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  • Fixing FAFSA: Are we the Fox, or the Cat? #FixFAFSA
    Education/Faces Of FAFSA

    People often speak of having “smell memories.” Me? I have weather memories. A bright, clear blue sky on an early fall day reminds me of 9/11, before the plane hit the Pentagon. A middle-of-the-night thunderstorm reminds me of the comparative quiet of nursing a child in a dark room, lit up occasionally by lightning. And ... [more]

  • Faces of FAFSA: Salma
    Education/Faces Of FAFSA

    Salma, 16 Virginia First-generation college student I am 16 years old and the middle child of a family of five. I have incredible parents who immigrated to the United States from Central America, and have always worked tremendously hard to provide a great life for me and my siblings. As a junior in high school ... [more]

  • Faces of FAFSA: Antoine
    Education/Faces Of FAFSA

    Antoine, 35 Colorado First-generation college student I was in high school the first time I tried to complete the FAFSA form. I was the first in my family to attend or graduate from college, and until I met Kristin Conklin all of my financial aid information came from my high school guidance counselor. Applying for ... [more]

  • Not too long ago, it was cherry blossom season in Washington D.C., and I had several family members visit me. My family is still based in the Midwest, and so in some ways, we live in different worlds- size of living spaces, modes of transportation, etc. But we all have one thing in common: when ... [more]

  • Framing the College Affordability Problem
    Education

    College affordability is an issue that weighs heavily on many people’s minds. And it should. There was a recent story about a public official who was concerned about college affordability. He said he could relate to students who struggle to pay for college because less than 10 years after leaving graduate school, he was still ... [more]

  • Shortly after being diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 6, I was sent to Clara Barton Camp for girls with diabetes (CBC). In my time at CBC I not only made countless friends, but there were also many learning opportunities. Two of my CBC friends, Caitlin and her younger sister Caroline, both had Celiac ... [more]

  • This is the fourth blog our team at HCM Strategists has submitted for #DBlogWeek.  The first three were written by two of my colleagues with type 1 diabetes.  They were deeply personal, incredible moving, and really good reads. (Check them out here: Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3). Now it’s upon me.   We decided ... [more]

  • Living this long with diabetes, you develop a personal relationship with the technology you depend on to keep you alive.  That is why I still have every insulin pump I’ve ever used.   Each one tells a story of where I was in my life with diabetes and I won’t let myself throw them out. Disetronic ... [more]