F1RST-Gen Friday: Natanya Ordoñez

What is a first-gen student?

A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree. A student who is the first person in their immediate family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor’s degree.

First-gen students are encouraged to sign up to join the First-Gen Affinity Shockers. The group is designed to foster a community of first-generation professionals to build a group that offered professional development and networking opportunities where common experiences could be shared and address the needs of first-gen professionals as they navigate Wichita State University

Focus on first-gen: This week we highlight Natanya Ordoñez, majoring in pre-dentistry.

How does it feel to be the first member of your family to attend college?

It is very exciting and overwhelming as I have a lot to learn, not only for my degree but about myself. Overall, I am proud of all my achievements and hard work to get me to this point in my life.

What piece of advice would you share with an incoming first-generation college student?

Be curious and open-minded. Allow space for growth and experience. Most importantly, give yourself grace. You are your biggest critic but also your biggest cheerleader.

Any advice you would share with the Wichita State community working with first-generation students?

Every interaction matters when it comes to dealing with students, especially those who identify as first-generation. No matter how big or how small the interaction is, let it leave a positive and lasting impact on their journey here at WSU.

What do you hope to do after you graduate from Wichita State?

I plan to attend dental school I hope to specialize in endodontics. I want to be able to give people a smile worth smiling.