Between finding new classrooms and adjusting to a full course load, many students experience first-day jitters. For philosophy junior Audrey Ferguson, the start of classes also means being outed as soon as the professor calls roll.
On the first day of class, journalism senior lecturer Kate Dawson comes out to her students, usually couching the matter-of-fact introduction of her wife and kids with a joke about their early 8 p.m. bedtimes.
At age 22, Alexis recalled nothing but a life of regret and disappointment and couldn’t understand how she had gone from being a 17-year-old, engaged high school graduate to a divorced, recovering meth addict.
Penny Hunt arrived in Austin in 2004 with a mountain bike, two backpacks and what little remained of her salary from a job at a failed circus. Her surroundings were unfamiliar, but her situation was not.