Lauren Schandevel is a first year student from Warren, Michigan. She is currently pursuing a degree in political science (though the Ford school seems increasingly appealing) with a concentration on education policy and income inequality. Her column focuses on higher education from the perspective of a working class, first generation college student to whom an elite status and access to myriad opportunities is entirely new. She is extremely active in the political culture on campus, dividing her time between the Daily and the College Democrats. In her free time, she enjoys reading, consuming caffeinated beverages, and taking poorly timed and questionably deserved naps.
Lauren Schandevel takes a candid photo with Kurt Vonnegut.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 9:31pm

On Saturday, I participated in Detroit Partnership’s annual Detroit Partnership Day for the second year in a row. This time, thankfully, there was no self-congratulatory rhetoric or encouragement to “fix Detroit.” We were there to learn about the community, do what we could in the few hours we had and leave with the understanding that we hadn’t even made a dent in the process. Residents thanked us, but no one praised us for being decent, as they had in years past.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:13pm

You didn’t have to follow the Students4Justice sit-in or listen to LSA junior Evan Rosen, who ran for Central Student Government president with the Movement party, completely dismiss people who were offended by his controversial campaign video to know that this campus has a problem when it comes to empathizing with students of color.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 11:39am

With Republicans now at the helm of both the legislative and executive branches, the last couple of months have been riddled with uncertainty over the future of women’s health care.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 10:16am

Even before the election, my county served as a huge lure for journalists who were hungry for a peek into the lives of traditional, working-class individuals. In the 1980s, the term “Reagan Democrat” was coined about its residents in reference to blue collar workers who flipped Republican after a long track record of voting Democrat.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 11:14am

Most days, my college education truly feels like the great equalizer. The University of Michigan is home to the children of doctors, lawyers and artists; children who grew up taking exotic vacations and boarding at expensive schools; children who know the function of the smaller outer fork in a table set — and it is, by some miracle, my home, too.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:36am

Sometimes it’s refreshing to hear a distinction between America’s political parties that isn’t the hackneyed “liberals drive BMWs and conservatives drive pickup trucks” shtick. Other times, however, it can be a bit jarring, as you realize just how ideologically divergent the two parties are.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 11:47am

Sometimes, after spending months at a time nestled in the liberal enclave of Ann Arbor, I forget that my hometown is representative of a demographic that dismisses my political views as complete garbage. Moreover, if I had bothered to interact with that demographic at all — I mean really tapped into their economic anxieties and understood their desire for dramatic political change — I probably would have seen the events of 2016 coming from a mile away. But I didn’t, so it was just as much of a surprise to me as it was to everyone else.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 3:18pm

“How did this happen?”

I found myself repeating this question over and over in the course of election night, sometimes with a spacey, stoic expression on my face and sometimes through tears. The answers from my equally devastated friends were always somewhere along the lines of blaming voter turnout or third-party voting.

But while the Nate Silvers of the world may be able to explain how this outcome happened, they cannot explain why. So let me take a stab at it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 6:47pm

Bear with me for this metaphor.


Imagine you have two seeds. You plant one seed in a sunny patch of nutrient-rich soil and water it every day. You plant the other seed in a dark shed and neglect it for months. Not surprisingly, the first seed grows tall and healthy while the other does not.


Can you attribute the success of the first seed or the failure of the second to any inherent quality? Of course not; you provided the conditions, which produced the results.


Friday, May 6, 2016 - 9:31pm
On April 30, 2015, Parada hosts UM's first annual Arab graduation ceremony.

School of Education graduate Javier Solorzano Parada is all too familiar with the challenges that can arise in pursuit of higher education.