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SCU First Gen Staff/Faculty Profiles

Ray Plaza
Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion
Where did you attend college?

University of Florida (BA, MA), Virginia Tech (PhD)

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

As I reflect back, I learned a lot. It was hard adjusting to college in terms of the classes and expectations. Also adjusting to new family dynamics and being away from home. I had to get an on-campus job to help cover expenses along with my financial aid. I eventually found my groove and my passions which still drive me today.

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

Don't let your dreams and aspirations be dictated by anyone other than yourself.