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SCU First Gen Staff/Faculty Profiles

Yesenia Magdaleno-Solis
Yesenia Magdaleno-Solis
Assistant Director, Community Engagement, Students & Identity
Where did you attend college?

Santa Clara University

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

Challenging. Rewarding. Unforgettable in all senses. There was a heavy weight on my shoulders while being the pioneer in my family for higher education. With support from LEAD and allies on campus, I was able to form a support system.

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

Keep swimming. Ask for help. It's okay to cry.