Hi! My Name is Deaisha Coleman. I am a junior majoring in Kinesiology, with a concentration in Exercise Science and Wellness. After graduation, I plan on getting my Masters in Occupational Therapy. I am the first in my family to go to a four year university, and I cannot wait to meet other first generation students’ like myself. I hope to share our experiences and help each other on our journeys in becoming the first in our families to go and graduate!
Hello there! My name is Jacqueline Contreras, and I am the first in my immediate family to obtain an advanced degree (Bachelor of Arts, Psychology at UTSA). In addition, I am the first in my extended family to get accepted into graduate school (Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling). I am not only passionate and motivated to pursue my own goals, but I am dedicated to assisting other first generation students’ pursue theirs.
Hello! My name is Aissatou Fall, but I go by Aisha. I am a junior Public Health major, and a first generation college student. I was born and raised in San Antonio, but my family is from Senegal, West Africa. I enjoy spoken word poetry, volunteering, singing in “girl” (ask me about it sometime) and playing the ukulele. I am excited to meet all of you!
Hello my name is Charles Garcia, and I am a senior Biology major with a concentration in Neurobiology. I was born and raised in San Antonio, and I am a first generation college student. I am very interested in pursuing a career in Neuro Research. I look forward to working with fellow first generation students’ and helping in any way that I can!
Sup y’all. My name is Matt Hinojosa, and I’m a grateful, proud Chicano in recovery from addiction/alcoholism. I’m also the first in my family to go to college, double majoring in Anthropology and Mexican American Studies. I’m a border kid, coming from Laredo, Tejas, who moved up to the big city at the age of 13. Given my personal history struggles, my family’s history and struggles, and our people’s historical and contemporary struggles, I am incredibly grateful to be sitting here at this university. When not in class, I’m pretty active in the Recovery community in town and on campus, through out Collegiate Recovery Center; I also like virgin pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and playing music. Given the intersectionality of my person hood and identities, I am truly passionate about sharing my experience, strength and hope with others.
Hello! My name is Alexis Jackson and I am a Junior pursuing a Humanities Major with a Film Studies Minor. Creative writing is my biggest passion and and a part of the path I want to take career wise. As the person of my family to go to a university not only do I want to succeed for myself but I want to be a role model to my younger siblings and cousins. My goal is to help other first generation students succeed by offering all the assistance and support that I can. Outside of school I also enjoy reading, collecting art, cooking, and traveling.
Narda Martinez- Saenz
Hello everyone, my name is Narda Martinez- Saenz. I am a senior, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a minor in Legal Studies. I am the first generation in my family to attend college. After graduation, I am looking forward to continuing my studies in Law School or Graduate School so I can make our first generation community proud. As education has been an important part of my life, I want to motivate others in reaching their educational goals, by sharing our experiences as first generation college students’. We can achieve great things together as a team!
Hello, my name is Jennelle Mireles. I was born and raised in Austin Texas. I am a senior studying Economics. I hope to help mentees overcome the stigma that is associated with first generation students’, and encourage them to succeed. I look forward to meeting you!
Greetings, my name is Katherine Tran. I am currently in my third year in the College of Business, studying Management with a focus on International Management. One of the biggest challenges I faced my freshmen year was trying to create a sense of community, while dealing with culture shock, but I eventually overcame. As a first generation student and a peer mentor, my goal is to help students’ overcome the different challenges they face. I am so excited to meet each and every one of you.
My name is Eunice Tun, I was born and raised in México. I am a first generation college student, and English is my second language. Nevertheless, I work hard to overcome any barriers that I may encounter on my path to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in Biology. My goal as mentor is to be an example for other first generation college students’ to keep pursuing their college degree until they graduate.