University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Kinsley Fraser (2016)

My First Generation Story

Being a first generation college student was much like navigating through a dark room, stumbling along the way. Throughout the college search process, I had to figure out things on my own, not because my parents didn’t want to help me, but because they simply didn’t know how. Although this was frustrating at the time, I am very appreciative of the challenges that made me a stronger person.

After months of deliberation, my college choice decision was solidified when I was awarded the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s (UNCG) Guarantee Scholarship. This program is specific to the university and was everything a first generation college student could ask for. Coming from an extremely small high school, the thought of college was intimidating; the Guarantee Program helped minimize these feelings by introducing us to a family of students from similar backgrounds. This program also provided wraparound support throughout my undergraduate journey, and I even worked as an office intern which opened the door for numerous opportunities. As a Guarantee Scholar, I was also given the opportunity to study abroad in Mexico and Costa Rica. These were life-changing experiences for which I will forever be grateful for.

Also during my time at UNCG, I had the opportunity to intern with Amazon. This 10-week experience in Charleston, Tennessee helped me grow in ways I never expected. I learned the importance of leading by example and managing an efficient team, along with many other skills that I use daily. At the end of my time there, I could feel the growth and was reminded of the importance of taking risks to experience new opportunities.

I am reminded everyday of the importance of being a first generation college student. We break barriers that most students do not face, which goes to show students similar to us that they can too.

About the Student

Kinsley Fraser Resized

Kinsley Fraser graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in information technology. She has received a full time position with'Say Yes to Education's Guilford County chapter as their scholarship coordinator. 

Student Stats

Name: Kinsley Fraser (2016)
Age: 22
Year in School: Recent Gradute
Major: Business Administration with a minor in Information Technology
Favorite Course: Managing Diversity in Organizations
Dream Job: Data Analyst/Student Support

About the School


The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a challenging, supportive and engaged community where learning is carried forward to “Do something bigger altogether.” Founded in 1891, UNCG is the largest and most diverse university in the Triad, serving more than 19,000 students. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make.



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