In honor of First-Generation College Student Celebration Month, UA Little Rock is profiling some of its outstanding first-generation students and alumni.
Lakeisha Falls is a first-generation UA Little Rock nursing faculty member from Blytheville, Arkansas.
What does it mean to you to be a first-generation student?
Being a first-generation student means that I can pave the way for my younger family members. I have enjoyed being a role model, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others. I hope to encourage others to set high standards and then meet those standards.
How did your family react when you told them you wanted to earn a college degree?
They were very supportive and made sure that I had access to the resources necessary to be successful.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of college so far?
Networking and creating lifelong friendships. I learned so much from my peers and it truly changed my way of thinking.
What made you choose to work at UA Little Rock?
I received three degrees from here, and I really loved the culture. It is definitely a student friendly university, and there are so many resources available to increase student success. I wanted to give back to the university that believed in me. It is my goal to be a mentor to others as they navigate adulthood.
Do you have any advice for future first-generation students?
My advice is to stand out and set high goals for yourself. Life is going to happen, and things will not always go as planned, but take that as an opportunity to become a stronger person. Hardships are truly life lessons that make us tougher.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I am thankful for the support that I received from TRIO and the Chancellor’s Leadership Corp. I was given preview to many opportunities that helped me to become successful in my career.