Celebrating First-Gen Tigers

A photo of Brooke Weiler in front of the Capitol in Jefferson City.
Brooke Weiler after participating in the 2022 Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Jefferson City.

On Nov. 8, many academic units, Social Justice Centers and partners across campus are uniting to mark national First-Generation College Celebration Day.

This semester, 21.8% of those new to Mizzou are first gen. For transfers, the number increases to 35.2%. To address common challenges these students face, we have numerous resources that offer support and encouragement throughout their college career.

Brooke Weiler, a senior biochemistry and psychology major, is one of many first-gen students thriving at Mizzou. Her freshmen year, Brooke connected with a faculty mentor who jumpstarted her interest in undergraduate research. Brooke hopes to pay it forward by becoming a biochemistry professor and mentoring others who are first generation.

Our students show the power of Mizzou to change lives and inspire tomorrow’s leaders. Visit the First Gen at Mizzou site for a full list of the day’s events. Additionally, all week anyone can pick up first-gen stickers and buttons in the Student Success Center and the Center for Student Involvement located on the second floor of the MU Student Center.

— Mun