Being first-gen means learning to advocate for myself. It means I am capable of creating a support system for myself through networking and finding different types of resources so that I can also be a resource to other students in similar situations. It also means I am able to step out of my comfort zone and continue growing and “FLOR-ishing” as an individual. As a first-generation student, I have learned to appreciate each and every accomplishment, no matter how big or small. Even though we are expected to overcome numerous challenges and obstacles, I think it is safe to say I have been able to take a step back and just experience the journey I am on.
I wish to continue being a guide and resource to folks. There is so much to learn about our undergrad career, and Lafayette itself. I wish to help students feel a little less overwhelmed and guide them step by step in their journey, similar to the way I have had amazing people support me along the way. I also look forward to learning so much more from my mentee! I cannot wait to see them grow into their own person and advocate, while celebrating all of their successes along the way.