Celebrating first-generation college students

In Engineering Education, Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment, Featured, News

Nov. 8 marks First Generation Day, as part of the University of Florida’s First-Generation college students’ weeklong celebration. This was selected as the date for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

The Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment (ESSIE) has published a series of interviews of a few of our first-generation students.

Fabiana Janeth Gonzalez, environmental Engineering junior

Fabiana Janeth Gonzalez is an environmental engineering junior on a mission to protect the environment from climate change. Her journey started with environmental activism in Miami and led her to UF.

Anthony Perez Ortegon, Civil Engineering Junior

Anthony Perez Ortegon is a first-gen college student and a civil engineering junior. His journey is about determination and growth. He’s not only made the Dean’s List but is already working on his Master’s in Structural Engineering. His passion extends to the UF Eckhoff Steel Bridge team team, where he’s gone from a team member to Administrative Lead and now Project Manager.

Donald Stowell-Moore, Civil Engineering Senior

Donald Stowell-Moore is a civil engineering senior who turned his YouTube education into a passion for science and engineering. He’s been part of the UF Eckhoff Steel Bridge Team, helping them secure two National Championships!