They are the great equalizers, the nation’s public universities, many of which offer a relatively inexpensive, high-quality college education for students of diverse backgrounds and financial means. That’s how Wheaton High School’s Julie Castaneda ’14 is going to have a chance at the American dream. Castaneda, the daughter of Latin American immigrants in blue-collar jobs, graduated this past spring from Wheaton High School’s engineering program and will soon head to UMBC, where she hopes to continue her engineering studies. Thanks to advice from an engineering professor, Castaneda hopes to room with other aspiring female engineers. “It will be like having our own learning community,” she said.
The article, “Whatever Happened To…,” ran August 8 in the Washington Post.