Macheal Richardson began her college career in Fall 2018. She chose to attend Seminole State because she had acquired college credit through the Career Pathways partnership with Seminole County Public Schools and received several scholarships. Studying early childhood education, Richardson transferred to the University of Central Florida after earning her Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. She hopes to one day open her own non-profit daycare center in a low-income community.
Richardson participated in the Wayne M. Densch scholarship program and said, “I am very thankful for the scholarship because I don’t have to stress about how I am going to pay for class and I can spend more time learning from my experiences.” She served as a peer mentor for the First Generation Office in Fall 2019, sharing her experience as a first-generation student in college with other students.
Richardson was actively involved in many extracurricular activities including leadership roles with the Campus Activities Team (C.A.T.), Seminole State Volunteers and the Student Government Association. She also participated with H.O.P.E. Scholars, Intramural and Recreational Sports, the Hispanic Student Association and Every Nation Campus.
Being part of the First Generation Freshmen Program helped Richardson become more outgoing, meet new friends, and keep an open mind when trying something new. Her advice to first-year students is to practice effective communication and connect with classmates to study together.