Editor’s Note: The following article is one in a series presented in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and designed to help parents prepare to send their kids off to college, brought to you by Colgate.
What’s it like to be the first person in your family to attend college? For many Latino first generation college students, the hopes, dreams and sacrifices of their entire family seem to be riding on their shoulders. Here, three Latinas share their stories of being members of “Generation 1st.”
“I HAD ALL THESE FACES LOOKING UP AT ME TO SUCCEED.” Byrdie, 33, is a Marketing and Social Media consultant and a director with LATISM. Born in the border-town of Eagle Pass, Texas, Byrdie was intrigued early on by the idea of going to college. “I remember seeing a commercial when I was around eight years old, during a novela break,” she says. In the ad, a young female college student sat reading on the campus of the University of The Incarnate Word. “I recall turning to my mom and asking her, ‘Mom, what is that place?’ She said, ‘It’s college. It’s where you go when you are older and finish school.’ I told her ‘Okay, I think I’ll go there.’ Nine years later, I did.”
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