Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Jason Moomau (2016)

My First Generation Story

Being a first-generation college students comes with many challenges, but I see these challenges as goals. I plan on being the first person in my family to graduate with a college degree, and often find myself persevering because I hope to achieve this goal.

It is difficult to not have those closest to me (my family) be able to mentor me through college, however, there are so many people at IUP, whether they are professors or peers, who want to see every student succeed, and those people are the ones who help me during this rough time. Much of the reason I’ve been able to stay in school is because of the preparation of the Upward Bound program. This program, including its staff, helped me to know that I could make it in college; it took away the fear of the unknown. Working in the Office of Financial Aid also helped me to better understand finances and how to navigate financial aid and paying for college.

The Upward Bound program and my supervisor in the Office of Financial Aid also taught me that help is available, and that I just need to ask. When I was having a difficult time with classes, I went to my faculty advisor. She reassured me that I was going to make it, and got me to take advantage of the free tutoring at IUP. I picked myself up and got through that difficult semester, and I have a 3.0 in my nursing major.

About the Student

Jason Moomau

Jason Moomau is from a small town in Indiana County. He participated in the Upward Bound Math and Science program at IUP during his senior year of high school, and it made him know he could go to college and succeed. He is a student worker in the Office of Financial Aid and also mentors students in the Upward Bound program.

Student Stats

Name: Jason Moomau (2016)
Age: 18
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Nursing
Favorite Course: Contemporary Women's Wellness
Dream Job: Physician's assistant or nurse practitioner

About the School


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.



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