• Undergraduate Institution: Calvin College- Grand Rapids, MI
  • Undergraduate Major(s) & Degree(s) Achieved: 
    B.A. Secondary Education, Endorsed in K-12 Spanish (Major), 7-12 English as a Second Language (Minor)
  • Graduate Institution: Grand Valley State University - Allendale, MI
  • Graduate Major(s) & Degree(s) Achieved: 
    M.A. Technology Integration in K-12 Education


Why did you decide to attend college? 

I wanted to be able to get a job I would love, and do something that would make a difference in other people’s lives. My parents worked in factory work and in clerical work and were not very satisfied with their work life. I wanted my work experience to be different. That meant going to college to be able to go into the teaching field.

How did you learn that you were a first generation college student?

When I started working here at Ferris and joining work-groups, people started talking about “First Gen” students. When I figured out what that was, I realized that the definition fit me…well kind of. My mom and I graduated college the same year, but I was first, so I guess maybe we’re “Co-Gen”.

What support system or mentors did you have in college?

Family and a good instructor.

What were your personal, family or community strengths that motivated you to persist to graduation?

Although I didn’t know it at the time, I have a stubborn streak. Now, someone might politely call it persistence and grit. When I was told “You can’t…”, I replied, “Just watch me!”

What surprised you most about your college experience?

The amount of debt I was allowed to incur. How much more difficult courses were than high school.

Related to your achievement, what are you most proud of when you look back today?

Passing all my certification exams on my first try due to the hard work I put into learning, and graduating with honors.

What advice do you have to a first generation college student pursuing a degree at Ferris?

Don’t let anything keep you from achieving your goals; ask for help. Persist.