"I'm First!"

On the first day of this month, Louisiana higher education celebrated those students who can proudly proclaim, "I'm First!" The Louisiana Board of Regents designated Oct. 1 as "First Gen Day" to honor first generation college students past and present. 

This month and every day, we celebrate the hard work and perseverance of our first generation students, which includes nearly one-fifth of current Southeastern students. Our Student Government Association talked to some of our first gen students on campus to hear their first-hand experiences:

Richard Davis Jr.

Richard Davis. Jr. - Middle Education, Senior, Slidell, LA

“Being a first-generation college student has truly taught me the importance of personal responsibility and how to persevere in the toughest of circumstances. The idea that I will be the first male in my family to graduate from college is a huge motivating factor for both myself and my family. I cannot wait to make all of us proud when I receive my degree.”

 Leslie Pina

Leslie Pina -  Early Childhood Education, Sophomore, Marrero, LA

“Being a first generation college student is exciting and stressful all at the same time. You want to make your family proud. The most satisfying of being the first in your family to pursue a college degree is the fact that you get the chance to create a new legacy for those of them to come after you.” 

 Anna Watkins

Anna Watkins - Psychology, Senior, Loranger, LA

"It’s definitely more difficult to be a first generation college student because my family didn’t know a lot about the admissions process, financial aid, and applications. The pressure is always on, but that is what keeps me going and inspired!”

 Chris Dominique

Chris Dominique - History, Senior, Loranger, LA

“Neither of my parents finished high school. Being the first generation college student makes me feel like I am doing my parents right by showing them that I’ve put work into myself just like they did for me and that is what makes me proud to be a first generation college student."

 Jasmine and Tamira Bickham

Jasmine and Tamira Bickham - Health Systems Management, Juniors, Franklinton, LA

“Being first generation college students, we are able to break barriers and leave lasting legacies for our future families."

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
by: Ashley Richardson