To many first generation college students their representation of the American Dream is at hand if they receive a degree. To many first gen. college students see themselves as someone who can help pave the way for many others who chose to leave their homes and pursue their dreams. Many of first generation students are tired of seeing their families/ethnic group live in poverty of all sorts. Like myself, I see myself as earning my degree as a helping hand to my community, to be an example for another youth who wants to redefine how we are looked at. We as first generation college students hope to give those who don’t have a voice in society to have one. We are the light to many people.