Episode # 21

Acknowledging Challenges on the Road to College

We know there are many reasons why pursuing your education might seem impossible, but we have also heard so many stories about why it’s worth it, that you can do it, and that there are resources out there to help you along the way. Teresa Lugo, a high school community bilingual navigator from Austin, MN, joins the podcast to talk about some of the disparities in high school graduation rates and why high schoolers might opt out of continuing on with education. She also highlights the importance of supporting students who are making difficult choices between education and working when it can be so difficult to see the long term benefits. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.


Topics covered in this episode include:

  • The education gap - disparities in graduation rates between different groups of people
  • Some of the many challenges high schoolers might be facing in deciding whether to continue on with their education
  • The long term benefits of a postsecondary education

Teresa Lugo

Episode Transcript


Teresa Lugo is a Bilingual Community Navigator with Austin Aspires. She is currently working with students at Austin High School. 


Having been a high school dropout at one point, Teresa knows the struggles of not having the right support system. Despite challenges, she was able to eventually complete her education. She now uses her experience as motivation to provide others with the support they need to meet their educational goals.

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