Major: Music technology doctoral program, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology
College was my next step to achieve overall success, and I knew that attending would afford me opportunities I would not get anywhere else. I am currently a Ph.D. student in music technology. My research interests feel like a calling more than anything.
One of the most valuable lessons I learned as a student is some classes/situations require more work than others in order to be successful. However, remaining consistently disciplined through the difficult and easy situations keeps momentum constant.
My advice to other first-generation students is to be and stay humble. A continuous posture of humility positions you to learn more than you could ever imagine. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions, even about money. When I first started college, I was focused more on getting accepted than getting scholarships. Be willing to have some honest conversations about student debt and what that might mean for your future before you take out all those loans. College will present you with opportunities, and it is your responsibility to take ahold of them.