Hanan A. Gumale

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First-generation students, who don't have a family history of higher education, are a group that makes 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.

Hanan A. Gumale, UW Tacoma first-generation student.What does being First Gen mean to you?
I get to pave the way for my siblings and future children.

What challenges have you experienced?
My biggest challenge has been explaining how difficult and time consuming school can be to my parents. They never had the opportunity to go to college or have the same privilege as me.

What strengths do you draw upon to persist?
I know that my struggles will become lessons for my siblings that are right behind me. As the oldest child, I know I’m setting the bar.

Who supports you?
My brothers have been the most supportive in their own way. They always challenge me to go higher and do better.

What’s your major?
I am a junior, with a major in politics, philosophy and economics.

What advice do you have for other First Generation UWT students?
Set up goals that you want to achieve every quarter. Reflect on what you did well and what you need to improve on.

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June 5, 2018