Ethan Chichester

Ethan Chichester
Year of Graduation

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

To me, being a first-generation college student means that I'm taking control of my life and making independent decisions about my future. By being a first-generation college student, I have learned life skills and fundamentals of life.

What obstacles have you faced and overcome in this context?

Although there are many positive outcomes of being a first-generation student, it has not been the easiest. I have little guidance and mentorship from family, which forces me to rely on other people during difficult times. Additionally, it is hard to balance choices that could better or worsen my life. There is constant pressure to succeed.

What advice do you have for other first-generation students?

Continue on your own path of taking control of your life. Lead by example.

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