California State University, Stanislaus

Brittany Davis (2017)

My First Generation Story

I never thought I would be in the position I am today. I am a first-generation college student and never thought about going to college.

I began working at a young age to help take care of my family. After working in the mortgage industry for over six years and getting laid off, I decided I wanted to take a different path in life. I began not knowing where it would lead me, and have found gaining an education to be an exciting experience that I will benefit from for the rest of my life.

I will be attending graduate school to become a PA, or pathology assistant. I am currently working in a pathology lab and being trained in the field. I am majoring in biology and psychology with a minor in chemistry.

During summer and fall 2016, I participated in an internship in Bangkok, Thailand, thanks to a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. I assisted doctors and nurses with basic patient care and performed surgeries under the supervision of the lead surgeon.

I have always had a humanitarian side to me, volunteering whenever I can. In addition to my volunteering with Phi Mu and other organizations on campus, I regularly spend my time assisting the homeless community. At least twice a week, my mother and I travel around the city of Modesto to provide assistance to those in need.

Some of the various things we do include providing clothing such as socks, jackets and blankets. We also provide them with food, such as taking them to dinner or bringing water and snacks. In Modesto, most of the people we encounter have dogs, so we provide food and snacks for them as well. I hope to one day be able to create transitional living facilities to help those in need get back on their feet.

I graduate in 2018, and no matter where my journey leads, I will persevere and help others in the process.

About the Student

Brittany Davis Resized

Brittany Davis grew up in Southern California and went to work directly after high school. A layoff turned her eyes toward college. She is majoring in biological sciences and psychology, working in a pathology lab and planning a career as a pathology assistant.

Student Stats

Name: Brittany Davis (2017)
Age: 25
Year in School: Senior
Major: Biological Sciences and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry
Favorite Course: Bacteriology
Dream Job: Pathology Assistant

About the School

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Stanislaus State is a part of the California State University system, which serves the largest and most ethnically and economically diverse student body in the nation. The Turlock campus serves 10,004 students. Its freshman class is three-quarters first-generation students, 66 percent Latino and 16 percent white. California State University, Stanislaus strives to become a major center of learning, intellectual pursuit, artistic excellence and cultural engagement for the state’s Central Valley and beyond. We will serve our diverse student body, communities and state by creating programs, partnerships and leaders that respond effectively to an evolving and interconnected world.



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