LAWRENCE COUNTY, Tenn. — You could easily find reasons Kali Lindsay should not be in college right now. She lost her mother at age 8. At 16, for her own good, she left home.
To support herself (she moved in with an older brother) in high school she worked 30 hours a week at an Arby’s next to a weed-studded field in a retail park, earning $8.20 an hour. She closed, at 1 a.m., forcing a choice: Go to school exhausted or skip classes and learn the material on her own.
Lindsay also faced a huge cultural obstacle — geography.
She is from Clinton, Mo., (pop. 8,947), where college-going is not a given. No one in her family went. Few around her did, either. “I didn’t know how anything worked,” she said.
From a young age, students in suburban and urban communities marinate in college-going, even college-competitive, environments. That is often missing in rural America, where communities like Lindsay’s can treat high school as a capstone, not a steppingstone.
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