Blue and Gold - Fall 2021 | Winter 2022 Volume 2 - Issue 2 - Page 58

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“ Though I did manage to graduate with my B . A ., the experimentation is what eventually led to me reaching rock bottom and losing everything I had .
“ I am eternally grateful that I was able to face my fears and not only pull myself out of actively misusing drugs , but also to face my fear of going to college .
“ Today , I can use my dark past as a way to help others realize they are not alone in their struggles .”
“ I am eternally grateful that I was able to face my fears and not only pull myself out of actively misusing drugs , but also to face my fear of going to college .”
- Burton Pizzino
“ My mother worked hard and raised three children as a single parent . Unfortunately , she never had the opportunity to pursue a college degree .”
- Katelyn Foster
“ I work full-time at the hospital and attend Bluefield State College full-time online as a pre-nursing student .
“ I was raised by a strong , independent woman and that is what I strive to become .”
These are just a few of the students , faculty and administrators at Bluefield State who are the first in their families to have taken life-changing steps into and through college .
Burton works for the college as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist .
“ As a first-generation student , statistically we are less likely to receive even a bachelor ’ s degree .”
Katelyn Foster is a freshman from Vermont . Like many , she was raised in a single-parent household . Like many Bluefield State students , she works full-time . Also like many Bluefield State students , she has determination , an “ extra gear ”, to succeed .
“ My mother worked hard and raised three children as a single parent . Unfortunately , she never had the opportunity to pursue a college degree .

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“ She was employed with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont for 34 years , moving up and excelling every year .
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