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A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor’s degree. Being first-generation is a very proud accomplishment. We recognize that you will face unique experiences as you begin this exciting journey, and we look forward to supporting you and bringing together the first-generation Chapman community!
The Promising Futures Program is the support program for all first-generation college students at Chapman University. If you have any questions or want to be a part of the Promising Futures Program, please feel free to contact us and find our group on Facebook! Read more about us and the Promising Futures Program.
PFP Senior Spotlight - September
Name: Cristina Aguilar
Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
Major: Kinesiology, pre-allied health emphasis
How would your friends describe you in one word? Kind
I turn off my phone or delete social media apps. Being “disconnected” for a while makes me feel so much better. Also, having conversations with people who listen and care is the BEST.
Who or what is your biggest motivator?
My family is definitely my biggest motivator.
What has been your biggest challenge as a first-generation student?
My biggest challenge has been trying to get my family to understand that just because I don't spend as much time as I used to with them, it doesn't mean I don't want to around them anymore.
Choose one word to describe how you feel about being a senior?
There really isn't ONE word I can use to describe how I feel. I honestly feel a mixture of emotions. I am really excited but nervous at the same time (nervicited?). But overall I am just really happy to be almost done and excited to see what I will do after graduation.