Being a first generation student can be a lot of weight on your shoulders. The pressure of doing good, being an example to those younger than you and living up to expectations. You are the one taking a lead and going down a path others in your family haven’t.
I am the youngest of three and the only girl; there’s already enough pressure. During my elementary and middle school years, I did an amazing job in school. Once I got to high school, things became harder. Balancing a social life, family and an insane amount of work became a lot to handle. I did make it through four years of high school without staying back but there was a lot of summer school. My transcript and GPA was nowhere near what I wanted it to look like by the time I graduated.
By some miracle, I got accepted to my dream school. I knew this was my chance to turn it around. My GPA and transcript are nothing like they were before, I’ve taken a hold of my academic life and turned it into something I am proud of.
Being the first of my family to go to college can be stressful. I am extremely proud of where I have gotten and am looking forward to the future and I am an example for my niece, nephew, and little cousins. They can learn even though I did stumble and have a few rough moments, I kept going and I got to where I am now by working hard. I really am a role model.
Being a first generation student is something you should be extremely proud of. There’s a lot of pressure that comes with the role. You have to keep your head in the game and you can’t afford to get distracted. Everyone is looking up to you and rooting for you to do your very best!