I have set an example for the rest of my family and the rest of my community that education IS possible. Overcoming IS possible. An education is the most valuable thing that you could ever have.
Celebrating the Class of 2018
As first-generation grad, student leader sets example for family members.
The oldest of five siblings, Gabriela Jaimes, 23, of Cedar Lake, is a first-generation middle school graduate, a first-generation high school graduate, and this May, she will proudly become her family’s first college graduate.
Jaimes’ parents emigrated from Mexico when they were young. They had little knowledge about how higher education works, so Jaimes knew she had to get involved, ask questions, find personal mentors and use campus resources if she was going to succeed.
In mid-July, she leaves for Guadalajara, Mexico where she will attend medical school. She hopes to one day establish a medical clinic in Mexico for underserved women and children.
Throughout her college experience, Jaimes has discovered so much about herself thanks to the opportunities she’s had to travel both nationally and internationally. IU Northwest has given her the opportunity to study and attend events and conferences in major cities, including Chicago, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, and in Bilbao, Spain.
Some of the other experiences that have shaped her education include working as a teaching assistant and as a private tutor, and conducting research. An astute leader, Jaimes is president of the Student Government Association and has also served the Student Activities Board and the Student Ambassadors.