Danica Sterud Miller

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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.

Danica Sterud Miller, Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & SciencesWhen I first started college I felt very isolated and alone. I definitely felt like I didn’t belong and so much of the world I encountered seemed to confirm that. I persisted, I think, initially out of a sense of inertia, and then, after getting more involved in my major, out of a love of literature and history.

The best advice I can give to students is to talk with your professors. We are really interested in our student community and we want to do everything we can to help you succeed. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate work, I was very lucky to receive support from my family and from my tribal community. I graduated from Western Washington University with a major in English, and minors in linguistics and classical studies.

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Written: 
September 14, 2016