Angel Davison, Café assistant/Caterer
Associate’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management (Ashworth Community College); Business Degree in Food Service Gourmet and Catering; currently working on Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management (Art Institute)
1. Why did you decide to attend college?
I wanted to set a good example for my children, and to further my education in a field that I have a passion for.
2. What were some of the challenges you faced as a first-generation college student, and how did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge I faced was balancing school, work, being a single mother, and having a social life – all with no support system. I overcame this challenge by cutting out distractions and prioritizing my daily schedule better.
3. What have been some of the payoffs for attending college?
Completing college assisted me with finding a better paying job with benefits… My tuition is paid through my retirement benefits so I’m not in debt with college loans.
4. If you could go back in time and change anything about your college career, what would it be and why?
I think I would change the age I decided to start college. It should have been a decision I made fresh out of high school [versus] being 28 with a family and other distractions.
5. If you could give any advice to current and/or future first-generation college students, what would you say?
As an adult, it’s easy to get distracted from your goals and responsibilities when you don’t have your parents to constantly guide you on the right path. I found it helpful to associate myself with people/friends that have the same ambition and goals as I do. When you do this, you become each other’s support team and the “college life” doesn’t seem that hard. If your group of friends are all about clubbing and the social scene before studying and doing their homework, that’s not the crowd for you (unless you can multi-task very well.) A committed relationship, marriage, pregnancy, alcohol, drugs, and sometimes even a part-time job are all distractions from accomplishing your goal of earning good grades and graduating.