In this oral history, Jayleen Solorzano, a first generation college student from Watsonville, California shares her experience at UCSD. Jayleen, a 21 year old, identifies as a Mexican-American woman. She reveals her journey when it comes to adapting to a college environment, as well as the persistence that is needed as a first-gen in college. She gives insight as to how her path has been and the steps she has taken to get to college. In this interview, the concepts of imposter syndrome, motivations for a higher education, and overcoming adversity are covered. This interview was done by Liana Perez, a Psychology major, at UCSD. Jayleen was able to convey her experience in college through a zoom call, as precautions for COVID-19, in order to fully express her story as a first-gen.
June 5, 2022
Jayleen Solorzano Oral History
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