MFOS Alum Unique Path to Vet School

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Hear from Jonathan Dumas about his unique path to veterinary school. Jonathan was a part of the 2nd MFOS class at UF and some of his post-undergraduate journey included working with the USDA and completing a masters degree at Penn State!   Brief episode description: “Jonathan is candid and transparent about his unique path to veterinary …

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MFOS Team Adds New Member

Tuesday, January 13th, 2021 We want to officially welcome a new staff member to #TeamMFOS, Destiny Caldwell! Destiny serves as the program coordinator for the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program. She is currently completing her Master’s degree at Florida State University, where she worked closely with first-generation college students. Destiny earned her Bachelor’s degree in 2019 at Sam Houston State …

Meet the UF alum designing for the Stanley Cup Champs

    November 20th, 2020- Machen Florida Opportunity Scholar Alumni Spotlight: Carolina Brinkley (BFA Graphic Design 2011)   She found a home in the School of Art and Art History’s graphic design program, though she felt at first that she had major catch up to do. “UF has a really great—small but mighty—program,” she said. “It is really competitive, and …

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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, …