Flint native’s pathway to success

The Pathways program is designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of first generation and Pell grant eligible students. We have an awesome team at CMU to do this important work. We are so proud of Sierra Logan as she graduates and tells her Pathways success story. This story originally appeared in Facing College: First-Generation […]

First – An Original Spoken Word

This story originally appeared in Facing College: First-Generation Stories, a publication of The Facing Project that was organized by Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Oxygen Mask

(JOSH, 20) I grew up in Detroit, a little bit outside of Redford. I have three siblings: an older brother, an older sister, and a twin sister. I come from a really strong Christian family and a household where my parents were together. Growing up, we believed that school gets you a job and a […]

Two Rods, Twenty Screws

(DENESHA, 22) I grew up in Saginaw with my mom and brother. She was a single parent and it was hard watching her raise us on her own. Her struggle made me want to work harder in school. My mom encouraged me through elementary, middle, and high school. Although she didn’t explicitly say she wanted […]

47,000 Things

(ANONYMOUS, 19) I feel like my mission on this Earth is to help others because I didn’t have that as a kid. I didn’t have a role model or anyone to help me. I hadn’t heard from my dad since I was three or four and we didn’t talk again until I was around seventeen. […]