#WeBelongInCollege Stories

from students with experience in 

Foster Care

Jacqueline's Story

Arlene's Story

Jacqueline never thought about going to college. She entered the foster care system when she was five years old. She didn't imagine that college was for her, in part, because didn’t know anyone else who had gone to college. In her story, she shares how she came to realize that she did belong in college and how she managed  to get there. 

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Emily knew she wanted to be a nurse since she was a little girl. But attaining that dream felt elusive as she struggled in the foster care system. She experienced homelessness and hunger. How could she become a nurse if she could not even take care of her most basic needs? In her story she explains how she came to realize that it was possible and that she most definitely belonged in college.

Arlene was a dedicated student and was engaged in all kinds of extracurricular activities, but her grades took a hit when things started to fall apart at home. And, eventually, she ended up in foster care. In her inspiring story, Arlene shares how she managed to become the first generation in her family to go to college.

Emily's Story