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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
Name: Otniel Levi Pavia
Hometown: Garden Grove, CA
Minor: Political Science
How would your friends describe you in one word? Trill (True and Chill haha)
My family, friends, and those individuals and vulnerable groups of people that are need of help and are being oppressed by social, economic, and political forces.
What has been your biggest challenge as a first-generation student?
Learning how to navigate through college on my own and not being embarrassed to ask for help.
How are you involved on campus?
Besides being a current Co-Chair for MEChA de Chapman, I like to go to as many of the diversity club's and organization’s meetings and events. I like supporting others efforts in trying to incite discussions in regards to the lack of inclusiveness and underrepresentation of minority groups and identities on campus.
What advice would you give to First-Gen students who are not seniors?
Speak up and ask questions, even if it makes you nervous. You will only end up opening new doors and windows of opportunities and meet new people in the process.
Choose one word to describe how you feel about being a senior?