STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Blane Yimesgen, Senior
My name is Blane Yimesgen. I am a senior here at Portland State University. I was born in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I spent my childhood there. When I was fifteen years old I had a chance to move to the United Sates with my older sister to reunite with my family. After high school I started college at Portland State University as a Biochemistry major and pre-pharmacy career track. My freshmen year of college was confusing. When seeking help I found Student Support Services (SSS). The greatest help I got from SSS would be advising that led me toward the right direction. Throughout my time in college I tried to be involved on campus. I am a tutor for the Upward Bound program here on campus. I also tutor in Organic Chemistry for LSAMP. I volunteered in Dr Lehman lab working with RNA molecules. Recently I have been accepted to Oregon State’s School of Pharmacy which I will be starting next fall.
The TRIO-Student Support Services is a federally funded program of the U.S. Department of Education. The mission of TRIO programs is to expand educational opportunity to persons often underrepresented in higher education.
The TRIO-Student Support Services is available to first generation, low income, and/or disabled students who have a need for academic support. The program provides academic counseling, tutoring and enrichment classes to help students maintain achievement standards and graduate.
Professional counselors and peer advisors assess student needs, help students plan schedules, and offer guidance and referrals.
What is TRIO
Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, and ethnic background or economic circumstance.
In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life.
These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just 3 programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.