By Lyric Mention

Former Western Michigan University Seita Scholar Liz Burns, 24, has managed to deal with mental health issues and overcome the challenges of aging out of the foster care system to graduate in 2020. A 2018 study by  Sean Hogan in the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition found that foster youth students with greater mental health problems demonstrated significantly poorer academic performance during their first year at a four-year university.  Now an alumna, Burns continues many of the habits she used to finish her studies and overcome the stigmas around foster youth.

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