Booklet Regales College Tales
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Want to know how to succeed in college? Take a look at Tales of Academic Survival, an anthology of essays written by UH West Oahu students, faculty and staff on how to accomplish this very task. It’s published by UHWO and funded by UH’s Diversity and Equity Initiative Grant.
Tales features personal essays about each writer’s college experience, stories, real-life strategies and insights for successfully completing the journey to a bachelor’s degree. Writers are students Sofia Zarsadias, Andy Archibald, Melody Simpliciano, Akira M. LeBlanch, Gail Barta, Zayla Toldeo, Christen Schirmer and Aimee Ilac. Other essays are by Kelly Ching, UHWO academic adviser; Jonathan Schwartz, assistant professor; and Lori M. Ideta, vice chancellor for student affairs.
“At UH West Oahu, we have a large number of first-generation college students, some of whom are juggling several jobs and family responsibilities as they make their way through tests, papers and group projects,” explained Emily Nye, director of the UH West Oahu Writing and Learning Center and mastermind of the book. “I wanted to find a way to honor and encourage students new to the academic culture, to offer words of experience and inspiration.”
Tales of Academic Survival will be distributed to new UHWO students during freshman orientation at the start of the fall 2009 semester, as well as to prospective college students to inspire their pursuit of higher education.
View the complete anthology on line at www.uhwo.hawaii.edu/wlcenter.
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