Even when her friends use the expression, Kelly reminds them "No, you are not starving." There are people in the world who really face starvation, struggling to find food every hour of every day. "Hunger is everywhere" as she puts it. This cruel condition is one no one should go through.
Some of the nation's poorest people work at higher educational institutions, and many of them are members of the faculty. Oh, yes, there are still faculty members who receive comfortable middle class salaries. But most faculty do not.
Let's just call them the diamonds in the rough of higher education. And Illinois is home to some solid schools. We picked out the top 10 based on U.S. News and World Report's list of the top liberal arts colleges across the country.
Despite all of the hustle and bustle, parents need to find a few moments to sit down and have a conversation with their near-adult children to make sure everything is going well. Here are a few topics you might want to cover.
There once was a time when students attended a particular university to study under a particular scholar. This hearkens back to a long ago time when teachers were itinerant with their students in tow. Those times are no more.
The battle for equal opportunity in sports is far from won. In fact, the situation is getting worse, not better. Consider this sobering statistic: Since 2004, the gap in the number of sports participation opportunities between males and females has expanded, not decreased.
Let's agree to deepen the social contract that governs the teachable moments beyond the classroom. But, for goodness sake, let's not break the bank when available resources are better placed with faculty and students.
When we talked to alumni of color, some told us that they are often not asked in a manner that is respectful of their cultural background. Others mentioned having had negative experiences on campus that have remained unaddressed.
For me, a transgender writer and thinker, this represents the core gain of a distinctly trans field of study: its ability to center trans people as active agents in defining their worldviews, rather than as the objects of others' research or criticism.
Students all across the country are electing to take their first two years of college education at community colleges and transfer the credits to an upper-level institution, saving tens-of-thousands of dollars.
At stake is our collective ability to maintain college affordability and to maximize the transformative effect that America's public colleges and universities have on individuals' lives and on the very economic and social fabric of our communities, states, and nation.
Even experienced parents who have been through the college process before are trying to figure out the sequester's effects on financial aid, but for those parents who are sending their first child to college, the process can be overwhelming.