What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?
Being a first-generation college graduate gave me access to a breadth and depth of knowledge and critical thinking skills that I would not have been exposed to had I not gone to college.
What obstacles did you face in this context?
Learning how to navigate a series of systems that I had very little access to prior to going to college was the biggest obstacle for me. College was an entirely different culture with new languages and unspoken customs that made it difficult for me to navigate, and not having access to services that helped to teach me how to navigate college made it especially complicated.
What advice do you have for other first-generation students?
Ask questions and take advantage of every service available to you!
Bachelors: University of Southern California, Los Angeles City College, and Bloomsburg University of PA; Masters: Colorado State University; Doctorate: Southern Illinois University Carbondale
BA 2008, MA 2010, PhD 2018
Communication Studies major