Nicole Chaiko '18

Nicole Chaiko '18

majors: psychology & anthropology; minor: public policy
 

"My Bucknell experience has been directly shaped by my identity as a first-gen student in that, throughout my time here, I felt compelled to seek out and take advantage of any and all opportunities that interested me. In addition to being a GenFirst! Student Ambassador, I am also a senior Anthropology and Psychology major, a Global Peer Educator and Global Citizen through the Global Ambassador Program, a museum docent at the Samek Art Museum, and a Peer Mentor for the College of Arts and Sciences. During my time at Bucknell, I traveled to Nicaragua with the Bucknell in Nicaragua Program, carried out independent research, studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and planned fundraising events for local organizations. Being a first-gen student truly gives a deeper meaning to everything I have done at Bucknell, and will do throughout my life."

Jewel Cook '20

Jewel Cook '20

major: chemical engineering
 

Caitlin Friel '19

Caitlin Friel '19

majors: English-literary studies and German studies
 

"I never thought that my identity could be so closely tied to my college experience, but the longer I spend at Bucknell, the more I begin to see how who I am and who I am becoming is intrinsically linked to this university. Here is how I define myself in relation to Bucknell: I am a junior, a literary studies and German double major, an RA, a Bio 205 lab TA, a German 101 study group facilitator, a dancer for the Bucknell Dance Showcase, a barista at 7th Street Cafe, a Weis Center House Manager, a sister of Kappa Alpha Theta, and now a GenFirst! Student Ambassador (Yay!)"

Lina Hinh '19

Lina Hinh '19

majors: women & gender studies and sociology
 

"Hi! My name is Lelinna but everyone calls me Lina for short. I am a transfer student from Harrisburg Area Community College and part of the Bucknell Community College Scholarship Program (if you are curious as to what that is, I’ll be glad to tell you!!). I started at Bucknell as a junior in 2017 and have learned so much in the short time I have been here. I have taken advantage of the lectures and seminars they have on campus, and learned that there are a lot of hidden gems around campus where if you need specific help with something, say you need help with your writing skills or resume, there are places where they would love to help you. So, if you need help navigating around campus, need someone to vent or talk to, you are a lost transfer and/or first gen student, or just to have lunch with someone, I have no problems being that buddy!"

Quentin Hugee '18

Quentin Hugee '18

major: managing for sustainability
 
 

Ana Kola '21

Ana Kola '21

major: undecided
 

"I am a first-year student in the Arts & Sciences interested in majoring in English or Spanish but even more importantly I am a first-generation college student. My identity as a member of Bucknell's GenFirst community is very important to me and I'm really glad that the university brings us together. I want people to know that there is a community of people who have gone through similar experiences ready to help one another and I am one of those people. Some of the positions I’m proudest to have on campus are as a DJ at the school's radio station, WVBU, a photographer for Activities and Campus Events, a member of the Bucknell Brigade for the spring of 2018, and of course a GenFirst Ambassador."

Tucker Leighty-Phillips '18

Tucker Leighty-Phillips '18

major: English-literary studies


 

Brandon Mills '20

Brandon Mills '20

major: neuroscience; minor: biochemistry
 

"When I’m not working as a Gen First ambassador I am the President of B.R.A.I.N (Bucknellians, Researchers, Advocates, and Investigators of Neuroscience) Club and Secretary of Bucknell’s HOSA team (Health Occupations Students of America). I am also a proud member of the Alpha Phi Omega service Fraternity, and Residential Advisor for McDonnell Residential Hall and Humanities Residential College. I will also be traveling to Nicaragua with the Bucknell Brigade this January! "

Malachi Musick '19

Malachi Musick '19

majors: computer science and engineering; minor: mathematics
 

"Attending college was never a plan of mine, with the crippling debt that plagues many as the main deterrent. I thought for sure I would go straight into the workforce out of high school in order to immediately give back to my family, but both my parents and I recognized the value of a greater education. After spending some time at Montgomery County Community College (located in Blue Bell), I transferred to Bucknell with the ambition to complete a 4-year degree in my new found passion of Computer Science. Since my first semester here, I’ve learned so much within and beyond my major, thanks to my engagement in Bucknell’s community. Outside of Bucknell, I’m an adventurer, an inventor, and most of all a caretaker of friends and acquaintances alike. If there’s anything I’d like to teach the world, it’s self-love; if you want to change the world, you have to start with yourself."

Dominic Scicchitano '19

Dominic Scicchitano '19

majors: environmental studies and Spanish