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SCU First Gen Staff/Faculty Profiles

Narine Kerelian
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer, Political Science
Where did you attend college?

University of California Santa Barbara

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

During my first few terms, the university experience felt very foreign to me since I had no precedent. However, I was fortunate to get my first choice of living on the multicultural floor of my dormitory. UCSB also has a vibrant multicultural center, which I worked at as a student. Creating strong peer friendships helped me integrate into the university culture.

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

You got into college on the same application as your peers. You belong here!