Current First Generation Student
Tell us about why you chose Ball State University.
I chose Ball State University because it provided me with the best opportunity to explore my interests while allowing me to stay within a good distance from my family.
What were you the most nervous about in coming to Ball State? How did you navigate those concerns?
I was most nervous about switching from the classes and study habits of high school to those of college. I received advice from those who had already navigated this change and I allowed myself some grace in the change of style. I felt that the transition was more manageable once I was in it rather than thinking and planning for it.
What are the qualities and experiences you brought with you to Ball State that have helped you succeed in college?
The number one quality necessary for college success is the ability to problem solve. Having this ability enables you to overcome any of the issues that college life might present and sets you up to excel in every aspect.
What has been the most difficult part of the college experience for you?
The most difficult part of college has been time management and organization. Keeping track of all the assignment deadlines as well as being prepared for class and exams can be a little overwhelming. It takes organizational skill and practice, but anyone can overcome this with some effort.
Tell us about your proudest moment/s at Ball State University.
My proudest moment at Ball State was presenting my first poster presentation for my research group. It was the first time I had something to show that was my own significant work. I was able to defend and explain the findings with what I had learned. It felt like everything I had learned in class and from my research lab were all coming together, and I was able to present on it and convey the findings to others.
Looking back, what is something you know now that you wish you had known during your first few weeks at Ball State as an incoming student?
I wish I could tell myself that getting used to the new surroundings, lessons, and activities simply takes time. There isn’t a quick way to be more comfortable and prepared, you simply have to allow yourself to embrace the change and take challenges and opportunities as they come. You eventually come to the realization that you've persevered and you are comfortable again.
What is one piece of advice you would share with first-generation students preparing to attend BSU or in their first year at Ball State?
My one piece of advice to new first-generation students is to remember that you are not alone and that you don’t have to go through this alone. Being first generation, this can feel like a huge change and like you have to figure it all out as soon as possible and you might forget that you can ask for help. There are others who have been there, there are people that can and want to help you navigate the change. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.