Work Scholars

Keriana Stroupe - Racing to a Debt-Free Education

March 21, 2016

LEWISTON, Idaho – With less than one semester in Work Scholars, Keriana Stroupe reduced the total hours she works, increased her free time, and continues on her quest to complete college with no student debt. Stroupe, a sophomore psychology major, chose LCSC for its affordability and great education.

Stroupe looked at other colleges but found that they were too expensive. For the past five years Stroupe worked at a local theater to stay debt free, but after three semesters, “I didn’t know if I was going to make it. [LC Work Scholars] truly saved me.”

For Stroupe staying out of debt was a very personal mission and hopes more students will be able to graduate debt free as well. Stroupe was attracted to the program because of its mission to decrease the debt students are graduating with. "I’m in huge support of that.”

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After LCSC, Stroupe plans on continuing her education and earning a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, followed by a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. “I’m really focused on getting my degree [from LCSC] and moving on to my graduate school. LC is one of those schools that is very much focused on academics.” Her goal is to work in family and children’s counseling, a passion sparked after visiting Haiti and learning about the adoption process. Stroupe wants to bridge “that midpoint of being able to transition [families and children] from one culture to another culture.”

Through her position with Work Scholars, Stroupe is taking the right steps to make these goals a reality. She works as the Student Counseling Center’s Events Coordinator, and hopes, “that this job will allow me to get into my focus area of study.” At her position, Stroupe helps develop and promote the Warrior Step-Up ProgramStudent Support Network, and the Peer Mentor Program.

In her first few months on the job, Stroupe has assisted in growing the scope of Warrior Step-Up by expanding the styles and types of presentations the program can give, focusing on specific problems many college students face. Each presentation starts by focusing on the bystander effect and helping people know how to positively intervene when someone is in trouble. The presentation then goes into specific information on different interest areas such as alcohol, depression, and academics.

For Stroupe staying out of debt was a very personal mission.

Although Stroupe has more time outside of work and academics, she is “still busy, just in a different way. Not having to work on the weekends, I’m sitting here thinking, ‘How did I ever get anything done last semester?’” Now, she spends her free time training for a marathon. She plans to run the marathon in early summer and a bubble run shortly after. She jokes about how the bubble run will be a short jog after the over 26 mile marathon. Keriana will also be studying abroad in South Korea during Summer 2016.

The Student Counseling Center offers free services to all students and is open Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. College can be a major challenge for many students, and depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns are fairly common among today’s college students. If you or someone you know is experiencing any personal or mental health issues, please encourage them to make an appointment and speak with a professional counselor.

For further information about the LC Work Scholars Program, contact Work Scholars Coordinator Erin Cassetto at (208) 792-2084 or elcassetto@lcsc.edu.

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