Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Kiani Lozada (2016)

My First Generation Story

It was a big deal for me to leave Philadelphia, a major city on the eastern side of Pennsylvania, to travel five hours away to rural western Pennsylvania. I am the first in my family to attend college, so my first year was a year full of adjusting, experiencing, learning, and living a true college experience by taking the opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone.

One of my initial reasons for choosing IUP was financial; it was the
best fit for me in terms of cost. Then, when I visited the campus and checked out the Communications Media department, I saw great potential with what I could do with that major—I knew I could truly learn at IUP and gain the experience needed in the real world. I'm doing an internship this summer with Voice of America in D.C.!

About the Student

Kiani Lozada Resized

I was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the continental United States when I was about 3-years-old. Philadelphia is the place where I've lived the longest, after Puerto Rico, and I graduated from the Arts Academy of Benjamin Rush, Class of 2013, where my major was Instrumental Music. After earning a full tuition scholarship, I decided to attend IUP, where I was able to pursue media production after discovering it through a course in high school.

Student Stats

Name: Kiani Lozada (2016)
Age: 21
Year in School: Senior
Major: Communications Media (Theater Minor)
Favorite Course: Advanced Communications Graphics
Dream Job: Media Production

About the School


Founded in 1875, IUP is a vibrant, comprehensive, research-based, teaching-focused, student-centered learning community. IUP combines the academic opportunities of a large university with the highly personalized and intimate learning-centered environment of a small college.  

Almost 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in our accredited and nationally recognized programs, enjoying traditional and nontraditional classroom experiences, engaging in research and service activities with their faculty mentors, becoming lifelong learners, preparing for rewarding careers and productive lives, and developing leadership skills for effective citizenship.



  • Kellee Edmonds
    Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
    (202) 478-4662