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SCU First Gen Staff/Faculty Profiles

Ben Stokes
Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Where did you attend college?

University of Wisconsin

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

I wish I had been a part of a program like LEAD! It may have helped me get more out of my college experience and prepared me better for my career. Instead I was mainly obsessed with fulfilling degree requirements as quickly as possible and competing in class.

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

Not having parental guidance about college is disadvantageous in a multitude of ways, but the chance to be the first in your family to earn a college degree is also uniquely motivating (if you don't put too much pressure on yourself).