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From Campus Life To 'The Color Purple'

As matriculation dates drew nearer, scholars – some completing their internships, others with college semesters behind them – gathered in a City University classroom for an afternoon of frank talk about navigating campus life. Among the topics covered: freedom, roommates, money, syllabi, time management and goal setting. That evening we walked up Broadway and, joined by more scholars from earlier classes, enjoyed a memorable performance of 'The Color Purple.'

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Photographs by Michael J. Leahy

Marilee Jones, a consultant and author who worked for decades in college admissions, listens as Vasiki poses a question.

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Kate Fenneman Stokes goes through a list of things to bear in mind. One of them: "You were NOT let in by mistake." At right are Shaunpaul, an Amherst senior, and Ambar, a Syracuse sophomore. "Never forget," Ambar said, "that the teachers are there to help you."

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In Times Square, left to right: Emmanuel Jr., Muhammed, Sumitra, Shuofei, Desiree, Vasiki and Ambar.

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Waiting to enter the theater for "The Color Purple": Fabien, Brooklyn College junior; Raquel, a new graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, now teaching elementary school in the Bronx and Elira, N.Y.U. Class of 2016, an analyst at JPMorgan.

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