After college, I went on to also be the first in my family to obtain a masters and doctoral degrees.
Travis L. Martin
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I grew up on a farm in rural Mississippi. Attending college was something I dreamed about. I fulfilled my dream when I accepted a football scholarship to Mississippi Valley State University, a historically Black university (HBCU) located about an hour from my hometown. It was in my undergraduate collegiate career where I learned a great deal about myself and the world beyond my small family farm. After college, I went on to also be the first in my family to obtain a masters and doctoral degrees. My professional career has landed me here at the University of Michigan working to support college students in my role as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life. I enjoy working to help college students, especially those from marginalized backgrounds and/or who are first-generation college student find a sense of belonging.
Your advice for other First-Gen students
Although it may get challenging sometimes, know that you belong here. You are part of the University of Michigan. Seek out formal and informal mentors to help you navigate and find a sense of belonging here. Learn how to increase your financial literacy and other soft skills as they will propel you.