What does being a first-generation student mean to you?
To me being a first-generation student means trying to navigate a road no one in your family has ever been down before. At first it’s challenging because you don’t know what’s to come nor have anyone close to you to provide advice on how to proceed, but eventually, you figure out your way. As a first-generation student I’m not just working to push myself forward, but to push my family forward as well. As the first in my family to go to college, I know I am setting an example for my younger siblings and cousins, and showing them that it is possible despite challenges they may face. Also, my parents have worked long hours to provide for my siblings and me, and because of this, I want to show them the work they put in is paying off.
What advice do you have for other first-generation students?
Don’t let self-doubt consume you. You’ve made it this far so keep going and if you need help along the way don’t be afraid to reach out. There is always someone there to help. Also, get involved on campus. There’s so many clubs and activities NYU has to offer. You’ll get the chance to meet people and learn about their experiences. Hearing what others are doing might actually inspire you to figure out what it is you want to be doing.
Favorite place to eat or hang out on campus?
The Commuter Den at Lipton Hall.
What do you hope to do after NYU?
As a public health student, I'm interested in health disparities. After NYU I hope to do some advocacy work and further explore issues possibly around food access and malnutrition.