Major: Nursing, IU School of Nursing
Knowing and witnessing many people live the paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle severely impacted me and motivated me to go to college. My mother was always hard on my brother and me about school because she dropped out her senior year of high school and wishes she could go back and make different decisions.
College was my only way. I've always dreamed of becoming a nurse and being in nursing school is getting me closer to that goal. That keeps me motivated, along with my family.
Not only am I a first-generation college student, but I will also be the first cousin and sibling to graduate college. My advice to other first-generation students is to not be afraid to tell others that you are first-gen. It's something to be proud of, and you're not alone. There are thousands of other students—and faculty and staff—who understand your experience and want to help. Whenever you are feeling down or ready to give up, remember why you are here.