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Many high school seniors discover that their clear-cut goals aren’t so well-defined as they change majors, discover new careers, or decide college isn’t right for them.

Na’ilah Amaru shares the nontraditional academic path that led to her success.

“At the end of high school I did not know what I wanted to do with my life. I was not ready for college, but I knew it was something I eventually wanted to do. An Army recruiter came to my high school and basically said if I gave four years of my life to Uncle Sam then they would pay for my college tuition.”

Read the full article, The Alternate Route: Uncommon Pathways to Higher Education, published July 9, 2019 on

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