Cody Walker


What brought you to Tech?
What brought me to Tech at first was the affordability of the college tuition.  It was the most affordable out of all the colleges I got accepted to, but what kept me at WVU Tech is the people I have met while being here.  I have met so many amazing people here.  I have made friendships that will last a lifetime.  My professors and peers have also given me the knowledge to build a solid foundation on how to deal with real world challenges. I am thankful for everyone I have met here while at WVU Tech.

What advice would you give to a fellow first generation student?
The advice I would give is to make sure your actions match what you believe.  If you want to go do something know that there are steps to get to that point. Sometimes it is going to be hard to continue, but keep heading towards your goal and don’t stop because little progress is better than no progress.  You will also encounter challenges that you will overcome and know that you have support along the way.

What advice do you wish you had known before coming to college?
I wish I would have had the perspective of knowing that I am only racing with myself.  You will see so many people that seem like they are ahead of you, some that are in the same place as you, and some you will see behind you.  If you can change that perspective of focusing on others to focusing on yourself and where you are at then that can be extremely enlightening. You are starting in a certain spot and the only person that can change how fast you move and progress is you. 

Why is it important for WVU Tech to celebrate our first generation students, faculty and staff?
The first-generation students should be celebrated for what these students represent. These students have been through many struggles and some more than others. They are proof that no matter how hard life knocks you down or how low you are on the totem pole, you can get right back up and thrive.

What things can people do to be champions for first generation students?
As a first-generation student, I like when people treat me equally. I think most of us wish to be treated equally.  I believe no matter how fortunate or less fortunate our lives have been we all should strive to be good people and do actions that have positive impacts.