I am a first generation college student. I did not understand or realize the implications of the challenges I would meet as I was navigating my college years and it is only now that I am beginning to understand that I overcame adversity that statics say should have kept me down. What an honor to give presentations at the recent Music Association of California Community Colleges Conference where I was able to share the challenges for first generation college students and discuss ways to provide resources and help them succeed; changing the trajectory of their family lineage.
It is possible to have fun, be learning, and taking risks, all at the same time. Here I am with a little “free time” on my hands and I decided to take apart the dryer to see if I could figure out what makes it tick. Worse case scenario, I’ll have to pay someone to come and fix it and put it back together. Best case scenario, I’ll have fixed it, learned something new, and had fun doing it. I’m already on the way to success as two of the three have already happened! There can be joy, excitement, and benefits in taking risks, go for it!