“I view it as my story, and it’s a matter of using your story to your advantage,” says Lisa Rangel ’92, a first-generation college student and alumna.
She’s also proud of how Cornell helped her and other first-generation students succeed. For instance, Rangel was the recipient of a grant funded by a fellow first-generation Cornellian, and that grant was one of the biggest reasons she could attend the university. That establishment of accessibility for first-generation students always stuck with her.
“I think Cornell has always done a nice job with admitting first-gen students and then really doing their best to get them to be here,” Rangel says.