"I love the GEAR UP program because it makes me feel like I have a sense of belonging as a first generation student. The GEAR UP program focuses on all their students and to me that is so important. As a GEAR UP student it has opened so many opportunities to volunteer with my community, meeting new and other GEAR UP students, and is now helping me start an amazing GEAR UP club on campus. Not only that, I get to make great connections with other staff and students on campus. To all new incoming students I would highly recommended to become involved on campus and don't be afraid to ask questions. As we are all growing as students we are not always going to know the answer to everything and that is okay, we just have to trust in the help that is being offered to us."