As a first-generation college student, Ron Watson ('22) had no idea what to expect when navigating college life and the unique challenges that came along with it. As soon as he received his Briar Cliff University acceptance letter, Ron couldn't wait to begin his studies, continue wrestling and receive a well-rounded liberal arts education.
As the first member of his family to attend college, Ron relied heavily on his wrestling coaches to help him complete the necessary paperwork to attend BCU. His motto is, "Don't give up, keep your head high and take it one day at a time." The thought of receiving his college degree pushed him to battle through the uncertainties.
As the school year began, he quickly realized he needed help. The transition to college was more difficult than anticipated and he needed guidance. His coaches, first-year advisors and professors saw him struggling and offered support through personalized one-on-one meetings, holding him accountable and directing him to utilize TRIO Student Support Services.
The TRIO program offers support and guidance, specialized in helping first-generation students graduate from college. Ron was able to develop skills like time management, test prep, stress management, connect with other first-generation students and find helpful campus resources.
Without the supportive network of TRIO and the BCU community, Ron knows his college experience would have been difficult. "At BCU, I know I'm never alone. There is always someone in your corner rooting for you," he says.
Ron is pursuing a degree in Psychology and Criminology with goals of moving to Dallas, TX where he will work towards becoming a Psychiatric Nurse and attend graduate school.
At BCU, I know I'm never alone. There is always someone in your corner rooting for you.