Sharing My First-Generation Story: Marley Anderson

Marley Anderson (BFA 2023)
Marley Anderson (BFA 2023) is a sophomore studying primarily in the Painting and Drawing department and is expected to graduate in 2023 with a bachelor's in fine arts. She is interested in art restoration and historical painting techniques, which she hopes to pursue in graduate school.

Read on to learn about her experience as a first-generation college student, and show your support on First-Generation Celebration Day, Wednesday, February 17.

Why was attending college important to you?
Growing up I was always encouraged to educate myself and push myself. Because of this, I was raised with the mentality that I can always learn more, do more, and be better. Education is a privilege that wasn’t common or highly sought after where I'm from or even in my family, but my mom didn’t want me to be stuck. She wanted me to grow and flourish and follow my dreams, as cheesy as that sounds. 

What made you want to attend college?
My love for learning and my drive to make my mom and myself proud were my main reasons for wanting to go to college. I also need higher education in order to follow the career path I want. So, I wanted to have the ability to keep learning and doing the things I love.

How have you felt supported by SAIC?
SAIC has been supportive of me since my first year. The faculty members I have gotten to know and work with go above and beyond to ensure I am well supported. If I am struggling, they do everything they can to help me find a solution. The First-Gen Fellows program was also a huge help to me during my first year in being more comfortable in an environment I and everyone in my family were unfamiliar with. The program helped me form relationships that are priceless.