If you are a first-generation college student, you should know that you are not alone. Augusta University is recognizing some of our first-gen students during first-generation awareness week from November 2-6.
Lauren Ramos, a senior communications student, talks about her experience as a first-generation student. Fun fact, she has a twin sister Lindsay Ramos who graduated from Augusta University. “My family has been very encouraging about going to college and wants us to get a good career.”
Her older sister, Kaylee, also went to Augusta University and graduated with a nursing degree. “I felt lucky that my older sister went ahead of us. She was sort of the guinea pig to figure out everything, including things like FASFA.”
Lauren loves writing and is the editor and chief of the Phoenix Magazine at Augusta University. She has worked for the Phoenix for the last two years. “Take a leap faith. I started working at the Phoenix Magazine because my professor recommended doing it and said that I would be good at it. Always remember how capable you are. There is nothing wrong with failing. The more you try the more you will learn. Always jump for new opportunities.”
Lauren recommends making connections and getting to know your professors. “They can help you with jobs and recommendations.”
After she graduates in the fall of 2021, Lauren would like to get an advanced degree.