Thank you for sharing Jessica Boyle’s story (“Class Action,” Summer 2012 Colby) and highlighting the very real barriers that first-generation college students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds face in their pursuit of higher education. As a fellow first-generation college student from Maine, Jessica Boyle’s story resonated with me deeply; from the general feeling of being an outsider to... Read more »
Mike Eckel ’93 (“A Hand Up”) has reported from the former Soviet Union and Southeast Asia for the Associated Press, Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, AOL News, and other publications. He currently writes for the Christian Science Monitor, studies for his master’s degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, and tweets at @mike_eckel.
Laurel Holland (“Finding a Life on the Edge”) is a Brooklyn-based writer. After graduating from Harvard in 2006, she moved to New York to pursue acting. She is working on Spindrift, a memoir about her alpinist father, Bill Holland '72, who was killed in a climbing accident when she was 5 years old.
Dash Wasserman '12 (“Reconstructing Violet Paget”) is an English major and former Echo editor from New Orleans. He was introduced to the mystery of archives during an independent study at the University of California, Irvine, where he examined the development of philosopher Jacques Derrida’s thought by rifling through hundreds of pages of the late critic’s dizzying French cursive.