Lorraine Dinnel

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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.

Lorraine Dinnel, M.S., Associate Director, UW Tacoma Academic Advising CenterHigher education is a life-changing experience and you made it here!

During my first year in college, I was asked, “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” This enquiry challenged me to explore life’s big questions and to engage in opportunities that allowed me to consider and discover meaning and purpose in life.

So, now that you’re here, take advantage of every opportunity in college—challenge yourself, embrace who you are, seek academic support resources early on, get involved on campus and build your support system. My own circuitous academic journey was supported by passionate faculty and staff, coursework, leadership, community service and involvement on campus.

You belong here – believe in yourself!

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one WILD and PRECIOUS life?
Mary Oliver

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September 15, 2016