University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Anna Poteat (2017)

My First Generation Story

My name is Anna Poteat, and I am a senior at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). UNCG is a place where I have been able to explore new interests and improve the skills I previously developed.

Being a first generation college student has empowered and encouraged me to finish my undergraduate degree. I am proud to say that I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography on May 12, 2017. After four years of hard work, dedication and service, I will be the first in my family to have a degree.

I decided to attend UNCG because I honestly did not know what I wanted to study, and I didn’t know how to navigate the college experience. I figured staying close to home would allow me to help my family financially, and would allow me to explore my academic interests. After my first semester at UNCG, I fell in love with the campus. I quickly became involved with orientation, leadership & service learning, and intercultural engagement. I began spending more time on campus and getting to know the community. Many of the administrators, staff members and faculty on campus are first generation college students!

I was surrounded by people that were invested in my success as a student. I was also surrounded by an atmosphere of diversity where I was able to experience different cultures and languages without leaving campus. Being a first generation college student gave me a unique lens with which to view college, and it also inspired my path post-graduation.
In the fall I will be returning to UNCG to pursue a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs. I have a passion for helping first generation students and their families transition into the university community. I want to educate and empower these families to take charge of their college investment. I want to empower this community by preparing them with the knowledge needed to be successful in college. Simply put, I would like to equip students to be their own advocates on campus.

Being a first generation college student has changed my life, and I hope to be a positive influence in the lives of others in my future career!

About the Student

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Anna Poteat is from Greensboro, N.C. Anna is pursuing a degree in geography with a concentration in Earth science and environmental studies. She  has an amazing list of accomplishments and is active within the UNCG community. She has served on the Spartan Orientation Staff, the Provost Student Advisory Committee, and as a Peer Leadership Educator. She is also the recipient of the Parent Family Advisory Council Scholarship, as well as the Bronze and Silver Medallion Leadership Challenge awards. She will graduate in May, 2017 and says of her career objective, “I wish to encourage, empower and educate students in higher education.”

Student Stats

Name: Anna Poteat (2017)
Age: 21
Year in School: Senior
Major: Geography
Favorite Course: Biogeography
Dream Job: Administrator at a Higher Education Institution

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