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SCU First Gen Staff/Faculty Profiles

Liz Mireles Quevedo
Assistant Director, Workforce Planning, Human Resources
Where did you attend college?

Santa Clara University ('05 & '20) & West Valley College ('03)

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

I was a young, single mom and was working almost full-time while I was in college. I was worried that I would not succeed in college and that I was not as prepared as my classmates. It was a really challenging time in my life but also one of the best times. I began my college career in community college and ultimately transferred to SCU as a commuter student. While my background was not common at SCU, I loved my experience. I had the support of my family, friends, and the staff and faculty, which helped to propel me forward. My drive to succeed and create a better life for me and my daughter helped me through some long, hard days. I also could not have done it without financial aid. It would not have been possible. The journey to a Bachelor's degree took 5 years total and I was able to graduate with honors. I will forever be grateful to all the people and programs that helped me along the way. I used to walk around campus with a little girl trailing behind me. Now that little girl is a Senior at SCU and it literally brings me to tears to think about it.

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

It is important to have a strong understanding of the services, programs, and people that are available to you for support. Also, never be afraid to ask for help. This will ensure that you have a clear path to graduation and you can prepare yourself for road blocks or opportunities that you may encounter. It also ensures that you are more effectively able to make decisions and stay on track. College is a marathon and not a sprint. It requires taking one day at at time, time management, doing your best, and repeat the next day. With that said, time will also seem to fly by and before you know it, you will be crossing that stage - so enjoy the ride, get engaged with the community, and stay present!