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May 21, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Videos from Storytellers: How I Got Into College

Applying to and paying for college is a challenge for many students, but the five students who participated in Tuesday’s Storytellers event faced a unique set of obstacles.

From serious illness to language barriers and generational poverty, each student overcame significant challenges to make it to a college campus. Along the way, the power of education encouraged them to see themselves in a new light and reach even higher.

The storytelling event was designed to inspire local students to pursue higher education and connect them with people who can help them navigate the application process. Between speakers, emcee Rose McAleese presented information about college access and polled the audience on their thoughts about the college experience.

Counselors and volunteers were available after the program to answer questions about applying, getting financial aid and more. The event was a joint effort from The Seattle Times/Education Lab and the Road Map Project, an education nonprofit serving south King County.

The evening began with the story of Riley Germanis, a 21-year-old senior at Western Washington University. Germanis always intended to pursue a college education, but his plans became uncertain after his parents lost their business during the recession.


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May 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Photos: Students take to the stage for storytelling event

Five local college students took to the stage at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute on Tuesday evening to share their inspiring stories about overcoming obstacles to pursue higher education.

Dozens of community members attended the program, which was organized by Education Lab and the Road Map Project and emceed by local poet and filmmaker Rose McAleese. Between storytellers, the audience took part in several text-based polls about the college experience and their personal aspirations.

College access experts were also available after the program to answer questions and offer guidance.

Photos from the evening are posted below. Come back to the Education Lab blog later today for videos of the speakers telling their stories. (UPDATE: Videos of each story are available here.)

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 Aflleje shares his story at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. Photos by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times.


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