Whether you’re in the process of navigating your undergraduate career or gearing up to enter it, I would like to take some time out to address your accomplishments and offer a few words of encouragement. You don’t know me, and I don’t know you, but I am unbelievably proud of you already. You’ve made it thus far, and that’s very important to remember. You’re in, and you belong, and that can’t be taken away from you.
I am the oldest in my family. Being the oldest child has plenty of struggles attached to it already, but the one I’ve been dealing with recently is being the first person in my family to go to college. My mother and father got married while they were still in high school, got jobs, then started a family. Even if they wanted to go to college, they never really had the time or funds to