First Generation Program Hosts Annual Student-Alumni Dinner

Nick Kaempf, Staff Associate, UAAP

MIT First Generation Program student-alumni dinnerThe First Generation Program (FGP) hosted its third annual Alumni Dinner in early November. As in previous years, this event provided students with the opportunity to connect with first generation MIT alumni to learn about their experiences at MIT and their professional paths after graduating, and to receive advice.

A diverse group of 15 alumni made up of engineers, architects, doctors, professors, and consultants joined 26 current undergraduate students for the reception and dinner. The program featured two alumni speakers, Dr. Shoey Au, MD ’98, a dermatology resident at Tufts Medical Center, and George Borhegyi ’87, a project management and technology consultant. Au and Borhegyi emphasized how their background instilled in them skills and qualities that helped them achieve their professional goals, and they urged the students to not limit themselves when thinking about their future.

The Alumni Dinner provided a great opportunity for first generation students to expand their professional network and develop relationships with alumni who work in fields they want to learn more about and might want to pursue after graduation.  For their part, the alumni enjoyed the opportunity to meet current first generation students, share their stories, and provide advice.