"I needed narratives from people I could identify with, but instead, experiences like mine are erased, glossed over, an afterthought."
"By advocating for change and working to support other survivors, my story was no longer about him but about survivors and the community working together to create something more powerful than he ever was."
"Black history is very relevant now as we as a nation sort out a way to level the playing field. The past needs to be considered, and the American people need to have all the information."
"Unluckily for me, as a Hispanic woman, my “Equal Pay Day” doesn’t technically come until November. A whole 11 months after the ball drops on New Years, I will only just come to see the same amount of money my white male coworker saw while they were sipping on champagne at midnight under the fireworks."
"Just because I have distractions now doesn't mean my mental health problems are cured. I still find myself being sad sometimes."
"Sometimes, I wish my body looked different. Other times, I wish my face looked different. It’s always something. These desires to look like someone other than myself usually come from what I see on social media."
"As students, we’re bound to go through things that prevent us from performing at our best. We might be too afraid to reach out to our professors for help during these times. Or we might end up reaching out to our professors only to have our struggles brushed off and be turned away. Either situation hurts."
During First Generation Appreciation Week at MSU, hear about Campus Reporter SaMya Overall's experience with being a first generation college student herself.