New friends, new experiences


Meet Troy, one of the students in the first cohort of Aggies Elevated.

“Aggies Elevated is a great opportunity for me to learn and grow and do things more on my own … to have a college experience,” he said. “I’m enjoying it. I like meeting new friends and getting to know more people in the program and outside of the program.”

Troy was in the pre-semester Connections class.

“Connections was cool,” he said. “I got to meet new friends and get to know people.”

Classes are going well, he said, and his favorite class is Adult Learning and Independent Living, taught by Aggies Elevated program director Sarah Stone.

“We learn about how to approach people in social situations and make friends and how to be social in society,” he explained.

Troy also tries to stay current with his homework, by checking Canvas to see if he has any new assignments. He also enjoys working out, lifting weights, hanging out with friends or watching movies.

“It feels pretty cool, living in the dorm and being with people you don’t know, but then as you get to know them, you get comfortable being with them all the time,” he said.

Someday, Troy wants to be a writer or director of movies. He has some ideas for story characters of his own that he’s working on, and would like to take a video- or screenwriting class next semester.


Aggies Elevated at Utah State University believes that all individuals, regardless of ability, have the right to meaningful employment, lifelong learning, self-determination and full community inclusion. Utilizing the MyCLIMB (My Career Ladder to Independence, Maturity & Balance) person-centered planning model, Aggies Elevated students, along with invited family members and/or other stakeholders, will chart their own paths toward independence within an individualized framework of supports that identifies challenges, builds on individual strengths and encourages personal responsibility.

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