Georgia Southwestern State University

Wayndaysha Stanbury (2013)

My First Generation Story

Everyone has disadvantages and advantages in life. Working with these elements is how I became the person I am today. I am a person that is learning and willing to continue to do so. During my high school years I let my disadvantages change my perspective on life. Although I had a positive attitude about everyone else, I was negative towards myself, thinking I couldn’t amount to much. My life took a twirl when I made the decision to attend college. Because I would be the first in the household to attend college, I knew it would be quite a process. I went through many difficulties trying to get there, which resulted in me starting college one year later. Letting that factor affect me, I struggled throughout my freshman year trying to play the “catch up” game. I just wanted to catch up to where I was supposed to be, but where I was was where I needed to be.

In addition to academics, I was learning more about myself, too. Leaving my high school years behind, I began to excel and do what I couldn’t do earlier in life, which is be a part of organizations such as the Gospel Choir, the Orientation Team, the Residence Hall Association, and more. As a college student I had to learn what load I could handle and what was really important. As a freshman I made myself become a busybody to ignore the fact that I was confused and insecure on what I wanted to do in life. However, a year later I came to the realization that I want to do many things. I am an expressive and articulate person that wants to help people that showcase the same negative characteristics I once had.

I plan on furthering my education as far as I can, helping people discover their talent and passion to use it as a coping method and as motivation. I also plan on one day working for the American Dance Therapy Association, and then eventually opening my own practice (where it will be more than just dance). I have many plans for my future and will succeed one step at a time. Although there will be odds against me at times, I simply will look back and reflect on my complications of trying to attend and finish college. As I mentioned before, I learned to turn my disadvantages into advantages.

About the Student

Wayndaysha Stanbury

Wayndaysha Stanbury, a first generation student, is a sophomore studying psychology at Georgia Southwestern State University, where she is also a participant in TRiO/Student Support Services.

Student Stats

Name: Wayndaysha Stanbury (2013)
Age: 20
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Psychology
Favorite Course: Introduction to Sociology
Dream Job: Dance therapist w/ American Dance Therapy Association

About the School


Georgia Southwestern State University cultivates excellence in learning and teaching that encourages intellectual, personal, and social growth for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Georgia Southwestern State University is a comprehensive state university within the University System of Georgia that offers a full range of bachelor degree programs, along with selected master’s and specialist degree programs.



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