Kirsten Larican Garcia

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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.

Kirsten Larican Garcia, UW Tacoma first-generation student.What does being First Gen mean to you?
First Gen to me means reinforcing the importance of earning a college degree. My parents had my twin sister and I when they were very young and weren’t able to attend college, so this opportunity is dedicated to them and their sacrifices.

What challenges have you experienced?
After entering college, I was faced with challenges learning how to navigate the system on my own. But I have found people who have supported me throughout my college career.

What strengths do you draw upon to persist?
My grandparents worked long hours in poor working conditions to provide for our family after emigrating from the Philippines. It’s from these experiences that I find empowerment and resilience in overcoming adversity.

Who supports you?
With love and support from my family and the help of mentors on campus and in the community, I have gained skills and knowledge that constantly push me to persist and to become the best version of myself.

What’s your major?
I am a senior in healthcare leadership.

What advice do you have for other First Generation UWT students?
Continue to work hard because there’s no telling what you can accomplish. There will always be people on the sidelines rooting and supporting you through your endeavors.

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Written: 
June 5, 2018