Celebrating Our First-Generation Students, Faculty/Staff, and Alumni

The College of Sciences is excited to recognize the success of our first-gen community who are the first in their families to attend college. We encourage you to view the responses below to get a glimpse into their stories, experiences, and their advice to future generations of students.

Nov. 11, 2020
  Ziqi Xian Student — Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry  
Nov. 11, 2020
  Velena Berrian Student — School of Life Sciences PLEASE SHARE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR FIRST-GENERATION STORY, OR A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. I am the first person in my family to attend...
Nov. 11, 2020
  Stacey Reyes Student — School of Life Sciences PLEASE SHARE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR FIRST-GENERATION STORY, OR A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. My name is Stacey Reyes-Torres and I am a first...
Nov. 11, 2020
  Selvin Chinchilla Student — Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry PLEASE SHARE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR FIRST-GENERATION STORY, OR A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. Coming from a family of...
Nov. 11, 2020
  Selena Sanchez-Giancola Student — School of Life Sciences PLEASE SHARE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR FIRST-GENERATION STORY, OR A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. I'm a first generation student and...
Nov. 11, 2020
  Quinn Frady Student — Department of Mathematical Sciences PLEASE SHARE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR FIRST-GENERATION STORY, OR A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. I have had other family members...
Nov. 11, 2020
  Noor Kordi Student — School of Life Sciences PLEASE SHARE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR FIRST-GENERATION STORY, OR A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. I am a non-traditional student that grew up in...
Nov. 11, 2020
  Megan Siltz Student — Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry PLEASE SHARE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR FIRST-GENERATION STORY, OR A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. It has been a whirlwind...
Nov. 11, 2020
  Megan Romero Faculty — Department of Mathematical Sciences  
Nov. 11, 2020
  Maria Martinez Student — School of Life Sciences PLEASE SHARE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR FIRST-GENERATION STORY, OR A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. My name is Maria Martinez, I was born and...
Nov. 11, 2020
  Luz Diaz-Ontiveros Student — School of Life Sciences    
Nov. 11, 2020
  Leia de los Santos Student — School of Life Sciences PLEASE SHARE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR FIRST-GENERATION STORY, OR A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. My parents were born in the Philippines,...