USA Today recently featured a very interesting video project entitled “Take America to College,” that takes a look at today’s “non-traditional” students. I encourage all Peirce Connections readers to visit the series, “Degrees of Difficulty” under USA Today's Education news.
The week-long series of videos aired online at the end of May. The purpose of the project was, as described by USA Today, “to tell the story of five ‘non-traditional’ college students -- a single mom, a police officer, a musician, and two veterans -- in their own words and images.” This is how USA Today encapsulated the series:
Most college students no longer fit the traditional image: go to college straight from high school, live in a dorm, graduate four years later. Many students today juggle multiple priorities while earning a degree. Meet five ‘non-traditional’ students, struggling to balance jobs, budgets, parenting -- and being students too.Those words reminded me a lot of the people I see walking the halls at Peirce every day. And listening to their stories, I felt it was important to share this honest look at what student life is like for so many. I invite you all to leave your feedback here. Do you think this is an accurate portrayal of the “non-traditional” student? Who's story sounded most like your own? We invite you to share your own stories here in the comment section of this post.