Priscilla is a Spanish Major with a minor in Biology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (SMUMN). Although she is fluent in Spanish. Priscilla chose Spanish as her field of study in order to improve her grammar and literacy skills so she can be a certified interpreter. Priscilla’s ultimate goal is to continue her education in biology by taking a microbiology course this summer so she can pursue a two-year non-nursing graduate program at DePaul University in the spring of 2017.
After her two-year program she plans to become a Physician’s Assistant (PA) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,Minnesota. “Spanish will help me when I become a certified a PA or an interpreter because hospitals need a lot of Spanish-speaking personnel,” she said.
The First Generation Initiative (FGI) program has impacted Priscilla’s life because it is an extra support system outside her family and friends back home in Chicago. “FGI encourages students who are first generation by giving them the opportunity to have a full-ride scholarship which includes assisting the scholars achieve their goals by focusing on school,” Priscilla mentioned. “It allows us to not be a stigma or the stereotype of not being able to go to school.”
Priscilla thanks the benefactors who contribute to FGI “I hope the benefactors keeps supporting FGI because we need more first generation students to come to SMUMN because this university really enlightens students with the Lasallian traditions and teachings which I firmly believe can make a difference around the world just like Saint John Baptist de La Salle once did.”