F1RST-Gen Friday: Francisco Medina III

Focus on first-gen: This week we highlight Francisco Medina III, who is majoring in political science and minoring in philosophy.

How does it feel to be the first member of your family to attend college? (¿Cómo se siente ser el primer miembro de su familia en ir al colegio?)

Es un gran orgullo ser el primero en mi familia en ir al colegio (It is with great pride to be the first in my family to go to college). Estoy orgulloso de tener la oportunidad de avanzar mi carrera educativa y romper los estereotipos tradicionales (I’m proud to have the opportunity to advance my education career and break traditional stereotypes).

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

The path of a first-gen student is not easy compared to some other students you will meet. However, the ambition that exists within us is just as strong if not stronger than theirs, so never doubt your abilities.

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

To take in consideration that not all first-gen students will have the same resources as other students do. Each student comes from a different background and going to a college is an experience that is new to them and their families.

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

After graduation, the plan is to go law school to obtain a Juris Doctor degree to become a lawyer.

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