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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 …

MFOS Alumni Gathering (Virtual)

On Thursday May 7th, the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program hosted a virtual MFOS Alumni Gathering. The event was a great way for alumni from various cohort years to meet and interact with one another during these times. Alumni were based in locations as far away as Houston to right here in Gainesville. Some alumni were from the very first …

MFOS Virtual Graduation Celebration

On April 29th, the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program celebrated the graduation of 176 scholars, 75 of whom could attend. The event was filled with many supporters, including UF President Dr. Fuchs, President Emeritus Machen, numerous donors, faculty, staff, and family members of the graduates. Please help us continue to celebrate our trailblazing graduates by visiting our page to watch …

This is My Story, I Can’t Wait to Hear Yours

Written by Taylor Turner on May 5, 2020 Taylor serves as a graduate assistant within the MFOS Office   I had always had the dream of attending college. Often times my dad would remind me not to worry about how I would pay for college but rather to focus on my academics. During high school I was determined to attend college. …

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, …

Life Coach Program

written by Taylor Turner on Apr 21, 2020 Taylor serves as a graduate assistant within the MFOS office   The Life Coach Program is designed for first-generation 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students who are interested in gaining guidance and coaching with their post-graduation plans. These students are paired with a “Life Coach” who can be faculty, staff, or a …

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MFOS Virtual Graduation

UF celebrates first-generation students’ graduation milestone GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida will celebrate Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program (MFOS) graduates with a virtual celebration event at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29. One hundred seventy-six Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars are scheduled to graduate at the end of the spring semester. The virtual celebration program will include keynotes from …