Sign In:


PORTLAND PRESS HERALD DARKROOM
The challenge of finishing college

/

Helpful tips...

esc button

Use the LEFT / RIGHT keys to navigate the Darkroom

esc button

Use the UP key to show captions

esc button

Use the DOWN key to hide captions

esc button

Use the ESC key to close Darkroom

Find other amazing Darkroom photos below

X
  • Hide
    The challenge of finishing college - Tom Bell/Staff Writer | of | Share this photo

    Kat Ragot, 42, of Cutler accrued staggering – and lingering – debt before she dropped out of Carnegie Mellon University a quarter-century ago. Today, she’s back on track and poised to earn her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Machias on Saturday.

    Show
  • Hide
    The challenge of finishing college - Photo by Staff Writer Tom Bell | of | Share this photo

    Laura Applin, 24, who works as waitress at Becky’s Diner in Portland, says leaving college made sense because she couldn’t justify paying tuition when she lacked direction. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” she said. Her college loan debt, originally $26,000, is down to $17,000.

    Show
  • Hide
    The challenge of finishing college - Kevin Bennett/Special to the Maine Sunday Telegram | of | Share this photo

    University of Maine at Machias student Kat Ragot rehearses for a show, which includes some of her own artwork. Though “there are so many barriers” for older students, Ragot, a single mom from Cutler, will be earning her bachelor’s degree at Saturday’s commencement.

    Show
  • Hide
    The challenge of finishing college - Photo by John Patriquin/Staff Photographer | of | Share this photo

    At Southern Maine Community College, Ryan Donkin of Naples greets his success coach, Kristi Kaeppel, before a pickup basketball game on the South Portland campus.

    Show