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Published on Dec 13, 2013
Susan Henking, president of Shimer College, recounts her experience as a first generation college student. She explains what it means to be "dangerously optimistic" and how first generation college students are embedded in a tradition of big risks, big rewards, and big hearts.
About Shimer College: Located minutes from the Loop in Chicago, Shimer College is an independent, four-year liberal arts college that enrolls approximately 150 students. Founded in 1853 as the Mount Carroll Seminary, Shimer today provides a comprehensive, regularly-reviewed core curriculum that brings foundational books of the liberal arts to bear on the pressing problems of our time. Shimer College is committed to a primary-source, textbook-free curriculum, seminars of twelve or fewer students, and an ethos of community and service within a diverse group of students, teachers, scholars, and staff.