Author: Carroll University
Published Date: 11/8/2019
Faculty and Staff
First-Generation College Celebration
Carroll recognizes and celebrates those who were pioneers in their own families.
"My parents motivated me to attend college since I was young. My parents were only able to attend school to the secondary level as they had to take care of their family from a young age. They have always worked hard for myself and siblings to provide us the opportunities and schooling they were never able to obtain. They have always told us college was a privilege. My parents have always told us that no matter what, education is the one thing that nobody can take away. They are the reason I work so effortlessly. I cannot wait for the day when I am able to walk across the graduation stage and make their dreams come true."
"The sacrifices my parents have made motivated me to go to college. I want to be able to return the favor one day, and achieving a higher education is one of the best ways to do so."
"My older sister went to the military before entering college, so I navigated the process alone. It was my high school biology teacher, Laura Turner, who inspired me to pursue a post-secondary education. She saw a spark in me and guided me towards fulfilling my potential as a student and individual. She has since passed from cancer, though her wise words and influence remain with me today. To our first generation students, my biggest piece of advice is to seek genuine and meaningful connections. The more people you meet, the more opportunities you have and the greater your experience will be – I guarantee it!"
"Growing up I saw how hard my parents worked to make sure we always had food on the table and a place to keep us warm and dry, which I am forever grateful for. But always wished I could make it easier. My mom often talks about how she has lived a life she is proud of, but her one regret is not going to college. After I finish my undergrad, I plan on attending grad school to pursue a masters degree in library and information science."
"I was motivated to go to college to be able to thank my parents for all they have given me in my life and to be able to provide for them and give back to them once I am older."
"There is no better way to lead than by example. Being a first generation college student is a fantastic learning experience, and although it can be a challenge at times, walking across that stage was one of the most incredible feelings I have ever experienced. I am proud to be a part of the pioneer family and am now working towards my master’s."
"My parents always pushed me towards the college route because they didn’t get the chance to go to college. I have enjoyed getting the opportunity to meet so many people and being around them every day, including my softball teammates, coaches and professors."
"I am from a small town and always felt like there was more to do, more to learn and more to give. I wanted to break the cycle and be different – but always stay true to who I am. To my fellow first-generation students: You can do this! First generation – makes you a pioneer. The first to achieve something, but the one who keeps it going. I strongly believe that working hard, staying positive, making good choices and asking for help will provide you with the skills needed to be successful."
"My motivations to become the first in my family to attend college include to be someone my siblings look up to, to accomplish my parents goals through me, and to further my education in order to care for others."