Transitions, Too Story – Capria Berry

Being a first-generation college student, I had no idea how to navigate my campus. I had been lucky enough to have a college counselor in high school who helped me through the application process. Once I got to campus, I was lost. My journey through undergrad was 5 years and for so long I thought that meant I had failed. I went into the field of Student Affairs and wanted to work at a college as an administrator because administrators in my life helped me get to graduation. I wanted to pay it forward and help students who are first-generation and from low-income backgrounds just like me. If I could give once piece of advice to my first-year self it would be, “ask for help sooner”. I got to college and thought I had to pretend like I knew what to do. I needed help academically and with the adjustment socially to college, but I didn’t ask for it until later. I would have been much happier if I had been honest with myself and those around me. #proudtobefirstgen