FirstGen Tips

Tips for Parents of FirstGen College Students

From FirstGen CUI Alumni

You have given your child a strong foundation, and now is their chance to build on what you’ve taught them. An education is one of the most important decisions they will make, and will lead them to a life of even greater opportunities.

Henry Alonzo

Henry Alonzo, MBA '09
CCO/Partner, Adarga Entertainment Group
Assistant Professor, Azusa Pacific University


From FirstGen CUI Faculty & Staff

Encourage your child to stay at school on the weekend, rather than coming home.

Dr. Buddy Mendez
Professor of Psychology


Financial aid is important. And, be prepared for change.

Edgar Lopez

Edgar Lopez
Bursar


Tips for FirstGen College Students

From FirstGen CUI Students

Concordia puts opportunities there for anyone to grasp, and I've tried to take all of them as best as I could.

Diego Del Risco Orbegoso

Diego Del Risco Orbegoso '20


From FirstGen Faculty & Staff

There are many resources out there. Don’t be afraid to ask or look it up online.

Anna Saucedo-Rhodes

Anna Saucedo-Rhodes
Associate Director of Financial Aid


Regardless of fear, or uncertainty, this is your chance to make this happen. You are not alone.

Marcella Olave

Prof. Marcella Olave, M.A.
Assistant Professor of Biology


You’re some of the most courageous students around for doing what you’re doing. You bring qualities and values to the college journey that others can’t. Embrace your heritage—while honoring your parents—and enjoy the journey.

Lizz Mishreki

Lizz Mishreki, APR
Director of Public Relations/FirstGen College Student Program


I came from Mexico when I was 23 years old with my two children and my husband. I understand the struggles of parents like me from a very deep part of my heart.

Blanca Quiroz

Dr. Blanca Quiroz
Associate Professor of Education


Get to know your professors and ask them questions about everything and anything.

Michelle Martir

Dr. Buddy Mendez
Professor of Psychology


Pay attention to deadlines, especially for scholarships and grants. And be proactive about financial assistance.

Michelle Martir

Edgar Lopez
Bursar


From FirstGen CUI Alumni

Always ask questions, use all of your resources, and never be afraid to ask for help. It can be intimidating, stressful and at times frustrating, but believe me, it’s a journey worth taking.

Michelle Martir

Michelle Martir '15
Senior Admissions Counselor
Office of Undergraduate Admissions


I was born and raised in the inner city and my parents taught me to set my dreams and goals high. Education provided the access and knowledge to make my dreams a reality. I now enjoy a dual career as an executive at an entertainment company, and a university professor. I am proof of the American Dream, and I have my education to thank for that.

Henry Alonzo

Henry Alonzo, MBA '09
CCO/Partner, Adarga Entertainment Group
Assistant Professor, Azusa Pacific University

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