Major: Visual communication design, Herron School of Art and Design
As a first-generation student, my motivation for attending and staying in college is being a role model for my younger sister, in hopes that she will pursue a college degree someday. My parents have sacrificed a lot to help me get here, and I know my future is bright.
As cliché as it may sound, my best piece of advice to other first-generation students is to not give up, even when things are hard. Overcoming challenges helps us grow stronger and wiser.
If I could do some things differently, I would. I spent my first year on campus feeling jaded. I went to class, did my homework, and went home—every day. I didn't make friends, step outside my comfort zone, or ask for help. I struggled in silence. It's important to remember that great things can happen if you push yourself, and always remember no one can take your education away from you.