I grew up in New Hampshire. Neither of my parents attended college, and few from my extended family completed college. As an undergraduate, I was the recipient of a scholarship which I learned, after doing some research, was aimed at students of "exceptional need and promise". (I still don't know the intended scope of "exceptional".) Then I received my PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and completed Post-Docs in Oxford and in the Czech Republic before coming to Binghamton mid-pandemic. I have navigated quite a few different academic environments as a first-gen student, and am keen to chat with students who feel out of place in the university setting.