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Senior Overcomes Odds, Reaches for Skies

Kristena Cook

When senior aviation major Kristena Cook reflects on her daily life, a 100-mile commute each way from her Louisville home to class at Eastern Kentucky University while juggling her children, education and career amid constant exhaustion, she can only be grateful.

“Statistically speaking, this should not be my life,” she said. “I should be locked up, committed to an asylum, strung out on drugs and alcohol or dead.”

Despite those odds, the single mother of two is excelling at EKU, even earning a Summer Scholarship.


Published on June 14, 2018

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