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Summer B #UF24

  Tuesday July 7th, 2020 Welcome to our newest scholars, the MFOS class of 2024! Over 100 scholars started their first term this past Monday, albeit a little different from past classes. Due to COVID-19 precautions, all summer scholars will take online courses this summer to continue following social distancing guidelines. This presented a new opportunity for the MFOS team …

MFOS Alumni Turned Podcasters

Written by Erica Aguiar on May 28th, 2020 MFOS alumni Agassy Rodriguez and Erica Aguiar (current MFOS assistant director) recently launched a podcast through SACSA, the Southern Association for College Student Affairs. The podcast, called “The First Five Years”, provides graduate students and new professionals in student affairs with timely conversations around the first five years of working at a …

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The First-Gen Journey Together- MFOS Connections

Written by Brandon Kol, 3rd Year MFOS Scholar Oftentimes the transition to college can be scary and even nerve wracking for incoming first-year students. As a first-generation college student, this feeling hit me twice as hard. Since I am the first person to go to college in my family, I had no one to rely on or go to for …

Countdown to College: First-Gen Considerations for Orientation Programs

Erica Aguiar, assistant director of MFOS, recently hosted a webinar for NODA, the Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention. The webinar, titled “Countdown to College: First-Gen Considerations for Orientation Programs” shared resources, considerations and recommendations for orientations professionals to make their programs more first-gen friendly. Erica hosted the webinar with Maxwell Mattern, the Assistant Director of New Student Services at …

Reflections of a First-Year First-Gen Grad Student

Written by Zachary Leonard on April 27, 2020 Zachary serves as a graduate assistant within the MFOS Office     Finishing the first year of my graduate program felt like a goalpost that seemed so far off in the distance, I feel a sense of pride and relief to now have made it. With this semester coming to an end, …

My MFOS Village

First-generation college students are the first in their families to go to college. That means we are learning through our lived experiences rather than advice from our parents. It sort of means that we get thrown into things without knowing how to maneuver them. Our lived experiences aren’t defined by the red tape, the struggles, or the never-ending imposter syndrome, …

MFOS ALUM HELPS HANDICAP PUPPY

Dr. Meghan Brumby is a MFOS Alum and a veterinarian at UF’s Veterinary Hospital. She recently made news in helping a pit bull terrier puppy who suffers from a rare condition called “Swimmer Puppy Syndrome.” View the complete news story!

SPOTLIGHT ON KELLY MEJIA

The moment two men wearing hard hats and carrying drawings walked into a third grade classroom for Career Day was precisely when Kelly Mejia decided she wanted to be a part of the construction industry when she grew up. Now at the age of 24, Kelly is a Balfour Beatty project engineer with a Bachelor of Arts from the University …