Annael Piza-Huerta


Annael Piza-Huerta, FGEN student and senior accounting major. Photo courtesy of Annael Piza-Huerta.

OPINION: What it means to be FGEN

Transitioning to college introduces a variety of emotions; and everyone experiences challenges that form a roller coaster ride for four years. Many first-generation students struggle with similar obstacles, and it is the FGEN community that has been an essential part of my support system throughout my time at UP. At first I was ecstatic to start college and move out of home. But I eventually encountered emotions such as guilt and shame and felt like an outcast on various occasions. I left my responsibilities and siblings at home, and did not feel like there was a place for me on campus.