Where did you attend college?
UC Santa Barbara (Undergrad); USC (Masters); Phd UCLA
What was your college experience like as a first-generation college student?
An opening to the world; wickedly challenging and life changing
What message do you have to share with current first-generation college students?
Do not be afraid to ask your Professors for help, take ownership of your education and be open to all of the different, new opportunities surrounding you. As an undergrad, one of my professors said to me at office hours: "Why should I help you?"; if you encounter this type of situation, politely push back or seek assistance from another faculty member.