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Experts by Experience Episode 1

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Experts by Experience is a series of discussions with college students from Chicago who are navigating the current rupture in their educational journeys. Through our monthly discussions with students, we aim to shed light on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on young Chicagoans who are pursuing higher education. These discussions provide opportunities for students to share their insights on how educators, policymakers, and college success practitioners can best support them through this new normal. The series also highlights the innovative ways that students themselves are adjusting in real time to rapidly evolving conditions.

For our first conversation, we are joined by two CPS graduates, Jessica and Yahriel, who are currently enrolled in 4-year institutions. We focus on how they have been navigating their transitions away from their physical campuses and the college communities many students have left behind in the last few weeks.

If you are a student who is interested in participating in a future discussion, please reach out to us at

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If you are interested in the fashion brand created by Yahriel, the young entrepreneur featured in this episode, check out his website Mobeni Fashion.

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Experts by Experience Episode 1 Transcript

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