For me, being a first-generation college student (FGEN) at UP is both a challenge and a blessing. As students embark on their college education, they can be overwhelmed with emotions. At least that was how it was for me because every experience was new and frightening. At UP though, I had the opportunity to meet so many students and professors that are FGEN and have experienced the same obstacles as a college student. Being able to connect to many individuals on campus made my transition comforting and welcoming, and the FGEN program gave me a sense of belonging.