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Keeping an eye on the prize

Katelyn Black, Lifestyle Editor

September 30, 2019

Going to college can be hard between living away from home and the nightly homework load. It’s a lot to get used to. But imagine going to college while having to balance a house and kids with full lives of their own at the same time - this is the reality for senior Kimberly Derr and other nontraditiona...

A non-traditional perspective

May 9, 2012

After profiling non-traditional students for an academic year, we have learned a few things and experienced a few surprises.  For example, the differences between traditional and non-traditional students are few. However, the way we approach the differences is fascinating. As non-traditional studen...

A non-traditional life: Kayla De Priest

February 29, 2012

“If riding in an airplane is flying, then riding in a boat is swimming. If you want to experience the element, then get out of the vehicle.” This is the email signature of Kayla De Priest, a 28-year-old non-traditional student who jumps out of planes for fun. De Priest, a full-time student at UW-Whitewa...

A non-traditional life: Kurtis Reilly

January 25, 2012

“If things were different in the past I wouldn’t be where I am today, and I like where I am today.” These are the words of Kurtis Reilly, a man who has served his country before making the decision to go back to school. Sgt. Reilly served in the Marine Corps from 2002-2009.  While in service,...

A walk in non-traditional shoes

November 9, 2011

I found it quite ironic that I received a small taste of what non-traditional life is really like just a few days before Non-traditional Student Recognition Week, which runs from Nov. 7 to Nov. 13. Let me tell you, it was much more difficult than I imagined. Last week, I was asked by my aunt and uncle to watc...

Kim Bauer-Hillison’s non-traditional life

November 2, 2011

Non-traditional student, Kimberly “Kim” Bauer-Hillison, is single and without children, but is still considered different from the 800 other non-traditional students at UW-Whitewater. At the age of 25, she isn’t exempt from the challenges her older demographic faces. She is working toward a...

Jim Hermanson’s non-traditional life

October 7, 2011

By Rochelle Day James “Jim” Hermanson was one of 1,200 workers laid off in 2009 at the General Motors Co. plant in Janesville, Wis., as an absentee replacement worker. It was a “devastating blow” Jim said, who had been employed by the company for 15 years. While working for GM, one of H...

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