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Joane Moceri, Ph.D, RN

Joane Moceri Highlight

What was it like being among the first in your family to go to college?

it was both exciting and frightening all at the same time. My parents always stressed the importance of attending college, but they did not know how to advise me. I l went to the local university without even a thought as to whether it would be a good fit for me. However, I found it to be a great adventure and I was determined to make it! I think it was determination and a close group of peers that contributed to my success.

Are there any unique challenges you faced as a First Generation student?

I struggled with knowing how to create a schedule and with knowing how much I really needed to study. it seemed like I had so much free time at first! I also needed to work, and looking back I could have benefited from some guidance in how to manage working while attending college. I also did not use the resources that were available, partly because I did not understand that it was okay to ask for help.

Do you have any advice for FGEN students at UP that are facing challenges?

Ask for help! There are lots of resources available. Also, while it might take a lot of effort, reach out to peers, join study groups, and get involved in campus life. It will add to your education and help you learn things that you might otherwise not, especially as a first gen student.

Did a mentor play a role in your FGEN experience?  How so?

I did not really have a mentor, but I had a close group of supportive friends who also studied nursing. We made it through nursing school as a team!

How do you feel your experience prepared you, both professionally and personally?

My experience taught me the value of determination, and to appreciate my education in ways that others may not. I also learned to have empathy for my students by remembering that we have some shared ex[experiences.

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