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  1. Sep 2019
    1. English professor I understand what he was trying to say).

      My emotions are over the place reading this. It is so impressive how a person who struggled immensely with this subject and language could profess in this. It is what you struggle with that encourages you more.

    2. I called my mom at work and in tears told her that I had to come home, that I’d made a terrible mistake.

      I can relate to this statement. I feel like the first time everyone starts college they are completely overwhelmed. I for example moved eight hours away from my house and I find myself being homesick at times. Missing my parents and friends. However, the writer not having the support he didn't know he needed at the time added a bigger burden.

    1. “low income” or “underprivileged” or as a proxy for affirmative action, the label comes with assumptions: that the student’s parents have little or no experience navigating the academic, financial and cultural barriers to higher education,

      I completely agree with this. When people find out you are part of "low-income" they automatically make assumptions. For example, I have had people tell me or ask me why my parents never went to college. It is not that they didn't want to because my parents are both really smart, but because they couldn't. However, just because the children are low income, that doesn't mean they always will be. Getting an education, especially as a first generation student, you are encouraged more by the adversity.

    2. hich says that, for federal programs, only the education level of parents who regularly live with a student should be counted.

      i agree with this statement because the father was never there. If he was not in this students life then the student didn't benefit from the father and what the degree gave him. I think that the student should be identified as first generation because his mother did not get a higher education.

    1. shows that many colleges indeed fail to serve their students well. Dropout rates are high, saddling students with debt but no degree. For-profit colleges perform the worst, and a significant number of public colleges also struggle. Even at the strong performers, too many students fall by the wayside. Improving higher education should be a national priority.

      I do believe that the reasons students drop out are because they feel as if they do not get the attention needed or the college does not serve them as they wish it did. My cousin for example, dropped out of community college because she did not have teachers who helped her learn the way she wanted. She said they would not focus on their students nor did they interact with them. Even though college is much different than high school I think it is still necessary for teachers to know a bit about their students. This is a very interesting topic because it is also very important that there government needs to focus heavily on education.

    2. They remain deeply impressive institutions that continue to push many Americans into the middle class and beyond — many more, in fact, than elite colleges that receive far more attention.

      I strongly agree with this quote because I do believe that attending universities is to help educate and raise a future economic level. Most families that are low income is because the parents do not have a job that pays above minimum wage. This is mostly due to the fact that they do not have an education further than a high school diploma, if that. I can strongly agree with that connection.

    1. You can like something, but be good at it or not good at it ... VARK tells you about how you like to communicate. It tells you nothing about the quality of that communication.”

      This is a very good point. For example you can like when what you are learning includes images but you do not always learn better when they're included. It can in some points maybe distract you the fact that images are included or you may think there's no connection to what you're reading about. Then it can create confusion or frustration.

    2. The thing is, they’re not. Or at least, a lot of evidence suggests that people aren’t really one certain kind of learner or another.

      I liked this point because I believe this is true. People can be good at multiple parts when learning. I used to think that I was more of a visual learner because I would pay attention more or it would grasp my attention. I realized I also paid more attention when the teacher would talk louder and make the students interact more. In my personal opinion I think the author added this as a main point to show that we are not only allowed to learn in a specific way,