As a freshman, navigating the transition from Portland, Oregon, to bustling Boston was like stepping into a whirlwind. Arriving mid-year, I found myself amidst the flurry of settling into campus life while feeling a step behind my peers who had started in the fall. The sudden drop-off by my parents highlighted the enormity of my decision to move across the country for college. However, amidst the chaos of adjusting to my new surroundings, Generation Conscious emerged as a beacon of possibility.
It was during my summer term in London that I stumbled upon an opportunity that would change the course of my college journey. While flipping through the (virtual) pages of the Newbury Center’s newsletter, I came across an open position at Generation Conscious. The timing felt serendipitous, as this coalition of like-minded innovators, dedicated to providing ecologically mindful hygiene products, felt like a sign guiding me toward something meaningful. 
Like many first-generation students, I often grappled with anxieties about navigating the vast sea of academia and the challenges of securing meaningful employment. Joining Generation Conscious wasn’t just about securing a fellowship; it was about finding a community where I felt seen and heard. Working with GenCo not only connected me with invaluable mentors but also allowed me to immerse myself in the BU community, particularly in areas of sustainability and first-generation advocacy. This work connected me with invaluable mentors, like GL, the founder of Generation Conscious, who provided raw and genuine advice. From refining my resume to exploring career paths, GL’s support has been instrumental in my personal and professional growth. Without the support of the Newbury Center, none of this would be possible.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my experience with Generation Conscious has been the freedom to explore my interests and abilities. Unlike traditional internships with predefined roles, I was encouraged to work on projects that aligned with my passions and career goals. Through GL’s connections, I had the opportunity to engage with professionals in various industries, from consulting to investment banking. This flexibility not only challenged me to step out of my comfort zone but also provided me with invaluable insights into potential career paths.
Through candid conversations and self-reflection, I was able to discern my strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations. With Generation Conscious’ guidance, I found the courage to pursue a path aligned with my values, moving beyond societal expectations. The decision to move from Oregon to Boston felt like a risky endeavor that I wished to hedge with certainty, seeking clear visions of potential outcomes. However, my experience with Generation Conscious revealed to me the possibility of transcending the ordinary. It allowed me to explore the many facets of my identity and interests, providing a foundation for my dreams that promises both excitement and success.
Reflecting on my journey with Generation Conscious, I’m filled with gratitude for the opportunities it has afforded me. Beyond tangible skills, it instilled in me a sense of agency and resilience. I’m committed to advocating for initiatives like GenCo, ensuring future generations have access to transformative opportunities. I know firsthand the transformative power of mentorship, community, and empowerment, and I believe that every student deserves the opportunity to discover their voice and realize their full potential. Generation Conscious isn’t just a program – it’s a catalyst for empowerment and change, one student at a time.
Thank you to the Newbury Center and Student Government for facilitating such a life changing moment for me, and countless other FGLI students on campus.

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