Spotlights on First-Generation Bobcats: Part II

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At the beginning of this semester, I spoke to several first-year students who are the first members of their immediate families to go to college. That article was the first in a series whereby we at The Bates Student will check-in with our trio at the beginning and end of each semester to see how they grow as students and as people. This is the second entry in that series.

Deandra “DJ” Hyman ’21 of Hartford, Connecticut looking to major in Asian Studies

What do you think of Bates so far?

So far, being on Bates Campus has been an eye opening experience. Thinking back on this last semester, I have encountered new experiences daily, whether academically or socially, and it has given me the chance to grow as a college student.

What groups have you become involved with?

I spend the majority of my time in Knit Wits but I am also a member of Caribbean Students Association (CSA).

What was the highlight of your semester?

It is hard to pinpoint a specific highlight. I often find small moments throughout my day that have added to the overall experiences of my semester. It can be the interesting conversations that I have in class or it can be learning a new phrase in my language classes.

What was something that challenged you significantly?

Something that challenged me significantly was finding a good method of time management and organization.

What are your goals for the winter semester?

My goal for the winter semester is to improve my study habits in my language classes.

Monica Luna ’21 of Avondale, Arizona/Adjuntas del Refugio, Mexico looking to major in Economics

What do you think of Bates so far?

I think Bates is a great school where you can be independent and find yourself. There are so many things that students can be a part of and explore but it relies on the person to open up and reach out. This year I believe I did that for myself and I am so thankful that I got to explore subjects inside and outside of my comfort zone.

What groups have you become involved with?

I am a part of the Student Affairs Committee and I work at the IT Help Desk.

What was the highlight of your semester?

The highlight of my semester had to be the moment I wrote a song with my friends Ian and Carlson. During our “Singer-Songwriter in History” class… I took over the lyrics while Ian and Carlson took over the music. It was a great moment for me because I felt like I was in my happy place. For me, I was writing poetry like I used to and it was so easy to do something I enjoyed.

What was something that challenged you significantly?

I took an Econ 101 course this semester and it was definitely challenging at first. I felt like I threw myself into something I had no knowledge of and my first exam really opened my eyes. I did not do great and that only made me feel so insecure about myself but after I talked to my friend Jennie, she encouraged me to keep going. I tried different methods of studying and I began to understand. I definitely do not feel 100 percent comfortable but I do know that it is possible for me to be great.

What are your goals for the winter semester?

My goals are to pursue Economics as my major. I am very excited and nervous because I want to explore before I declare, but I have amazing people in my life who will push me to take risks.

 

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