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October 24, 2014 at 11:09 AM

How I Got Into College: Students will share stories Nov. 15

UW-Tacoma student Marcus Affleje shares his story at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. Photo by Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times.

UW-Tacoma student Marcus Affleje shares his story at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. Photo by Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times.

Are you a student dreaming of a degree but wondering how to get there? A parent wondering how to help your child get into college?

Education Lab is partnering with the University of Washington’s Dream Project to present Storytellers: How I Got Into College. The event is a revival of an inspiring Storytellers program we hosted last spring at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.

This time around, the event will take place Saturday, Nov. 15, in Mary Gates Hall auditorium on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Current students and recent grads will deliver powerful individual stories on the theme: “How I overcame an obstacle to get into college.”

Their stories will move you. All storytellers and college-access experts will be available after the show to answer your questions and provide advice for going to college.

Bring your whole family. We’ll provide a light dinner. Need child-care or translation services? Please let us know what your needs are by noting them in the registration form or by emailing cmoran@seattletimes.com on or before Nov. 6 .

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Storytelling begins at 6 p.m.

Admission is free, but you must register in advance. Click here to register online.

About our speakers:











David Alvarez, 25, is a junior at the University of Washington. After barely graduating from Seattle’s Center School in 2007, Alvarez was able to gain more academic confidence by taking study-skills classes and completing general education requirements at Seattle Central College. He earned his associate degree in 2012 and taught English in China before transferring to the UW this year.

Marcellina DesChamps, 32, is a senior at the University of Washington. DesChamps grew up in Spokane and spent much of her teenage years working full-time in a small factory. Lacking a traditional childhood education, DesChamps was in her 20s when she gathered enough courage to earn her GED. This June, she will earn a bachelor’s degree in law, societies and justice.

Daisy Morado-Sanchez, 19, is a sophomore at the University of Washington. Growing up in a small rural town as the youngest of five children, Morado and her family experienced financial instability, severe health issues and a number of other challenges. A first-generation college student, Morado is studying sociology and plans to go on to medical school after graduation.

Lucas Nydam, 20, is a business student at Whatcom Community College. A first-generation college student, Nydam had a tough time coming up with the money to attend college, and three years ago had a near-death experience in a bicycle collision. Today he serves as student body president and enjoys performing spoken-word poetry.

Teena Thach, 22, is a senior public relations major at Western Washington University, where she also works as the marketing and outreach coordinator at WWU’s ethnic student center. Thach, who grew up in Tacoma, is the daughter of immigrants from Vietnam and Cambodia. She credits her high-school teachers and mentors for inspiring her college dreams.

Mary Gates Hall, University of Washington
NE 45th St and 15th Ave. NE, Seattle

Go here for directions and parking info.

About our emcee:

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David Coven is a Cleveland High School graduate who is studying mechanical engineering and mathematics at the University of Washington. He serves as president and executive director of Scholarship Junkies and is founder and director of FeedMyCollegeFund, an organization that helps students find academic and financial support.


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