In Texas, college students close education gap for others

NBC Latino - Eddie Vargas can hardly believe that he’s winding down his sophomore year at Texas Tech University. A first-generation college student, Eddie recalls how difficult it was to persuade his parents to allow him to leave his hometown of Midland, Texas for a college two hours away.

Eddie Vargas can hardly believe that he’s winding down his sophomore year at Texas Tech University. A first-generation college student, Eddie recalls how difficult it was to persuade his parents to allow him to leave his hometown of Midland, Texas for a college two hours away.

“Persuading my parents to allow me to attend a college far away from home was a challenge,” says the nineteen-year-old. “Figuring out financial aid, living on my own – those are all challenges I went through, which makes talking to local students about what I went through relatable.”

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