In honor of First-Generation College Student Celebration Month, UA Little Rock is profiling some of its outstanding first-generation students.
Chaney Callahan is a senior psychology major from Bryant, Arkansas.
What does it mean to you to be a first-generation student?
To be a first-generation student is very special to me. It means I am a motivated woman who wants to make a difference with her education and career field. It also means that I am doing something most people don’t get the chance to do, so I am blessed beyond measure.
How did your family react when you told them you wanted to go to college?
My family was very supportive of my choice to attend college. They continue to help me to this day in whatever way they can.
What made you choose UA Little Rock?
I wasn’t ready to leave home just yet at such a young age. I also felt that there was a certain kind of magic here at UA Little Rock, and I believe I can do my best to make a difference on this campus.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
After graduating with my bachelor’s degree, I plan to pursue education by obtaining my master’s degree in social work. Then, my next stop is my doctoral degree unless I find a program where I can obtain a master’s and doctoral degree at the same time.
Do you have any advice for future first-generation students?
If something is meant for you, then it will be for you. Everything you want and need is already yours. You just have to claim it.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I come from a very rough background of living in foster care. I never thought that I would choose a good path and attend college and have the amazing people that I do in my life. The people in my life now have taught me hope, love and true happiness. Always remember to be mindful and kind no matter what is done to you. Don’t let anyone or anything change the good in you.