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SCU First Gen Staff/Faculty Profiles

Janelle Atangan
Program Coordinator, SCU Law Externship Program
Where did you attend college?

Santa Clara University

What was your college experience like as a first-generation college student?

Between classes, working, and commuting in between, it was easy to feel overwhelmed, especially with that ever-looming pressure to pick a major, learn how to be a functioning adult, figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life, etc. etc. etc. Luckily, I had the mentors, friends, and connections I made through LEAD to help me along the way.

What message do you have to share with current first-generation college students?

Each of you has the potential to become exactly who you want to be, but it's up to you to get there. You're not always going to get everything right and things won't always go as planned, but that's okay. Your mistakes are what will teach you the most about who you are, where you have room to grow, and where you want to go next. Sometimes it'll feel like you're being pulled in a million different directions, but if you focus on your goals and never forgot what makes you uniquely you, you'll be just fine. And when you feel lost, don't hesitate to take advantage of the amazing support system and resources around you. We're all here for you!