Released on October 9, 2023

For Hispanic Heritage Month, new Knight nurse Aliyah Gonzalez ’21 ’23BSN shares how she found her path at UCF and a passion for helping others.

Alumna and academic success tutor Aliyah Gonzalez '21 '23BSN in front of the UCF College of Nursing building in Orlando, Florida
Aliyah Gonzalez ’21 ’23BSN in front of the UCF College of Nursing building. (Photo by Dana Saccoccio)

When Aliyah Gonzalez ’21 ’23BSN began her freshman year at UCF, it was a big change.

“I literally remember getting lost every day my first week,” says the two-time alumna. “As a first-generation student, I didn’t have anyone to lean on for questions and to get that guidance.”

“Navigating UCF, learning study skills, and learning how to be an efficient college student was a big learning curve.”

Gonzalez is not alone, as approximately 44% of Hispanic students are the first in their family to attend college. Fortunately, she found support and opportunities to succeed at UCF — a designated Hispanic-Servicing Institution (HSI) and recognized nationally for supporting Hispanic students’ success.

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