Keene State College

Georgia Panagiotidis (2016)

My First Generation Story

My parents had an arranged marriage at a young age and moved to the United States from Greece to give their future family a better life.

For as long as I can remember, my mom always told me, “Mη ανησυχείς όλα θα είναι εντάξει,” which translates to “Don’t worry, everything will go well.” She taught me that if I want something, then I would have to go after it. I took her advice and decided that I wanted to go to college. My goals were to receive a higher education, get a wonderful job that I loved, and support my family.

I applied to schools that had a large population of first generation college students. Also, I made sure that the school I chose had resources to assist me with my transition academically.

I fell in love with Keene State College.It has become my home away from home and I have found this amazing community of people that inspire and support me every day. The decision that I made to attend college has made me unbelievably happy. I am now entering my third year at Keene State with a major in nursing. I love helping people and I believe that the medical field is where I belong. Whenever I think that school is getting difficult or stressful, I try to think about the letters I'll have at the end of my name when I become a nurse, and that motivates me to keep going.

After college, I plan on enrolling in a master’s program to become a nurse practitioner. Throughout my first two years at Keene State College I discovered that knowledge is something that can't be taken away from you.

I am proud that I can set a good example for my little sister, as she has expressed a desire to attend college too.
Being a first generation college student is such a rewarding experience because I have shown myself that anything is possible with hard work, determination and perseverance.

About the Student

Georgia Panagiotidis Resized

Georgia Panagiotidis is a junior nursing student at Keene State College. Growing up, she always loved helping others and giving back to her community. She is involved in different areas on campus and holds a variety of leadership positions. She hopes to become a nurse practitioner and become involved in nonprofit work.

Student Stats

Name: Georgia Panagiotidis (2016)
Age: 20
Year in School: Junior
Major: Nursing
Favorite Course: Acting: ID & Creative Process
Dream Job: Nurse Practitioner

About the School


Keene State College prepares promising students to think critically and creatively, to engage in active citizenship, and to pursue meaningful work. As the public liberal arts college of New Hampshire, we offer an enriching campus community and achieve academic excellence through the integration of teaching, learning, scholarship, and service.



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