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Every spring, students like me toss graduation caps into the air, cross the University Commencement stage and accept their diplomas. Together we start what’s next, wherever it may lead, armed with the academics, experience and connections to make our dreams a reality.
A degree doesn’t change who you are. I should know — I have four degrees, including three from Roosevelt University. However, a college education does change the way one sees the world, as you will learn from my story.
Starting college is one of most exciting times in a student’s life, if a bit daunting. This is often the first time a young person has lived away from home, surrounded by an unfamiliar environment and new people.
When Roosevelt University undergraduate James Davis grew impatient with lack of promotion at his hotel job, his mentor — a Roosevelt alumnus and hotel manager — was there to talk the 21-year-old down from the ledge.
Zindaba Nyirenda — a 2010 Roosevelt University graduate and Zambian princess — has dedicated most of her career to the recognition of equality in Africa, and fighting for the rights of women and children in Zambia and around the world.