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First & Proud

First & Proud

Check out some of our first-generation faculty members, staff & students!

Doctoral student in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

“As a first generation student, I am excited to go to where my parents could only hope to go. McGill will open doors for me that my family never had available to them before.”

Assistant Professor of Educational and Counselling Psychology

“I always enjoy spending time with others who are/were First Generation college students, because they are some of the most interesting, hard-working, and talented people.”

U0 student Majoring Environmental Studies

“I’m so excited to start my McGill experience after taking a year off school. I’m excited to learn about the things that I am passionate about and meeting new people!”

U1 Student in the Faculty of Arts

“I’m really excited to study at McGill as a First-Generation Student because this university provides me a whole new experience compared to everything I’ve been through before, with so many international students around, and just an awesome atmosphere to be part of, within an awesome city to be part of as well!”

U0 student Majoring in Chemistry 

“I’m excited to be at McGill because it’s the first time I’ll be living alone, without friends or family in Montréal. It’ll be interesting to learn how to cope on my own, and I’m lookout forward to it!”

Liaison Librarian at Macdonald-Stewart Library Building

“I arrived at McGill as a First Generation student in 1993. I was both excited and terrified! It is now my great pleasure to work as a librarian in the very place that molded me into the person I am today.”

We would like to acknowledge that McGill University is located on unceded land, which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg nations. McGill honours, recognizes and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

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