Stevie Carpenter dropped out of high school, earned his GED, enrolled at L.A. City College and at age 25 has been accepted to attend UC Davis this fall, where he plans to study neurobiology.
But the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown another major challenge at him: online classes. Carpenter couldn’t keep up with general chemistry, a requirement for his major.
“I couldn’t take chemistry without a teacher…. It’s difficult to just read a book and go off the examples,” he said.
Instead, he received an “excused” withdrawal, jeopardizing his admission to UC Davis and threatening his plans to become the first