“As a first-generation college student, society has given us the social pressure of having to be successful at everything we do to show our worth. We pride ourselves in attaining the dreams and goals our parents set out for us to achieve. Our parents give us the building blocks to succeed, but it is up to us whether or not we want to be successful.”
Transitioning from high school to college is an important milestone in a young person’s life. It is also a stressful time where important decisions like how much a student will take out in student loans, what college campus feels right to them, and what career path will lead them to their idea of success, are decided upon.
Because of the guidance and support you help provide, Cristal Marte is currently enrolled at Rhode Island College, where she is a Nursing major who will be graduating in the fall of 2019! Like most first-generation students, Cristal didn’t know much about the college admissions process, but knew the importance of pursuing higher education, not only for herself, but for her family’s future.
“The conference was a great opportunity for me to enhance my knowledge on the stories and perspectives of black people and people of color. As well as network with people who have the same interests as me and can help me in the future.” – Markeem R., E-Cubed ’19
Markeem is a senior at E-Cubed Academy who’s interests lie in areas like Computer Science, African-American Studies, Political Science and Film/Photography! Recently, with support of his College Visions advisor, he was able to volunteer at The Data for Black Lives conference held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology! Read about his experience below:
[Read more…] about Students on the move with Markeem Vee Rodrigues
With the support of CV staff and donors, Marc graduated from the University of Rhode Island with his bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Here is what he had to say to you:
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to CV donors. Without CV support, I would not be in the position that I currently am. The generosity of CV donors allowed me to make use of all the resources that were available to me throughout high school and college, so I thank you all!”
Marc takes pride in being a first-generation college graduate and we are honored to have been able to witness his journey.
“Being a first generation college graduate means the world to me. To be able to graduate college and make my family proud is my greatest achievement in my life thus far.”
Thank you to everyone who has supported College Visions students through each stage of their transition, whether that be from high school to college or college to post-college life. We appreciate all that you do for our students. Read Marc’s interview below:
[Read more…] about First Generation College Graduate: Marc Torres