First Generation Program Hosts Dinner for Alumni and Students

By Nicholas Kaempf, Staff Associate, UAAP

In October, the First Generation Program (FGP) hosted its annual Alumni Dinner, an opportunity for current first-generation students to meet and mingle with MIT alumni who were the first in their family to graduate from college. Seventeen alumni, including software engineers, technology consultants, physicians, and MIT professors, joined 36 current undergraduate students for a reception, at which alumni shared their experiences at MIT and discussed their professional paths.

First Generation Program Alumni DinnerThe dinner featured remarks by two alumni, Paulo Correia ’93, a mechanical engineer, and Dr. Barbara Gilchrest ’67, a doctor of dermatology and former MIT Corporation member. Mr. Correia and Dr. Gilchrest encouraged students to pursue their passions and emphasized that maintaining a problem-solving approach to their future work would be more useful than simply accumulating knowledge.

The Alumni Dinner also enabled first-generation students to develop relationships and build their professional networks in fields they might want to pursue after graduation. Alumni enjoyed sharing their stories and providing advice to current undergraduates.

To view photos of the event or learn how to get involved with FGP, please visit the First Generation Program website.