter Duff shares the story of his journey from high school drop-out to UW Tacoma degree to grad school acceptance.
Graduating senior Jacob Nau developed an idea for a literary journal on homelessness with his classmates in Abby Murray's editing and publishing class. Now the journal is online, in print and on the streets.
Tori Purnell, '18 Master of Social Work, is graduating with her daughter Olivia Purnell, '18 History, Daughter Lindsee graduates next spring.
First-generation students, who don't have a family history of higher education, are a group that make UW Tacoma a very special place. Read their stories as they tell, in their own words, about the challenges they overcame on their path to success.