Making College a Place for Me

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date



College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Anthropology

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Kendall House


The purpose of my capstone project for the Design Ethnography Certificate was to determine what could be done on behalf of a university to assist students of the “middle ground” while they simultaneously work, commute and attend school. I felt that institutions of higher education offer a strong support system for students of extreme socioeconomic vulnerability as well as traditional students, but students of the working-class, commuter students, and those who otherwise feel that college “is not for them” receive minimal support. Through a series of interviews and participation in a conference aimed at finding solutions for first-year commuters, I blueprinted a potential course for middle-ground students that would teach them to integrate the skills they already possess through their work and outside life in an academic setting. This project concluded with a presentation to the stakeholder, which led to an upcoming internship and a research collaboration with a Boise State faculty member pursuing the topic of working-class college students and breaking the cycle of classism in higher ed.

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