Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Tiffany LeFevre (2011)

My First Generation Story

College has always been on my mind. As a child, I knew no one in my family ever attended an institute of higher education. I was determined to earn a degree and show my family that defying the odds and chasing your dreams are possible with hard work and dedication.

Being a first generation college student, I struggled with obstacles other students did not encounter. I was unsure how to pay for tuition and did not know what to expect in the classroom. My friends had parents who went to college and told stories of what professors expected, but my parents were unable to give me advice. Also, I have had trouble getting my family to understand the demands of college. They have been upset when I do not have time to socialize and relax at home because of a full course load and part-time job.

I choose to enroll in Bloomsburg University because it is close to home. I am able to attend college by commuting from home, which allows me to work part-time. Bloomsburg has exceptional professors who have helped me throughout the last four years. I have learned so much in the classroom and in the (special education) field due to professors’ encouragement. Some of these instructors have gone out of their way to help me with assignments from other classes, provide me with resources to increase my understanding and even just talk to me when no one else would listen. They have been very understanding and sympathetic about family struggles, and I am grateful to all of the professors who have guided, supported and pushed me to where I am today.

Being a soon-to-be first generation college graduate is an accomplishment and reward in itself. As my graduation approaches, my family is excited and finding it hard to believe I will be a classroom teacher. My father jokes that at home I “lecture” to my family as if they are in a classroom. He tells me I do not need to do this, because they will understand what I am saying with “common talk.” He has been very persistent about my brother and me going to college to make a better life for ourselves. He wants me to live a long and successful life without enduring the financial burdens my family has experienced.

One of my biggest motivations to attend college was my grandfather. Unfortunately, I do not remember him, because he passed away when I was a baby. He was in the Army for 23 years and worked hard to support his family and our country. His work ethic, love for his family and country inspires me to uphold those traditions. As a teacher I will be able to touch the lives of the country’s future. I will work hard to ensure students will understand concepts and are able to put forth positive contributions to society.

About the Student

Tiffany LeFevre

Tiffany LeFevre, 22, of Bloomsburg, became interested in special education during high school while helping students in her school’s Life Skills classroom. In addition to working at a local daycare center and tutoring special needs children, she enjoys kayaking with her boyfriend, scrapbooking and spending time at the beach.  

Student Stats

Name: Tiffany LeFevre (2011)
Age: 22
Year in School: Senior
Major: Elementary Education/Special Education
Favorite Course: Methodology to Elementary Special Education
Dream Job: Special Education Teacher

About the School

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Building on a rich history of academic excellence as one of 14 public universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Bloomsburg University prepares and inspires students to become dynamic and confident leaders by offering more than 80 programs leading to bachelor's degrees, 19 graduate programs leading to master's degrees and a doctorate in audiology, 390 full-time faculty with 90 percent holding terminal degrees and accredited programs through all four of its colleges. Bloomsburg University serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

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