In this section we want to highlight our mentors who are graduating and have been working with our students throughout the academic year. Congratulations and good luck on your future endeavors.
I was born and raised in New Bedford, MA where I attended public schools and played the cello and trombone. In 1998, I entered Dartmouth College as a first-generation college freshman and was initially a pre-med student like so many others. After considering different majors in college I made the difficult decision to change my major to Psychology in my junior year. And, even though I wouldn’t become a doctor of medicine, I knew that I still wanted to become Dr. Almeida someday. Read more about his story here.
Being a first generation student, I am aware of the many obstacles one has to overcome in order to be college ready and achieve a higher education. “College” is a word that has a high value in my household, yet was not a reality. Most of my family did not graduate from high school due to teen pregnancy, drug and gang affiliations; and if they did graduate, they chose not to attain a higher education because of other responsibilities. As a result, I had to make “college” a reality on my own; having to look for the college access resources and maintain good grades was not easy. Being part of multiple outreach programs (e.g. I AM and SummerTIME) granted me with the help I needed to be college bound and attend my dream school: University of Southern California. Read more about her story here.
I am proud to call I AM apart of my USC experience. For me, giving back had to be apart of my USC experience, and I can honestly say I found the perfect vehicle! I am a first generation college student. I have always wanted to help other students navigate the college admissions and financial aid process. Read more about her story here.
My name is Jovany Gaucin, I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA graduated from Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights. As a high school senior, I participated in the USC IAM program. My IAM mentor helped me navigate the college application process and always went above and beyond to make sure I was fully prepared for college. After graduation, I decided to attend St. John’s University in Minnesota on a full ride scholarship. Being a first-generation college student… Read more about his story here.