To celebrate national first-generation week, we spoke with a few of our first-generation alum. Logann Dolan received her Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing in 2018 and went on to complete her MBA in 2019. She is currently a Career Coach at Eastern Michigan University.
What do you like about your current role/career?
I love that I am able to help students explore and discover their passions and pursue meaningful careers that they will enjoy! It feels so rewarding to be in a position to give back and to support students facing challenges in their academic careers.
What does it mean to you to be First Generation?
To me, First Generation means making my family proud despite all the setbacks, limitations and adversity. It means making a statement and setting examples for siblings, and also others who are in the same position.
What were some programs and resources that helped you during your academic career?
- The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development
- School of Management Career Services
- School of Management Transfer Orientation Event
- Binghamton University Housing & Residence Life
- National Residence Hall Honorary, Rho Lambda Chapter
Were you involved in any extracurriculars? If so, what were they and how did they shape your college experience?
Being an RA on campus in addition to my involvement in many student organizations allowed me to gain valuable skills and leadership qualities I still utilize today. Getting involved is easy, staying involved allows you to continue growing as an individual and also your personal network. I gained many connections (who are/were also first gen) that I now can call colleagues and personal friends.
What is some advice you would offer other first generation Binghamton University college students?
When times get tough and you’re faced with adversity, remember that you’re not just doing this for you–you’re doing this for your parents, younger siblings, and setting an example to those just like you: pursuing the first college degree within your family.
How can students connect with you?