John Diaz

Chapter 1

The Rewards of College

Graduate of Humboldt State College. Hispanic male role model at the top of his game in journalism and media. Chief of editorial at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Woody Roseland

Goals, Time, and Stress Management

First diagnosed with osteosarcoma – bone cancer – as a high school junior. Has had six recurrences in six years involving chemo, surgeries, and the loss of a leg. Has a thriving business as a motivational speaker, including speaking at TEDxMileHigh.

Chapter 2

Marlene Schwartz

Chapter 3

Emotional and Physical Wellness

Graduate of Haverford College, and holds PhD in clinical psychology from Yale. Focused on changing the “food environment” to improve how we eat, and changing food policy to fight discrimination of the obese. Director for the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University.

John Loblack

Worked for nine years in his native Dominica following high school graduation. Immigrated to the US and cleaned toilets for three years while earning his undergraduate degree. Has masters in human resource management and PhD in organizational leadership. Owns his own company and is a Dean at Strayer College.

Chapter 4

Personality and Learning Preferences

Chanda Hinton

Chapter 5

Critical, Creative, and Practical Thinking

Outstanding graduate from the University of Denver. Quadriplegic; executive director and founder of Chanda Plan Foundation which provides therapy to para- and quadriplegics.

Mary Haynes

Stanford graduate and role model for African-American women.  Former associate director of admissions and assistant dean of students at Stanford. Trainer and coach who currently works in the scholarship program at the Daniel Fund.

Chapter 7

Chapter 6

Chandra McQueen

Reading, Research, and Writing

Note Taking, Memory, and Studying

Ambitious student determined to become first in her family to finish college. Graduated from the University of Virginia with a double-major in American government and sociology. Runs her own public relations firm whose clients include President Obama’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiatives Fatherhood Buzz Tour.

Suzanne Malveaux

Graduate of Harvard and earned a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia. First black woman to anchor CNN Newsroom, and former White House correspondent for CNN. Currently the anchor of Newsroom International and the afternoon edition of CNN Newsroom.

Chapter 8

Test Taking

Georgina Arreola

Chapter 9

People, Resources, and Opportunities

Latina role model in the STEM fields. Immigrated from Mexico and earned undergraduate degree from San Diego State and a masters in public policy from Georgetown. Professor at Cal-San Diego and analyst at California Center for Sustainable Energy where she identifies trends in the adoption of renewable energy.

Dan Oltersdorf

First generation in his family to go to college.  While an undergrad at Colorado State University, started a web company to provide resources for resident assistants.  His company was bought by Campus Advantage, where he is currently a vice president at the age of 32.

Chapter 10

Plan for Career Success

Tererai Trent

Chapter 11

Mathematical and Financial Literacy

As a cattle herder in Zimbabwe, set four goals – to study abroad, earn a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a doctorate. Moved her family to the U.S. and endured hunger, her husband’s illness, and financial hardship on the way to achieving all four goals. Now works as a program evaluator for Heifer International.

Lauren Ward Larsen

Received her B.A. from the University of Arizona and her MBA from UCLA. Survivor of life-threatening preeclampsia that led her to her current role as President and Chief Ambassador of the Foundation for America’s Blood Centers. Author of illness-inspired memoir Zuzu’s Petals: A True Story of Second Chances.

Chapter 12

Thriving in a Diverse Global Community

Dr. Jeremy Raider Estrada

Chapter 1

The Rewards of College

Grew up in Los Angeles as a teenage gang member. After repeated arrests and stints in juvenile hall, he got on track with a program called Rite of Passage and subsequently attended community college, four-year college, and medical school. Now a cardiologist at the University of Chicago Medicine, he speaks out to save children and families from the culture of violence.

Sarah Martinez

Diagnosed with a rare and malignant tumor behind her left eye at the age of five. Endured surgery, chemo, and radiation and spent 100 days in the hospital. Fought cancer-related depression and severe social anxiety as a college student. Now planning to earn a master’s in social work so that she can help others like her.

Chapter 2

Values, Goals, and Time

Joyce Bishop

Chapter 3

Learning How You Learn

Throughout her college studies, struggled to make sense of lectures. While pursuing a master’s in public health, was diagnosed with a learning disability that leads her to process heard language on a fourth-grade level. Pressed on to receive a PhD and is a tenured professor in psychology, specializing in learning preferences and personality dimensions.

Joe Martin

Grew up in the housing projects of Miami in the midst of drug culture and violence.  Although no one in his family considered college, his determination earned him bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees. A professor and educational consultant in student success, he reaches students all over the globe with his website and speaking engagements.

Gary Montrose

Chapter 5

Chapter 4

Critical, Creative, and Practical Thinking

Reading and Information Literacy

Struggled to read throughout K-12 years. Determined to persist, he enrolled in community college and then 4-year college where he had to spend 90% of his free time studying in order to compensate for his slow reading speed. Was diagnosed with dyslexia during graduate school. Now runs his own health care management and strategic planning company.

Norton Ewart

Community college dropout turned ski bum. Went back to community college and transferred to 4-year school where he hit his stride and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. Hired by Hewlett-Packard out of college and is still there in an executive position today.

Chapter 6

Listening and Note Taking

Chapter 7

Cindy Estrada

Memory and Studying

Helped her single mom raise her three younger brothers and dreamed of being the first in the family to attend college. Became a mother herself at 17 and raised her son while working nights and commuting to college in the daytime. Her hard work earned her promotions at her company, which ultimately paid her to complete a master’s degree.

Jay Dobyns

Chapter 8

Test Taking

A Pac-10 all conference football player in college, his dream of professional football didn’t pan out.  Became an undercover officer for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. After nearly dying from a gunshot four days into his career, he became a legendary ATF agent, infiltrating the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang. Now a motivational speaker.

Gaile Edrozo

Chapter 9

Diversity and Communication

Medical school dreams went on hold when she immigrated with her family from the Philippines. Enrolled in community college in the U.S. to pursue nursing, and struggled financially. With help finding scholarships, persisted toward her degree and is now a registered nurse.

Kelly Addington & Becca Tieder

Good friends in college, a trauma brought them even closer. Kelly was date-raped after a friend slipped a drug into her drink. Wanting to improve the culture and help victims, they founded “Let’s Talk About IT” and “One Student,” organizations with a mission to combat sexual violence in college. Have shared their insights at over 300 college campuses.

Torian Richardson

Chapter 11

Chapter 10

Wellness and Stress Management

Managing Money

An inner-city success story. Grew up on the South Side of Chicago. Began college on an athletic scholarship but dropped out.  Returned first to community college and then graduated from Benedictine University. He is now a global business person, studying for his masters in Beijing after working for Pearson Education in Africa.

Stephen Oh

After immigrating from South Korea with his family at the age of 10, his mother was killed in a robbery attempt on his parents’ store. Was first in his family to graduate college. Choosing to enter the workforce over the expected law degree, he is now vice president of the Cleveland office of Chubb insurance, generating over $115 million in revenue annually for the company.

Chapter 12

Careers and More

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