I was fortunate to have supportive parents who stressed the importance of a college education, even though they did not have that opportunity themselves. Like many first-gen students, I needed generous financial aid, including Pell Grants, Perkins Loans, and work study, to pay for my education.
My name is Paula Maria Koszyk and I was born in Zagorz, Poland. Going through elementary school not knowing English always made me feel like an outcast. I always envied other students that could rely on their parents for help with homework, but my parents were learning from me instead of vice versa.
  Cindy Seyfer Senior Associate Director of Student Employment, Retention, Athletics, Advantage Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid The University of Iowa
My journey as a first-generation college student begin in 2003 that includes my experience with faith, humility, and courage! I have had the privilege and opportunity of being a college student for the past 15 years of my life in pursuit of my dreams of being a college professor.