Many first-generation, low-income students don’t have the support or access to the resources they need to persist through college. They aren’t as fortunate as some to have parents or familial role models who understand and can navigate through the college admissions process. This is where College Visions (CV) steps in. We guide students not only through the college admissions process, but through to college graduation. And because of your support, 65% of students earn their bachelor’s degree within 6 years–more than 3 times the national average for first-generation, low-income students. Our alumni community has grown to 250 students and Kamah is one of them! Read her interview below:
What college/university did you attended and what was your major/degree? What are your plans after college?
I attended the University of Rhode Island where I majored in Pharmacy and received my doctorate in PharmD. After college, I plan to work for Rite Aid and Women and Infants.
How has CV played a part in your college journey?
CV played a very important role in helping me get into college and supporting me until I graduated. My advisor was always there if I had any questions/concerns (specifically relating to financial dilemmas). Having that open communication was key, and definitely aided in my success.
What is the significance to you of becoming a first-generation college graduate?
Being a first-gen college graduate is very significant to me because it marks the beginning steps towards success for my family lineage. As a graduate, I will have more access to opportunities that my parents didn’t have which creates a strong foundation for those to come and provides them with a greater shot at going to college themselves.
What is something you accomplished during college that you’re most proud of?
I’m most proud of taking grades and my classes very seriously. Because of this, I have successfully finished pharmacy school and got a job before graduation.
What was the most challenging part of college and how did CV help you overcome it?
The most challenging part of college was finding financial aid for school to pay for the costly expenses. My financial aid package changed because I became a graduate student during my 5th year of pharmacy school. Because of this, I wasn’t allowed any government funding. My CV advisor helped me find resources for different avenues of funding and new housing. Because of CV, I didn’t quit school for a year. I am truly appreciative of having CV in my corner.
What would you say to donors who have consistently given to CV and help make this resource possible?
I would like to say thank you, a very big thank you. Because of you, I got the help I needed to find a college that was a great fit for me and had an advisor who supported me throughout my college journey. You made this all possible and for that I am forever grateful.
A huge congratulations to Kamah for reaching her goals and earning her college degree! You are an inspiration to many young women who want to pursue careers in STEM fields! And thank you to everyone who has and continues to support CV and all the students like Kamah!