Being a first-generation college student has been an immense challenge, but also one of the greatest experiences of my life. I am the first person in my family to attend college, and the only one to pursue a higher education. Growing up, I was always told that college was the only way to achieve success, but I never fully understood what it meant to be a college student or the amount of work it takes to succeed.
Throughout my college experience, I have had to find my own way and learn from my mistakes. I had to develop my own sense of motivation and determination, and find the resources I needed to succeed. I have learned that college is about more than just attending classes and getting good grades; it is about learning to think critically and solve problems. It is about finding new ways to approach a situation and developing confidence in your ability to make decisions.
The most important lesson I have learned from my college experience is that it is OK to ask for help when you need it. It is important to recognize that everyone has their own individual strengths and weaknesses, and it is ok to lean on others for guidance and support. I have been able to form relationships with faculty, staff and peers that have helped me to better understand the college experience.
I am so proud of the progress I have made in my college career and I am excited to continue to learn and grow. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a first-generation college student and I am proud of the hard work I have put in to make the most of this experience.