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S02 E09 – First But Never Alone


Half of today’s students are the first in their families to attend college. But at a time when college is more expensive than ever, how do these students succeed?

On this show, a first-generation student who works 30 hours a week to support her family while balancing classes shares her experience with us; and we sit down with Mary Henley, Director of Pathways to Academic Student Success at Central Michigan University, and one of the administrators who helped the student on her journey.

Join J.R. and Kelsey as they discuss First But Never Alone.


  • 47,000 Things
    An anonymous story from Facing College at Central Michigan University.
    Performed by Amanda Hummer.

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Original air date: May 30, 2020

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