Leading the Way: First Scholars at the University of Memphis

Leading the Way: First Scholars at the University of Memphis

December 9, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Being a first-generation student is not easy. You face obstacles all the time. All too often people are quick to tell you
their opinions on what you can and can not do. When I was in high school, people were constantly
telling me what I could not do, like make it at a major university. I could not make the grades. I could not break their stereotypes. I could not get out of my small town. I could not find new friends or a home where
I belonged. I could not earn my degree in four years. I could not be a national champion. I could not have gotten into medical school. I could not be a leader. So we have all heard what we supposedly could
not do, but we had one thing in our favor, we are all First Scholars. First Scholars showed us that we should not
let what people think we can not do determine what we can do. Because of this program, we are able to succeed. I am doing really well here. I am getting involved with Tigers First and
the Hispanic Student Association. I am a member of the Mighty Sound of the South
and I made Deans List in my first semester. Now I am the founder and President of Tigers
First, a registered student organization for all first-generation students. I also received the Luther C. McClellan Black
Alumni Scholarship. I found a new home in Memphis. And I my First Scholars family. Memphis Cheer came in first, I am a national
champion. I got my acceptance letter to medical school. Four years sure fly by. We are leaders, we are the first in our families
to go to college, and we will continue to lead the way, because we are the First Scholars. We are First Scholars!