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First Gen Initiative Podcast

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2023 First Gen Week Recap Video

Anahi Cruz

Amanda Tedesco

4th Year Student from Yucaipa, CA studying Neuroscience

Amanda Tedesco advocates for taking advantage of campus opportunities as well as engaging in courses. Amanda outlines the need for a peer mentor, a fellow college student with more experience, to give tips on day to day issues.

Patrick Samones

4th Year student from Moreno Valley, CA studying Biology

Patrick Samones talks about how he struggled as a first-generation student. Patrick advocates on how students must take the initiative and get answers – as there are many valuable and free resources to help students be successful at UCR.

Edgar Ortuno

3rd Year student from Santa Ana, CA studying Media and Culture Studies / Sustainability Studies

Edgar Ortuno discusses the difficult balance of working multiple jobs and self-doubt. Edgar discusses navigating the complexities of a college campus as a first-generation student.

Yazleen Alonzo

4th Year student from Perris, CA studying Ethnic Studies / Spanish Literature

Yazleen Alonso discusses the impact of family, both her parents and her child, on her educational journey at UCR as a first-generation student.