Event Title

A Minority’s Lived Experiences beyond the City Lights of Reading, PA

Start Date

25-4-2017 5:00 PM

End Date

25-4-2017 6:00 PM

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My name is Raquel J. Capellan and I am currently a senior at Susquehanna University studying Communications with an emphasis in Broadcasting and a minor in sociology. I plan on pursuing a career in the non-profit and education sectors utilizing both my passion for videography as well as public speaking in this field. Portraying social issues through a camera lens has proved to be effective in educating people from different communities. Being a Broadcasting major has trained me to use digital video as a powerful tool to begin dialogues about current societal issues and challenges that are relevant to high school and college students. A fellow high school and current college colleague at Susquehanna University and myself interviewed a 12 current students and six alumni from our alma mater, Reading Senior High School. The interviews focused on the pros and cons of going to college after graduating from high school. An overarching theme we encountered among the majority of our respondents was the impact of low socioeconomic background and incentives to continue education after high school in the Reading School District. Furthermore, the six alumni we interviewed mentioned particular things they would change about the United States educational system if given the opportunity as well as what they felt did and did not sufficiently prepare them for life after graduating or how to survive in college. My research is focused on the alumni that we interviewed, due to the fact that they shared deeper lived experiences after beginning college and studying abroad across the world. These experiences have shaped them into students who have excelled and pushed beyond the obstacles that limit them from potentially having a successful career or being accepted into college. The name of the project is called A Minority’s Lived experiences beyond the City Lights of Reading, PA. It is focused on highlighting the lived experiences and stories of alumni from Reading Senior High School and how they found ways to excel beyond their hometown.

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A Minority’s Lived Experiences beyond the City Lights of Reading, PA

My name is Raquel J. Capellan and I am currently a senior at Susquehanna University studying Communications with an emphasis in Broadcasting and a minor in sociology. I plan on pursuing a career in the non-profit and education sectors utilizing both my passion for videography as well as public speaking in this field. Portraying social issues through a camera lens has proved to be effective in educating people from different communities. Being a Broadcasting major has trained me to use digital video as a powerful tool to begin dialogues about current societal issues and challenges that are relevant to high school and college students. A fellow high school and current college colleague at Susquehanna University and myself interviewed a 12 current students and six alumni from our alma mater, Reading Senior High School. The interviews focused on the pros and cons of going to college after graduating from high school. An overarching theme we encountered among the majority of our respondents was the impact of low socioeconomic background and incentives to continue education after high school in the Reading School District. Furthermore, the six alumni we interviewed mentioned particular things they would change about the United States educational system if given the opportunity as well as what they felt did and did not sufficiently prepare them for life after graduating or how to survive in college. My research is focused on the alumni that we interviewed, due to the fact that they shared deeper lived experiences after beginning college and studying abroad across the world. These experiences have shaped them into students who have excelled and pushed beyond the obstacles that limit them from potentially having a successful career or being accepted into college. The name of the project is called A Minority’s Lived experiences beyond the City Lights of Reading, PA. It is focused on highlighting the lived experiences and stories of alumni from Reading Senior High School and how they found ways to excel beyond their hometown.