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Are You First-Generation?

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Please use the Form below to share and post your first-gen story here!

 

First-Gen Story Form

 

 First-Generation Week

November 7-11, 2022

Submit your story by November 4th, 2022 for a chance to win some cool Prize Giveaways

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1st Place

$25 Dusty Dollars &

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2nd Place

$20 Dusty Dollars &

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What is First-Gen?

 

First Gen is short for first generation, and according to the Department of Education (ED), first generation is defined in three ways:

          1) an individual with parents without a bachelor's degree; and/or

          2) an individual who did not live with a supporting parent before turning 18; and/or

          3) an individual who lived with a single-supporting parent without a bachelor's degree before turning 18. 

Read and learn more about some of our first gen stories and experiences from different TAMIU students, alumni, faculty and staff in our featured spotlights below! 


First-Gen Spotlights

Ana Ramos

Ana Ramos

Undergraduate Student

"I want to say to any fellow first-generation students: don't be afraid to try new things and step outside of your comfort zone. You could be surprised by your own abilities!"

Hello, my name is Ana Ramos. I am a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in biology to build a foundation for medical school. My first-generation journey has not been without its challenges.

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One of the many hurdles I have faced as a first-generation student has been stepping outside of my comfort zone and attempting new things. However, I think I can say that rising to that challenge has only had beneficial effects on me. I want to say to any fellow first-generation students: don't be afraid to try new things and step outside of your comfort zone. You could be surprised by your own abilities!

Being president of the first-generation organization at TAMIU, Gen One, I have been at the forefront of seeing how impactful it is when students with similar mindsets come together to accomplish something big. As a college peer, I would like to share that it is okay to feel like there are many obstacles that inhibit a path. We all go through it at least once in our life. It is what we do with situations like these that make us resilient and stand out from others.

Leticia Cruz

Leticia Cruz, MA

TRiO Program Director

"I am very proud to be a First-Generation College student. I was able to accomplish not only my dream, but also my Daddy’s dream of seeing his Daughter walk in that big auditorium and see her accept that Baccalaureate diploma."

My senior year in high school came around too soon.  Years before, I had decided which University I was going to attend. I only applied to one place and I was accepted.  I did not know about FAFSA, financial aid, PELL Grant or scholarships, so I never applied.

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My Parents invested their hard-earned money on my education.  Getting dropped off was the scariest feeling (I had never spent a day away from home).  I was living in a 21-floor tower full of strangers 475 miles away from Laredo.  As my Parents drove off, the next grueling thought was whether I was ready for college.  I had taken all the required courses and even some advanced courses to prepare me for this big step.  I wished I had someone to guide me, someone who had been there and done that, and I did find one such person, Ms. Johnnie.

Ms. Johnnie guided me to become the BEST student I could be.  She was the Social Work Department’s secretary.  She helped me manage and organize my time, in addition to teaching me a thing or two about taking notes.  She was my go-to person.

I am very proud to be a First-Generation College student.  I was able to accomplish not only my dream, but also my Daddy’s dream of seeing his Daughter walk in that big auditorium and see her accept that Baccalaureate diploma.

I pressured myself to be the very best that I could be.  I became resilient; I believe that one learns from their mistakes and that made me stronger.

I am thankful that I had the support from My Parents, but most importantly, that Daddy had the forethought and provided me with encouragement to pursue a degree. Having a second-grade education, he knew that no one could take my education away.

I am a humble First-Generation College student because of all the sacrifices that my Parents made.  Daddy always knew that this would be the BEST investment that he could make.

I graduated from Texas Woman’s University in August 1980 with a Bachelor of Social Work degree.  In May 2012, I graduated from Texas A&M International University with a Master of Arts in Sociology.


First-Gen Resources

 

Looking for more resources to help you as a first generation? We all need help from time to time as a first generation, so here are some additional resources to help you along your first-gen journey in academia. Remember, you are not alone!