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Mina Quesen, First 30 at Princeton, Gets Ready for Her Next Chapter

by Mina Quesen, Class of 2023

Three weeks ago, I was packing my things and getting ready to leave sunny Florida for Princeton University. Although I can’t seem to escape the Florida heat—even in New Jersey—I’ve found myself in a whole new world ready for discovery. I’ve met people from across the globe, found new challenges in classes, and even gotten rubber chickens stuck on the ceiling. My experience with Princeton’s Freshman Scholar Institute—a summer program for incoming freshmen who are connected as first-generation, low-income students—has been irreplaceable. 

The interim between high school and the start of fall term allows me to ease into college life and to learn about the campus before the rest of the students arrive. I’ve already learned the importance of using a planner and keeping a budget since events—and expenses—quickly add up. 

I’m learning to take things in stride and push forward when faced with challenges, especially when it comes to classes. My greatest challenge, thus far, is learning that it’s okay when I don’t understand something on the first try. My coding class taught me very quickly that there will be times when I’ll be totally lost, but there are always resources waiting to guide me out of the dark. I must seek them out.

Even after these last few weeks, I’m still excited. I’m excited about new ideas and memories I’ve yet to make. I don’t know if the allure of Princeton will ever wear off for me, especially when I hope to continue to be excited by endless possibilities.

UnidosNow touring colleges with “First Generation” future college students

Palmetto and Sarasota High School students visited four colleges and universities of different types in Central Florida. Students visited Southeastern University, UCF, Stetson and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in a two-day whirlwind tour. Six parents came along to learn about college life and college admission process.

Students’ Quotes

“The best part of this all was going to all of these fantastic schools and really getting a visual of just how great college life is going to be . I also got to gain very much needed information that will later help me in the future.”

“I really enjoyed having some of the admission people tell us the honest truth. Also how each university had its own unique feel and personality to it. I personally loved that so much. That each college is great in it’s own way like people are but some aren’t just for me. I also really enjoyed how the universities each had their own wag of presenting.”

“The best experience I got from our 2 day field trip was the seminar explaining UCF and their programs and also hearing the college student’s testimony. It was also sharing rooms with the other UnidosNow students and getting to know each other better. ”

“The best experience I had was when we visited UCF and the students who go there talked about their experience at UCF. But the girl who talked was just like if she knew what I was going through everything she said I can relate to how she felt she wasn’t good enough to go to a college like UCF and she made me feel really confident about myself and that I can go to any school I want and be anything I can in life”.

Sarasota High School Workshop

Parents and students from Sarasota High School’s FLA Program participated in a workshop. They learned what the factors are that colleges consider in the admission process. Additionally, parents and students suggested wonderful ideas for UnidosNow fund-raising projects to help finance college entrance education activities.

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