At the University of Florida, a large portionĀ of incoming students are considered to be first-generation, or the first in their families to attend college. Being first-gen comes with a world of hardships, including difficulty navigating undergraduate life and bearing the burden of the cost of attending a four-year university. But first-gen students are resilient. They rise to challenges most students couldn’t dream of dealing with. They dive head first into university life and are some of the most accomplished students across UF’s diverse campus. Being first-gen is not simply a label; it’s an integral part of who these students are. It shows where they come from and where they are going.

This blog finds first-gen students and asks the question, “Why are you here?”

These are their stories.