Testimonials From Students, Mentors, and Parents
“If you have any doubts about joining the FTG Program, dismiss them! Joining was one of the best decisions I made my Freshman year. They are a group of loving, supportive, and genuine people who care about your story and your development. I feel lucky to be part of this program and to be able to call them my friends and family.”
Jordyn Wedell, C/O 2020, First to Go Scholar 2016-17
“Before going into college I felt alone. I was going to go through a whole new experience, and I wouldn’t be able to relate to anyone in my family. I’m not a very sociable person, so I find it difficult to make friends, and since I’m a commuter, I felt like it would be ten times harder because I would be at home most of the time. When I found the FTG Program, I thought, “Maybe I’ll be able to find at least one person I can talk to while I’m on campus.” And when I showed up to the program, I saw that they were some of the most amazing people I had ever met. Not only do I have people to talk to, but I find myself spending more time on campus than I do at home just so I can see them. Joining the FTG Program was the best decision I have ever made.”
Daniel Penuela, C/O 2020, First to Go Scholar 2016-17
The First To Go program has really helped me transition from high school to college by offering a great base of support. I now have a strong group of friends who I can always rely on thanks to this program. The amazing mentors also offer support whenever I need it. Not to mention, the large First To Go community itself is always friendly and vibrant. This program has exposed me to many resources that are offered at LMU, which I would have otherwise never found. I definitely encourage other first-generation students to join this program over the years because of the strong support that this program offers.
Kevin Mazariegos, business administration major and First To Go Scholar
“The First to Go Program opened a lot of opportunities for me that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. It let me find a community where I felt like I belonged and it gave me the chance to grow as a person. Along with that, I loved how the program gave me the constant support and encouragement I needed in order for me to tackle my more challenging academic courses and to go beyond my comfort zone. I’m truly thankful that this program has given me amazing networking opportunities, friends, and most importantly made LMU a home away from home”
Dion Dang, C/O 2020, First to Go Scholar 2016-17
"We knew LMU was an outstanding university, and we were both honored and excited that Sarina was accepted. Nonetheless, taking the first steps to accepting admission was unfamiliar and a bit scary. Dr. Rease-Miles was so generous with her time and so supportive of Sarina having the best college experience. The First To Go Program has solidified our decision to join the LMU family and we are so grateful for all of their help and support."
Sandy Ortiz, Parent