First-generation college students have unique stories to tell

MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - For several WVU students, they're the first in their families to go to college.

For some, it wasn't always possible for their parents growing up for a variety of different reasons.

Each has a unique story to tell, about how college has opened several different doors and windows to various opportunities.

"When you're first-gen, you're kind of on your own unless you had these people behind you," said Ladonna Adams. "So you have to really know what you want and go for it."

Originally hailing from Grafton, going to college was going to happen for Adams. It was a case where her parents wanted her to experience something they didn't have the chance to.

"My mom always told me that I was always going to go to college," Adams said. "They pushed me to work so hard in school."

On top of being a full-time student, a Westover native is also raising her 11-year-old daughter. She thinks back to what helped make college possible for her.

"I'm the first one to go onto higher education and graduate in December with a bachelor's degree," said Hillarie Loretta.

She's always loved school and getting an education. She wants to share that with her daughter, and inspire her to achieve the same or similar dreams of higher education.

"I've always loved school," said Loretta. "And I am being an example for my daughter and showing her my love for school by continuing onto higher education."