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  • A smiling black female UVU graduate in cap and gown, holding up her mortar board which reads, "Anyone from Anywhere can do Anything - UVU." Also pictured is the I Am First Mission statement: "Our mission: I Am First is committed to assisting first-generation students on their journey to achieve academic success and to create a legacy of hope for future generations."
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If neither of your parents hold a bachelor’s degree, then you are a first-generation college student and automatically a part of I Am First!

First-generation students (FGS) are pioneers in their families, often deciding to go to college at great personal and familial sacrifice. FGS come from every ethnic, racial, and religious background, and contribute to an increasingly diverse and inclusive UVU campus. The number of FGS attending UVU increases every year, and UVU is proud to welcome these students who wish to follow their dreams and receive a quality university education.


Completing a college degree program can be difficult, and even more so if you are trying to do it alone. I Am First connects you with a community of like-minded friends, mentors, and crucial campus resources to help you graduate.

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All first-generation students at UVU are automatically a part of I Am First. Stay updated on events and resources by following our social media (links below).

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Kailee Tapia (“Kai” rhymes with “Sky”), Freshman
Major: Digital Cinema
Quote: "Good leaders work to inspire themselves. Great leaders work to inspire others."

Kailee was born in Sandy, UT, but moved to Tremonton, UT when she was 8. She graduated from Bear River High School, where she was on Student Government her junior and senior year. She is the 3rd oldest of 6 children, and she and her twin sister are the first of their siblings to go to college. This is her first year at Utah Valley University, and she plans to attend all 4 years to obtain a bachelor’s degree in digital cinema, which will help her get closer to her goal of becoming a film director. Kailee joined I Am First to grow more as a leader and show other students that they can succeed in higher education. Kailee would like to continue learning more about being a leader and helping others achieve their goals. She wants to be an example for her siblings and other first-gen students and show them that they can accomplish anything as long as they work hard and give it everything they've got.

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