In this episode, Dr. Hernandez interviews Jessica Tovar, a project manager working in public policy, about her First Gen Journey. She discusses how the inequality she experienced in college sparked a passion for social justice and creating change. Her parents didn’t necessarily understand her career path but they trusted her to make the right decisions for her life.  

In this episode, Dr. Hernandez interviews Germán Ornelas, a freelance producer and editor in the television industry, about his First Gen Journey. He discusses how his major didn’t really prepare him for his career but his college experience was vital to his personal growth. He also details the trials and triumphs of navigating a career in television production.

In this episode, Dr. Hernandez interviews Jacqueline Medina, a Human Resources Analyst, about her First Gen Journey. She discusses how her experience studying abroad shaped her perspective and love of traveling. She also describes how she struggled to find work in her chosen career but through persistence and determination was able to land a job in Human Resources.

In this episode, Dr. Hernandez interviews Elizabeth Ayala, Program Manager, about her First Gen Journey. She discusses how she developed a career in the non-profit sector and the challenges of being First Gen and pursuing work in social justice. She also reflects on how she navigates educating her family, making choices for herself, and maintaining positive family relationships.

In this episode, Dr. Hernandez interviews Mirna Pineda, Supervising Probation Officer, about her First Gen Journey. Mirna was encouraged to pursue higher education by her father’s love of learning and a desire to be self-sufficient. Mirna details the lack of guidance she experienced throughout college and when deciding on a career path. She discusses her expectations for a professional career and the circumstances that led to a career that combines her interest in criminal law and desire to help others.

My guest today is Giovanni (Gio) Ruiz. He started at Riverside City College, continued on to receive his B.S. in Physics from Cal-Poly Pomona, and later his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo. Gio is currently an independent software developer and co-founder of Voter Reach. Here is a little of his First Gen Journey . . .