Making a Difference: Heidi Pineda’s Path of Empowering Others

Learn how Heidi Pineda fostered her love of helping others to support fellow students at UConn and hopes to continue doing so in her future work!

By Lily Guberman
Lily Guberman Marketing Assistant
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3 Ways First-Generation Students Can Accelerate the Internship or Job Search with Social Media 

Would you have thought social media could help you find a job? Explore these ways to utilize social media in your search!

By Daneya Alvarez
Daneya Alvarez
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Student Success Story – Erica Day

Erica Day is a UConn Senior majoring in Marketing Management. Read on to learn about her career journey and college experience!

By Daneya Alvarez
Daneya Alvarez
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Adjusting to Big Changes, Seeking Out New Opportunities: Adjusting to new campus as a First-Generation Student  

It can be overwhelming to transition from one campus to another, but don’t worry, you got this! Paige shares some advice to adjusting to a new environment and resources that you can access online and in-person.

By Paige Mitchell
Paige Mitchell DEI Career Ambassador
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Go Get Yourself an Internship!  

Internships are great ways to gain real world experience and build hard and soft skills. Learn about Jarrin’s journey from intern to full-time hire at Traveler’s Insurance!

By Jarrin Araujo
Jarrin Araujo
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Alumni Spotlight: Alumni Success Story: Kaitlyn Bruneau

Meet Kaitlyn Bruneau, a licensed clinical social worker and is currently a senior cognitive behavioral therapist. She is a UConn Alum from the class of ’13 graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The Center for Career Development sat down with Kaitlyn to hear more about her experience as a first-generation student and how that has impacted her throughout her career!

By Amanda Rutha
Amanda Rutha
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Alumni Spotlight: Fernando Alfonso III

Meet Fernando Alfonso III, a senior supervising editor at NPR and an Adjunct Faculty Member at Morehouse College. He is a UConn Alum form the class of ’09 graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English.The Center for Career Development sat down with Fernando to hear more about his experience as a first generation student and how that has impacted him throughout his career!

By Mary Malerba
Mary Malerba Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
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Alumni Spotlight: Shihab Khalfalla

Class of 2023 alumni Shahib Khalfalla shares his experiences as a first-generation professional, and offers advice to first-generation students on how to find support and resources.

By Mary Malerba
Mary Malerba Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
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Overcoming Career Anxiety as a First-Generation Student

Have you experienced career anxiety? Not knowing what career path you want to take can be extremely stressful, but there are things you can do to alleviate this stress! Read on for tips and advice to reduce your career anxiety.

By Paige Mitchell
Paige Mitchell DEI Career Ambassador
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Nidhi Nair: Student Success Blog

Learn about senior Economics Major Nidhi Nair ’23, her career journey so far and the Schwartzman Scholar Program she will be participating in after graduation!

By Alexis Staten
Alexis Staten
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