She is our final feature in the First Gen Spotlight Series and this person is amazing! Her love for life and books is infectious. She has embraced her culture and overcome fears that resonate with most First Gens.
1. What is your name?
2. What is your current occupation?
Clinical Trials Specialist
3. What is your education background?
Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Notre Dame of Maryland University
Certificate of Clinical Trials Management and Regulatory Compliance from The University of Chicago
4. What is your family background?
My family is originally from Mexico. We migrated to the USA when I was 2 years old.
5. Do you have any "firsts" recognized by your family?
I was the first to go to college and the first to graduate from college within my family.
6. How were you able to achieve them?
It may be a cliché, but I owe everything that I've achieved to my parents. They never let settled for, “No, that's not for me,” “But I am afraid,” or “I'm just not smart enough.” If it weren't for them pushing me to be better, I honestly don't think I would have made it through college.
7. What was your biggest obstacle or challenge to become the first in your family?
I think the biggest obstacle to becoming the first in my family was overcoming the fear of failing. Also realizing that by succeeding I wasn't leaving anyone behind; I was succeeding for all of us.
Jordan Thompson is a first-generation attorney and is in the beginning phase of living up to the phrase, "If you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere." She traveled to NYC for school and has built an impeccable resume since her move to the Big City!
Her story of triumph and accomplishment is for First Gens looking to enter corporate America. You may be growing impatient or wondering when your time will arrive. HOLD ON!
I also invite first gens interested in learning an approximate timeline for job interviews to watch the video.