As a first-generation college student, my parents instilled in me that it’s best to pursue a career that inspired passion within me. At Saginaw Valley State University, I followed that advice and it has led me both on the path to study law and to help communities in need.
With the support of my family — and now a statewide organization that recognizes my leadership qualities — I am hoping to follow in my older sister’s footsteps as a first-generation college graduate.
As a first-generation college student, I knew I always wanted to pursue a four-year degree. I’ve faced a lot of obstacles, but I’ve learned that it’s how you overcome those challenges. I was never really gifted anything. I’ve worked for everything I have.
For me, college was always the goal. I had no idea where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do– I just knew I needed to go to college. I wasn’t exposed to many careers and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study, but my high school really pushed going to college and I always felt that was the right thing for me. My parents were supportive as well, but neither of them had gone to college and they didn’t know much about the admissions process.
I knew I always wanted to go to college. I went to a college preparatory charter school authorized by Saginaw Valley State University and my parents always encouraged me to continue my education. As a first-generation college student with younger siblings, I thought going to college was important because I have young people that look up to me and I knew that me going to college would inspire them to go too.
Nearly 100 Saginaw Valley State University students dedicated to community service are spending a week of their winter break volunteering across the nation as part of SVSU’s Alternative Breaks program.
Saginaw Valley State University next month will welcome Ruth D. Jones, a leader with NASA and a trailblazer in her industry, to deliver the keynote address during the 11th annual Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the campus.
Inspired by one of the region’s trailblazers, a Saginaw Valley State University-based political leadership program continues to create a legacy of its own nearly a decade after its founding, organizers say.