Marissa Hare


What brought you to Tech?
To be honest, the real reason I came to Tech was to follow my best friend. We both had initially planned on coming here for nursing straight out of high school. However, we both decided against it due to the money and went to the community college back home instead. After two years there we finally decided to just go for it and she ended up going for nursing and I went into biology. However, I ended up changing my major to psychology two years in at Tech.

What advice would you give to a fellow first generation student?
Don’t stress yourself out about where you want to be in life. I still don’t know what I want to do after college and that’s okay. Take general education classes and see what interests you really have. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses so don’t focus on the successes of your fellow peers. Going at your own pace without comparing yourself to others will help you out the most.

What advice do you wish you had known before coming to college?

I honestly wish I would have known how to manage my time better and learned how to properly study. All throughout school I would push things to the side until the very last second. I would never actually need to study and once I came to Tech that was a huge adjustment. I learned very quickly that I couldn’t do the same things I did in high school or at my community college.

Why is it important for WVU Tech to celebrate our first generation students, faculty and staff?
It is important for WVU Tech to celebrate first generation students, faculty and staff because it is easy to lose sight of how one got somewhere.  The odds are against us and still we managed to persevere and beat the odds. Having someone recognize that helps reinforce the pat on the back you just might need on some days.

What things can people do to be champions for first generation students?
The biggest thing is patience. Realizing that we don’t have the certain foundations others might have had in this process. Offer a helping hand and guide us in the right direction.

Anything else that you’d like to share about your experience?

My experience at WVU Tech has been like no other. I have met so many different people from all over the world and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It has helped broaden the spectrum I once had growing up in Logan County, WV. The faculty and staff are awesome and will help you even when you think you don’t deserve the help. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cried in the Student Support Services’ offices, they are truly a blessing.