A Thriving Bruin

By Carmen Toscano

As a first-generation college student, I had no idea what the college process was about. I felt lost in how to start the process in my junior and senior year of high school. Thankfully, I was rescued by the many programs of Generation 1st Degree – Pico Rivera (G1DPR). Through G1DPR’s programs, such as The College Blueprint and Be a Leader, I chose the perfect fit for me by exploring the many majors and college campuses.

One key and important aspect was that I was having help in writing phenomenal personal statements and applications that got me accepted into many colleges. Without the help of G1DPR, I would not be as successful as I am now.

Currently, I have successfully completed my first year of college at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I am double majoring in history and political science and aspire to become a successful lawyer, concentrating on immigration.

The first year at UCLA was challenging because of its extremely competitive atmosphere. Additionally, I found myself completely alone due to the intense culture shock. I was sad to leave my home where I knew everyone and felt comfortable. However, I pushed through the competitive and unfamiliar atmosphere, by attending study sessions and constantly asking my professors for help during their office hours.

I ultimately broke out of my shell and began earning straight A’s, which has been one of my proudest accomplishments at UCLA. I thank Generation 1st Degree- Pico Rivera with all my heart for helping me chase my dreams and bringing me one step closer to being successful and achieving my dreams.