Soapbox: Why are you here? How students ended up at BC

Emry Dinman

Chris Edwards

A well-groomed young man who I found playing ambient sweet and melancholy progressions on the common’s piano, Chris is the second in his family to go to college, and the first to seek a degree beyond an Associates. He wants to study theater and music at the best place he has the opportunity to get to, and he trusted BC to give him the transferable degree.
Years of working in restaurants for menial pay did not provide him with fulfillment, an existential thing he hopes to find composing music professionally. He hopes his compositions will one day be made for the big screen, and is inspired by the scene setting musicality of “The Silence of the Lambs.”
He likes dark movies.


Rick smokes cigarettes between classes because it calms his nerves. He ran away to Bellevue in the hopes of pursuing computer science, running away from traditionalist Chinese parents and the crushing expectation these parents expressed that Rick have children. Now 18, Rick hopes to one day to thrive independently and make “a lot of money,” but is currently just trying to improve his English. Rick is not his real name.
Rick wants to fall in love one day. He wants to buy a house and live well with someone that he loves. I get the impression he does not mind being a bachelor for now.
He smokes regularly.

Owla Mohamed

Owla isn’t the first in her family to go to college, in fact its considered a given that the Mohamed family goes to higher education. She felt like there was nothing more to gain from high school and joined the Running Start program at BC.
She wants to continue living in Washington, but finds that the possibilities are limited to the University of Washington if she hopes to pursue Biomedical Engineering. She must pursue this education, because how else is she to design prosthetics affordable and accessible to amputees in third world countries? Ever since a family trip to her homeland of Sudan when she was very young, her train car passing through an impoverished area riddled with derelict amputees, this has been her dream.
She wears a size seven shoe, the most common size. She often can’t find shoes because they are sold out in her size.

Valery Borodina

Valerey was tricked by her mother into going to BC. Her mother told her that Valery should see America, but neglected to say that she couldn’t get her a visiting visa but had found a great opportunity for student visas. Spirited away from her home in Russia, her mother told her two and a half months of studying English, and Valeria could return. Half a decade later, Valeria is a ubiquitous member of the Associated Student Government and gets re-elected whenever she has to run.
She has decided, after much deliberation, to pursue the digital arts. Her parents, one with a Master’s in mathematics and another with a Ph.D. in nuclear physics, support their daughter’s artistic decision.
Valerey also smokes, although she smokes better cigarettes.


His parents, both of them, beat him since he was young. As a child he believed he had no escape, and sometimes he felt like he deserved it, but at a certain age he fled the nest. BC is where he landed. He does not know where he wants to transfer to, or what he wants to do to earn money.
“I just want to be a good person,” he quietly said.
“Elijah” isn’t his name, but he says it’s a good name. He likes to eat chocolate after it has melted in the hot sun. He says it makes him feel good.