First-year student Mary Rose Cadelina, who is interested in accounting, had her eyes opened to her strengths by UW Tacoma's Summer Bridge program.
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Paola Soto, a first-year and first-generation student from central Washington, wants a degree in criminal justice and plans to become a homicide detective.
Lexi Powers, a first-year student considering an education or psychology major, credits her desire to help people to the inspiration of a former teacher.
Lorenzo Scott, a first-year student who wants to study computer science and computer engineering, credits the Summer Bridge program and his father for getting him ready for college.
Kyree Merritt, a first-year student from California, and a first-generation student, plans a career as a clinical psychologist.
Daniel Agee, a first-year student who has his eye on computer engineering, hopes to get into the Air Force ROTC program.
Cameron Tsosie, a first-year student interested in psychology, wants to get into law enforcement.
The conversion of Court 17 to an on-campus residence hall was approached through careful planning and analysis.
Once an apartment building, now a residence hall, the purchase of Court 17 this past summer ushers in a new era at UW Tacoma.
First-generation students, who don't have a family history of higher education, are a group that make UW Tacoma a very special place. Read their stories as they tell, in their own words, about the challenges they overcame on their path to success.