Transfer Admission Counselor
Major in Creative Writing with a Minor in Women and Gender Studies, Seattle University, 2018
What does being first-gen mean to you?
Being first generation means being on a journey for my ancestors. I have privileges that were not afforded to either of my parents or most of my extended family and I feel responsible for taking advantage of them because I get to carry on their legacy. My mom was undocumented and always wanted to go to college and get a bachelor's degree but never had the chance. When she passed away I knew that I needed to do this not just for myself, but for her. And for my dad, who was on his own at 15, who had no one had kindle the flames of education, this is for him.
What challenges/barriers have you faced or overcome during college?
Imposter syndrome is a real thing! I think being a bit older and a transfer student also perpetuated this anxiety about not belonging. My family was very supportive about me attending college but they couldn’t give me a lot of guidance so I felt like I was doing this alone much of the time and had a hard time asking for help or knowing how to access information and resources.
What resource(s) or support helped you to be successful?
Finding a community on campus! Finding a support system on campus beyond just my advisor was crucial in navigating this extremely confusing system.
Do you have an inspirational quote that helped guide you through college?
I am my ancestors wildest dreams.
What advice would you give to someone else who is also first-gen?
Get active in the community in any way that excites you! I found multiple jobs and internship opportunities on campus and this is how I made my connections. I made an effort to get to know my professors and peers and I know that this is what made me feel the most connected to campus and my education.