Senior Academic Advisor, Arts and Sciences Advising Center
Undergraduate: Spanish and Sociology, Seattle University, 2003
MEd Student Development Administration, Seattle University, 2007
What does being first-gen mean to you?
Being first gen to me means resilience and accomplishment. It also evokes a sense of pride knowing that I was able to set a good example for my younger sister.
What challenges/barriers have you faced or overcome during college?
I had to overcome being shy and afraid of asking for help. I saw asking for help as a sign of weakness and throughout the years have learned what a myth that is. There are so many people on the SU campus who truly want to help, and really, it is their JOB to help!
What resource(s) or support helped you to be successful?
My supervisor and employees in the Enrollment Services Division helped support me in my academic and professional journey. I loved my work study job and the staff became like an extended family for me.
Do you have an inspirational quote that helped guide you through college?
Not at the time, but I do like this one now: “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” Brene Brown
What advice would you give to someone else who is also first-gen?
Enjoy the journey and take pride in all of the work you have done to get yourself to this place. Know that you are surrounded by a wonderful community of scholars and professionals who will support you and help you reach your academic, personal and professional goals.