Lucas started college at Kent State Stark but soon ran into rough waters when he had to find a new place to live. He left school for a year and set aside his studies as an education major. "I’ve been thinking about my goal and called my advisor to say that I wanted to start again," he explained. "I filled out paperwork including an essay, and my advisor told me that she thought I was ready. I am grateful for the support and financial help from Kent. I still have loans, but I am back on track and taking it one semester at a time."
Ashley’s academic path began with challenges. "I went to college because I was supposed to, but I didn’t think I was good enough," she explained. "I didn’t understand my studies, and I gave up." Ashley began working and had a child. She re-enrolled as a full time student and started over while beginning a new job and caring for her daughter – a difficult pathway.