F1RST-Gen Friday: Zoë Gillis

Focus on first-gen: This week we highlight Zoë Gillis, graduate student in printmaking.

How does it feel to be the first member of your family to attend college?
When I was a teenager, I never really saw myself loving school this much. It’s been the most rewarding experience of my life.

What piece of advice would you share with an incoming first-generation college student?
Use the resources available to you. Scholarships and grants are everywhere, even if you don’t have a stellar GPA.

What do you hope to do after you graduate from Wichita State?
I want to teach art at a college level and continue to develop my own artistic career.

Sign up to join the First-Gen Affinity Shockers -This group is designed to foster a community of first-generation professionals, build a group that offers professional development and networking opportunities. It’s also meant to foster an environment where common experiences can be shared while addressing the needs of first-gen professionals at Wichita State University webpage.