“Families already know that our public colleges and universities are more affordable; now we want to spread the word about the high caliber of our academic programs, the increase in internship and study abroad opportunities, our honors programs and new facilities,” said Commissioner Santiago. “We know that in every community, parents are worrying about college costs but also wanting the very best for their children. Especially for students who see graduate school in their future, we think that making smart decisions about the undergraduate experience is more important than ever. That’s why we’re stepping our efforts to promote the value of public higher education in the Commonwealth.”
My family ate dinner at Merrymead Diner every Friday night while I was a child. We huddled close in a large, red booth as we scanned the familiar menu. The aroma of gravy over creamy mashed potatoes lingered in the air. I snuggled close to my mom’s arm as she ordered our drinks. The waitress brought our thick milkshakes out on a tray and placed them in front of us on a paper doily. The jukebox in the back played songs that we all knew the words to, and we sang along until our food arrived, hot and enticing on the table. Outside I shivered in the cold air, but in the diner I was cozy, munching on crispy French fries and enjoying a hot, juicy cheeseburger.