Ariana in Tempe, AZ

Ariana in Tempe, AZ

I am 22, finally graduating college this year and I just realized that I’m a first-generation college student, at least on my mother’s side. My dad went to college 47 years ago…so who knows what college was like back then. Sometimes I dont feel like they know how hard I’ve actually worked to be graduating with honors. They act like the research paper I have to write means nothing, but I always finish my work. I changed my major and took a semester off, but here I am.

My advice as cliche as it may sound: take advantage of scholarships, get involved with clubs, volunteer, and do it for yourself, no one else! I wish someone had told me those things back when I finished high school. College is tough but it will truly help you become the person you want to be!