“CV is an amazing opportunity that really helps a lot of first-generation students think and learn about college. Your donations help this amazing organization to keep running. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
With support from his CV community, Matthew will be attending the University of Rhode Island in the fall and majoring in Biomedical Engineering! Matthew’s dedication and hard work has not only gotten him admission into his college of choice, but a major scholarship!
Find out which by reading his interview below!
Name, high school/grad year and what college will you be attending/grad year?
Matthew Perea, Paul Cuffee High School ’20.
I will be going to URI and graduating in 2024.
What has it been like for you to do school online during this pandemic?
Online school was difficult at first since there was no direct interaction with my teachers, which for me made it harder to understand some topics. Although after a month of online learning, I got into the groove of things and found online learning easy after a while.
How has CV helped you through the college admissions process?
CV has helped me in so many ways with the college admissions process. I was able to apply to schools that I had never thought about and I was able to complete everything on time or earlier thanks to my advisor.
What will your major be and why did you choose it?
My major will be Biomedical Engineering. I always knew I wanted something to do with engineering and biomedical seemed fun to do and being able to possibly save people behind the scenes sounds like an amazing job.
What does being a first-generation student mean to you?
Being first-generation means everything to me. It helps and motivates me to be a stronger learner and a harder worker since I know I don’t just do this for myself, but for my family and also for future generations to come.
How did you hear about the Nordson BUILDS scholarship and how did you feel when you received it?
I heard about the Nordson BUILDS scholarship through College Visions. When I received it, I was so excited! It made college so much more affordable for me this year so I can really focus on my classes.
What would you say to donors who are consistently giving to CV and making this resource available to you?
I would like to thank the donors. College Visions helped my brother in the past and has helped me this year. CV is an amazing opportunity that really helps a lot of first-generation students think and learn about college. Your donations help this amazing organization to keep running. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
A huge congratulations to Matthew and best of luck in college! Your community stands with you!