First Generation Student Stories

The following first generation students have shared their stories. Read on to learn more about their paths to MIT.

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Brad Bachu '17

Physics
Trajectory: New Jersey→TrinidadMIT
At MIT: CMS Collaboration
Future: Graduate school

I was born in New Jersey but grew up in Trinidad, a small island in the Caribbean.

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Billy Caruso '18

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Trajectory: New JerseyMIT
At MIT: Rifle team, MIT Sandbox
Future: Coder

I was born and raised in Toms River on the Jersey Shore where summers are full of beach, boardwalk and everything local. Since middle school I was fascinated by Apple - both the company culture and their amazing products. It was then that I knew I wanted to study computer science.

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Costa Christopoulus '17

Physics
Trajectory: AlabamaMIT
At MIT: The Tech
Future: Graduate School

My name is Costa and I grew up in Trussville, Alabama, a small town just northeast of Birmingham. My family history is rooted in Greece.

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Marissa Griffin '17

Biological Engineering
Trajectory: China→California→OklahomaMIT
At MIT: China Care
Future: Biological engineer

My story is a little different than most first generation college students'.

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Alexis Oriole '18

Mathematics
Trajectory: North CarolinaMIT
At MIT: Ultimate frisbee team, Leadership Training Institute
Future: To be determined!

Going to MIT was a big decision for me because nobody from my high school had ever gone there. However, my family and friends provided so much encouragement that I knew going to MIT would be the right decision. 

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