First generation college student Cecilia Lopez. Photo courtesy First Generation. Read more about the series here. Cecilia Lopez has the fabled American Dream story. She majored in criminal justice, minored in political science, and completed her degree in four years — a feat for any first generation student.
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How and why did I wind up applying for scholarships to go to college? For me, it was my goal of living the American Dream. My mom had dreams of being an architect, but instead worked long shifts sewing school uniforms in a factory; back where we came from, my dad worked in commercial construction. Neither of them had gone to college, and they lived a life of religious persecution and hardship under a communist regime in the Ukraine. Then, in September of , in the hopes of a better future for their children, they packed all their possessions into three bags and, with six kids under the age of eight at the time, sought refuge in the United States. In my view, my parents are two of the bravest people in the world, because with that sacrifice -- leaving behind family and homeland to move to a foreign country -- they gave me a future. It just wasn't clear how, exactly, I was going to pay for it.
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Tanae also expressed her intent to attend graduate school and become a Licensed Master Social Worker LMSW to lessen injustices for underprivileged teens through macro-level social action. Tanae Nious impressed our scholarship committee by achieving great grades while keeping her plate filled with service-oriented extracurricular activities. She's maintained a cumulative GPA of 4. She participated in a two-semester Student Leadership Institute and was invited to Washington, DC in July to facilitate her professional development. Growing up in the inner-city, Tanae found her vocational calling to address biopsychosocial problems by watching neighbors and friends struggle with poverty, abuse, addiction, and mental illness.