KVCC Honors our First Gen Community Members: Teresa Smith

Date(s) - 11/13/2020 - 11/14/2020

KVCC celebrates First Gen Day by honoring our First-Gen members of the KVCC community. Today we are honoring Teresa Smith. Her First Gen story encapsulates common First Gen themes; namely that the student feels like their family doesn’t understand the college experience and expectations. She shares:

“My mom and dad went to work and raised three daughters. They never had the chance to go to college but they were very supportive of all three of us going to college…and we did! I am the first person in my family to earn a Master’s Degree. As first generation students, you will often feel that your family doesn’t understand how hard going to college is…that’s when you talk to your support at KVCC.  We get it – and we will help. Even though it may seem a struggle at times, know this – Education Changes Lives. I believe that with every fiber of my being. You are the future teachers, healthcare providers and trades men and women of our state.  We need you to make the world run, but more importantly, your families need you to be their role models and heroes!”

If you would like to share your First-gen success story and you are a first-gen grad, please fill out our survey here!