First-Generation Success

“Classes have been challenging, but not beyond what I expected. Central makes it so easy to accomplish all that you want to.”

 Sierra Illa ’19

Hometown: Hastings, Minnesota
Major: Biology and Spanish
Co-curriculars: RA, study abroad, Campus Ministries and The CALM

Sierra Illa ’19 puts her experience as a big sister to good use as a resident assistant in Graham Hall. The oldest of four daughters found her transition to college “intimidating at first” because, like about 30 percent of Central students, she is the first in her family to attend college.

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