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Soul of Higher Education

Enclosing the field with bounds sets it apart from the boundless of which it was, and is, a part and places it within care. The bounds of the field bind the mind to it.  A Timbered Choir:The Sabbath PoemsWendell Berry, IX (1) For years, I knew I had a calling but couldn’t quite find the words to articulate it, the phrasing forever on the tip of my tongue and then slipping away. In December of 2018, though, my co-founder Hudson sent me a video of Father Gregory Boyle speaking at Holy Cross and just said “skip ahead to the last…

The What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 2

It’s time for the next episode of The What a Thing Chronicles! Welcome to Chapter 2 – the Good Friday / Passover edition. Let’s start with some milestones: snaps and claps to Kaitlin A, Karen C, and Wendy D who all just hit the 50% mark in their Associate’s, Bethany S and John V who hit 75% of their Associate’s, and April R who finished her transfer coursework and is ready to start her bachelor’s! This is huge! Speaking of transfers: congratulations to Veronica, one of our first associate’s degree earners way back in summer 2016. She just got accepted…

The What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 1

This week, we celebrated our 30th degree earner! 🎉🎉 🎉 On Monday, Esther earned her Associate’s of General Studies with a concentration in Business from Southern New Hampshire University’s CfA program!  Esther, also our resident volleyball player, earned her Associate’s degree in 9 months – and she’s starting her Bachelor’s on April 1st. She promises us it’s not an April Fool’s joke. Her ambition is to make a difference in the lives of families and children in Travis County, “because all of our lives are intertwined.” She’s worked the office for us at both PelotonU locations, welcomes new students with a smile and helping hand,…

The What a Thing Chronicles: Prologue

Sarah here, kicking off the newly-minted What a Thing Chronicles with a “guilty pleasure” confession: I *love* Grey’s Anatomy reruns. They’re my favorite thing to watch when I can’t fall asleep or when I’m washing dishes to procrastinate a challenging grant proposal or when it’s just been a long day and I need a brain break.  In season 1, Meredith Grey has this line that’s stuck with me since I first watched the episode back in April 2005 when I was (oh goodness) only 20 years old. She’s talking about getting legal power of attorney for her mother, who has an…