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A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor’s degree. Being first-generation is a very proud accomplishment. We recognize that you will face unique experiences as you begin this exciting journey, and we look forward to supporting you and bringing together the first-generation Chapman community!

The Promising Futures Program is the support program for all first-generation college students at Chapman University. If you have any questions or want to be a part of the Promising Futures Program, please feel free to contact us and find our group on Facebook! Read more about us and the Promising Futures Program.

PFP Senior Spotlight


Name: Hugo Flores

Hometown: Santa Ana, CA

Major: Integrated Educational Studies

Minor: Leadership Studies and Disability Studies

How would your friends describe you in one word?

Why did you choose your major?
Education is a powerful tool to have. Also, from past experience - I enjoy empowering others; teaching others makes me feel great.

How involved are you on campus?
I have been highly involved on-campus. I was part of the cross-county and track and field team. I also worked for Cross-Cultural Engagement for about two years and I helped Promising Futures Program organize the Bridge Program this past summer. I was part of MEChA and LASA my first years at Chapman too. Education is a powerful tool to have. Also, from past experience - I enjoy empowering others; teaching others makes me feel great.

What is your biggest motivator?
My family, my friends, and my community. I want to be the change of my generation. I work hard to try to change my community, not my salary.

What is one thing you wish did more of in college?
Spend more time with family :)

If you were in complete control of your post grad life, what would it look like?
Grad school for 2 years to get my Masters and Credential in Special Education. Work as an educator while I'm going to school and work full time after I graduate as a Special Education Teacher.

Choose one word to describe how you feel about being a senior?

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Crystal De La Riva

Student Assistant Staff

Cristina Aguilar, Lead Student Program Assistant

Neal Carter, Student Program Assistant

Hugo Flores, Senior Class Liaison

Nicole Nungaray, Event Coordinator

Bryana Schuyler, Communications Coordinator

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