First Generation Program Success Story: Samuel Kissiedu
Originally from Ghana, Samuel Kissiedu had completed most of his schooling when he learned that he needed a U.S. high school diploma. He enrolled at Seminole State's Adult High School and also completed college courses through dual enrollment before starting his degree seeking A.A. program. This was Kissiedu’s first step in pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor.
Kissiedu credits the exceptional professors at the Adult High School that made it possible for him to succeed, encouraging him every step of the way. Upon graduation from the Adult High School in Summer 2014, he pursued an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree at Seminole State, as part of the College's Grindle Honors Institute.
He also gives much credit to the First Generation Program staff.
“The First Generation Program gave me access to lots of information I needed to succeed,” says Kissiedu. “The top things I've enjoyed most are having academic advisors who are always there to answer all sorts of questions, encourage and guide, as well as having a peer mentor to talk to. I also enjoyed meeting other freshmen who had big dreams."
Kissiedu was a member of the Honors Institute, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, LSAMP STEM program, served as a peer mentor in the First Generation Program and a tutor in the College's School of Academic Foundations.