SEU Celebrates First Generation College Students

In honor of the annual National First-Generation College Celebration on November 8, we’re giving a shout-out to all of the members of the Fire Family — current students and alumni — who were the first in their families to go to college.

“Being a first generation college student has meant so much to me,” said Chris Bryant, an SEU alumnus and enrollment counselor. “As the oldest in my family, it was really cool to be the one to set the example for those younger than me.” 

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Chris Bryant

Naomi Parkes, a current MBA student at SEU, agreed. “My parents are really proud that I have the opportunity to further my education.”

For these students, it’s not just about being the first, but also everything they’re getting out of their college experience. Lauren Boss, a senior studying Practical Ministries shared, “I love what I’m studying. I can’t wait to graduate.” 

Hear more first gen stories!

Be on the lookout this weekend for more first gen stories on our social media platforms @seuniversity —and be sure to share your own!

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November 8 was selected nationally as the date for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965.