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Resilience

Ana Cristina Teixeira

My story begins in a small Brazilian town under the shadow of a past dictatorship. Growing up, I witnessed the…

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Oscar Nevarez

Harold Washington College student Oscar Nevarez loves to help people. His empathy for others has helped Oscar thrive at Harold…

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Elena Schalliol

Elena Schalliol has been a member of the mental health and substance recovery communities for years.

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Lyric Johnson

A car and a Harold Washington College education changed Lyric Johnson’s life in ways she never expected.

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Grace Sheahan

Olive-Harvey College student Grace Sheahan wants to be the first in her family to graduate high school, go to college,…

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Elaina N. Frieson

Elaina N. Frieson is very candid about what it’s like to balance being a parent and a student. The Kennedy-King College…

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Olivert Mbah

In 2016, Olivert Mbah’s life changed forever. That June, she moved to the U.S. from Cameroon. By August, she was…

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Fanya Burford-Berry

Fanya Burford-Berry’s entire City Colleges journey centers around paying it forward.

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Valori Laudarji

It hadn't occurred to me until I was a week or two away from graduating from Lane Technical High School…

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Jevon Covington

Jevon Covington doesn’t consider himself to be a “traditional” student—but now that he’s back in school, he wants to continue…

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