Melissa Banuelos

My name is Melissa Banuelos and I am a Senior at The University of Texas at San Antonio. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology. My goal is to get accepted into medical school and become an Ophthalmologist. As a first generation student and peer mentor, my goal is to assist first generation students achieve their personal and career goals, as well as help them overcome different challenges they may face while attending college.

Jonathan Casas

What’s up guys. My name is Jonathan Casas, but you can call me Jon for short. I am a graduate student currently going for my Master’s in School Psychology, but I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology at Texas A&M University. As a first generation student, I understand what it feels like to go through certain struggles that are unique to first-gen students, so I want to be able to be a helpful resource and guide for anyone that is going through these same problems. Hope to get to talk to you soon!

Deaisha Coleman

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!

Aissatou Fall

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!

Charles Garcia

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!

Lindsey Gutierrez

My name is Lindsey Gutierrez and I am a sophomore at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I am currently pursuing a degree in Medical Humanities with a concentration in pre-medicine and a minor in biology. Following college I hope to be admitted into the Dental School at UT Health San Antonio and pursue a career in orthodontics. My goal as a peer mentor is to better inform and provide my mentees with knowledge concerning academics and social aspects at UTSA that will allow them to thrive as first generation students and achieve their goals.

Matt Hinojosa

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.

Alexis Jackson

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!

Katherine Tran

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.

Eunice Tun

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.

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