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From the Georgia First Generation Foundation, Project NextGen is a series that dives into what makes first-generation students the next generation of global leaders and forward thinkers. Georgia First interviews current first-generation college students, graduates, and successful leaders from different areas of work to learn about their upbringings, their mindset, and how they came to become successful first-generation advocates. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/georgiafirstgen/support

Project NextGen GA First Generation Foundation

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From the Georgia First Generation Foundation, Project NextGen is a series that dives into what makes first-generation students the next generation of global leaders and forward thinkers. Georgia First interviews current first-generation college students, graduates, and successful leaders from different areas of work to learn about their upbringings, their mindset, and how they came to become successful first-generation advocates. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/georgiafirstgen/support

    Caroline Twum

    Caroline Twum

    Caroline Twum is a first-generation Ghanaian American and an alumna of the University of Georgia where she studied biological sciences. She is currently a third-year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She plans to specialize in primary care or emergency but still remains very open to the many opportunities and possibilities that medicine provides. Caroline hopes to one day open a clinic in her father's hometown of Wenchi in the West African country of Ghana. This episode looks into her journey thus far and how she managed to persevere despite the current state of the world.


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    • 50 min
    Leri Argueta

    Leri Argueta

    Leri Argueta, MPA, serves as the inaugural Senior Assistant Director for Diversity Initiatives for the Georgia Institute of Technology. His role oversees the support, expansion, and advocacy for a growingly diverse and underserved student population across all academic divisions and majors. Argueta has served in several fellowship programs, including the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Policy Fellowship Program, the GALEO Institute for Leadership, and the North-American Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute. Argueta has been recognized with several accolades for his work in Diversity and Inclusion including the 2020 Lillian Williams Champion of Diversity Award, the 2021 Myron G. Burney Award for Inclusion and Access from the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, and the 2021 Dr. Bobby Gueh Leadership Award from the Georgia First Generation Foundation.


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    • 52 min
    Valyn Turner

    Valyn Turner

    Valyn Lyric Turner is a spoken word artist, actor, and singer-songwriter from Buford, Georgia. She is a 2019 graduate of Lanier High School and currently attends Boston University as a Posse scholar. In 2018, Valyn's passion for poetry took her to the national stage as representative for the state of Georgia in Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation contest sponsored by the NEA. She is now proud to have collaborated with numerous schools, businesses, and nonprofits across the country, including in her home county of Gwinnett, sharing her love of language in hopes of inspiring, empowering, and serving others through her craft. She is also the recipient of Georgia First's 2019 Dr. Bobby Gueh Leadership Award, recognizing community members for their outstanding achievements and ongoing contributions to first-generation students and the community.


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Chris Parra: One Year Later

    Chris Parra: One Year Later

    It has been one year since we interviewed Chris Parra, now a rising senior and Civil Engineering Student at Kennesaw State University. It has also been one year since the world responded to the Coronavirus pandemic with a shift in how we handle our routine. This special episode will look at how much has changed in one year for Chris, and how his aspirations have only gotten stronger since then.


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    • 43 min
    Gerardo Perez

    Gerardo Perez

    Gerardo Perez is the son of two Mexican immigrants from Cuamio, Michoacan, Mexico. He is a first-generation college graduate and the first one to venture into the corporate world. Gerardo grew up in Dalton, Georgia and upon finishing high school attended Georgia State University, where he graduated with degrees in Finance and Real Estate. He is now an investment banking analyst in the leveraged finance group at Bank of America, based out of New York.


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    • 39 min
    Octavio Aguado

    Octavio Aguado

    Octavio Jesus Aguado is an alumnus of the University of North Georgia where he studied Biology. He currently works at Valdosta State University as a Residence Hall Director. He is in a master’s program of Higher Education Leadership. He also volunteers as a graduation coach for high school students with the Hispanic Organization Promoting Education. He hopes to work with the Board of Regents of the University of Georgia because he wants to instil changes within undocumented student policies. 


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    • 40 min

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