First-Goers Welcome Reception

Welcome BMC Class of 2020!

My name is Emma Porter and I am a rising senior Political Science major and Education minor. In the Spring of 2015, me and a couple of friends started a group for students who identify as first generation college students. We have since competed our first full year as an SGA club and call ourselves “First Goers”. First Goers are anyone who identify as students who are the first generation of their families to pursue higher education. Neither of my parents attended college, and I noticed that this can sometimes presented some challenges to navigating my first year at Bryn Mawr. This past year, “First Goers” has demonstrated the presence of our demographic on Bryn Mawr’s campus by holding a few different events. We held a session at this Spring’s Community Day of Learning, and we have also gained members from our faculty and staff. Additionally, Aarionna Goodman, BMC 2019 and First Goer from Philadelphia, became our treasurer this spring. She, as well as other first goers, were among my close friends this past year, and we met every week for dinner.  We have learned so much from each other and about the Bryn Mawr community this past year, and we look forward to meeting some of you this upcoming year!

Annasa Kata,

Emma Porter, 2017


Hello, Class of 2020! My name is Aarionna, and I am a rising Sophomore and treasurer of First-Goers. My experience as a first generation college student doesn’t quite have the artistic dramatic flair fit for a farce film or a brilliant bestseller. In fact, it’s rather waveless. However, like your story, how it came to happen does not make it less important to me. As a first-gen student (Keeping in mind that I use this word loosely. First-gen can be defined in many different ways), naturally, I often found myself besieged by questions and concerns. Being the eldest of six with both parents lacking experience with college or university, I felt stuck. Yet, with all of this in mind, these concerns did not exactly follow me to Bryn Mawr. Questions often start in the early years of High School, so I applied for college prep programs in response to that daunting feeling of turning to that unread chapter in my life. Even with the help, I still had the first-gen title staring me in the face as I walked onto BMC’s campus. I learned that this was a feeling I can’t shake but it’s something you grow with as the title in turn shapes you.

Aarionna Goodman

Class of 2019

Intended English Major