College of Health and Human Performance

Celebrating First-Generation Day

November 8, 2023

On National First-Generation College Day, we celebrate the determination, resilience and accomplishments of those who are the first in their families to pursue higher education.

Join us in celebrating our first-generation students and learn more about these trailblazers and their achievements. Read about two first-generation college students in the College of Health & Human Performance and hear their advice.

"As the generation of new beginnings, it is amazing to see how my actions serve as the precedent for the next. I have two younger sisters who are nearing high school and have already committed to upholding the Gator tradition. Seeing such an impact was uplifting as it shows once we take a chance to raise our own expectations, we raise the dreams and expectations for future generations."

Kaniya Battle

Applied Physiology & Kinesiology ’24
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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"My advice would be to take your time. Take it all in. The time really does fly by fast and you can get caught up in trying to do too much all at once. Learn to find balance with your schoolwork and extracurriculars so that you can make the most of your experience."

Dustin Campbell

Applied Physiology & Kinesiology ’24
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

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