First generation

I am currently working on my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in Economics and minor in International Business at the University of Central Florida. I aspire to work within the public sector once I graduate from college. I enjoy exercising and watching animated movies during my spare time. I live to be the best that I can be and enjoy life as much as I can.

Being the first in my family to attend college has been an amazing opportunity; unfortunately, it has also come with tremendous pressure due to my family’s expectations. All my life I have heard my family discuss how much they regret not furthering their education as it has forced them to work back-breaking, laborious jobs, such as cleaning houses. I do not want to go through the same struggles my family went through; I want to take advantage of being here in the United States by furthering my education. Being the first in my family to go to college is important to me because I want my parents to know their struggles were worth it.
A few weeks ago, I found myself passively working towards my academic degree. I had lost the reason behind the pursuit of my degree. College slowly became part of a daily routine with which classes were getting in the way of the things I actually wanted to do. College was not an option for me; it was mandatory. As I continued my studies, I found myself looking for purpose; a purpose that defined the reason I was in college.
I am currently trying to find myself in college. With each passing day, I learn more and more, not only academically, but also in terms of my own social awareness. I cannot help but think that this is the purpose of college. It is not so much on the academic side, but instead more on the individualistic learning, interaction with others and furthering one’s abilities. It is okay to jump straight into college without giving it much thought, but once in, it is important to find the motivation to continue and graduate.
My parents are extremely proud of my accomplishments, which ultimately, make me want to do more. I have become a student senator for the college of business administration, an active participant of intramural sports, and a member of my campus’ catholic ministry. I am currently working on my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in Economics and a minor in International Business with hopes of utilizing my degree with a future career in the public sector. It is my involvement with my school’s student senate that has inspired me to look into a possible career within the public sector. College has provided me with opportunities to explore a possible career path that has led to invaluable experiences. Thus, college has become more than just the place where I will earn my degree, but instead a place where I can grow both as a student and professional.
College may be the ‘only’ option for you and that is okay. Just keep in mind the reason you are there and make college work for you, not the other way around. You can easily get lost in the midst of the thousands of students just like yourself, but remember to always stay true to yourself, as this is what will make you stand out.

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