This article presents the story of Chandra (her real name), a middle-aged, Guyanese-American woman attending an adult education center in the Northeast United States. Chandra grew up in extreme poverty in Guyana, and was taken out of school at age eight to help meet the family’s basic needs. At age 22, she immigrated to the United States in hopes of better opportunities. Through narrative methods, Chandra’s story is constructed from 34, narrative and expository, written texts that she composed for a literacy tutoring program, as well as three, in-depth, oral interviews. The result is a moving account of Chandra’s childhood in Guyana, immigration and acculturation in the United States, and her determination to continue her education despite the obstacles she has faced.
Adult Education, Immigration, Narrative Inquiry
The author is deeply grateful to Chandra for her openness and enthusiasm, her story-telling talents, and her commitment to learning and personal growth. Many thanks also to Stephanie Ridge for her assistance with interview transcription and data processing.
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 International License.
Recommended APA Citation
Danzak, R. L. (2017). Chandra’s Story: An Adult Education Student Journeys from Fear to Gratitude. The Qualitative Report, 22(5), 1227-1236. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2017.2784