To celebrate national first-generation week, we spoke with a few of our first-generation alum. Jeffrey Owusu ’19 graduated from Binghamton University with a Master’s in Student Affairs Administration. Currently, he is an Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE) Academic Advisor at Lehman College.
What do you like about your current role/career?
I love the fact that I can advocate for and assist students in their academic, professional and personal progression as they navigate the college experience
What does it mean to you to be a first-generation professional?
To be a first-generation professional means to be a role model for students who share a similar background and know that they too can be successful no matter where they come from
What were some programs and resources that helped you during your academic career?
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Tutoring, Peer Mentor, Black Studies Department, Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society (XAE)
Were you involved in any extracurriculars? If so, what were they and how did they shape your college experience?
I was involved in many extra-curriculars such as Residence Life, Admissions, Greek Life, Study Abroad, Orientation, Athletic and Wellness and Dance Team. I wanted to have the full college experience and take advantage of every opportunity that came my way. Every extra-curricular I was involved in required some sort of sacrifice, but I was willing to do that if it meant I can improve my college life and thus my personal life too. I didn’t want any opportunity to pass me by and I have no regrets about my college experience. I did everything I wanted to do during that wonderful time.
What is some advice you would offer other first generation Binghamton University college students?
My advice to any first-generation Binghamton students is to never stop learning. Never stop putting yourself out there. Take advantage of opportunities in college that promote self-growth, self-knowledge and self-discovery. College is a time to explore and try new things that work for you or maybe don’t work for you. But you will never know until you take that leap of faith!
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