Assistant Director of UREC, Marketing & Events
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Oregon, 2009
Masters of Science in Kinesiology, Indiana University, 2011
What does being first-gen mean to you?
I am so proud to be first-gen! My parents are intelligent, hard working entrepreneurs. One of which was a first generation high school graduate. They demonstrated the value of hard work and ethics but also taught me the importance of education and that education was a privilege. My degrees are not just my achievement, but also my parents. They created an environment that helped me achieve something they didn't get the chance to.
What challenges/barriers have you faced or overcome during college?
Weeks before starting college I was diagnosed with a learning disability. The combination of this as well as some challenging course work made it hard to be successful in my classes, I wasn't aware of campus resources that could have supported me and my parents, who had never experienced what college was like, didn't know how to help. Junior year I decided to change my major and by then I had better identified my personal learning styles and could be more successful in my academics.
What resource(s) or support helped you to be successful?
Mentors! I am where I am today because of the support my mentors provided me. I would have never attempted graduate school without the encouragement of my mentors.
What advice would you give to someone else who is also first-gen?
Seek a mentor. Ask questions. Share your unique story and be proud of it. Know your resources.