My parents immigrated from Mexico to the United States in 1996. They arrived with little education and no knowledge of the English language. However, that did not limit their willingness to instill in me the importance of getting a K-12 and higher education. My parents always told me that I would go to college one day and let me know that I would have to work hard to get there. Although my parents and I were unaware of the obstacles I would soon face throughout my educational career, they still motivated and supported me throughout my journey. I found there was no shame in being a first generation student, rather it was something that came with pride, joy and success.
I graduated from the University of Nevada in Reno in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in social work and Spanish. I am grateful for programs that offer help and guidance to first generation students. I have worked directly with first generation students during my undergraduate career as a mentor. It brought a sense of accomplishment knowing that I was able to be a role model and was able to help them overcome barriers in education and life. I am now dedicated to working with students helping them navigate and alleviate the educational challenges that come with being a first generation student!