First Generation College Student Keisha Riley Is Valedictorian at Concord
Athens, W.Va. - For 21-year-old Keisha Riley, being the first in her family to go to college was a difficult challenge. However, due in part to the help of Student Support Services and to her strength, she is graduating this year with highest honors as valedictorian of her class.
When asked how it felt to be valedictorian she said “good, that’s all I can really say.” She made it through hard times with the support of family and friends. And by “balancing, not stressing and making sure I made time for myself.” Keisha is majoring in psychology and plans to get a graduate assistantship in clinical psychology from Marshall University. Her long-term plan is to get a doctorate in psychology with which to help the people of West Virginia, especially African Americans, whom in her words “are often overlooked.”
Student Support Services is a federally funded program at Concord that provides support to students in the form of trips, counseling and advocacy. They counsel two hundred students at the College.
Keisha Riley took advantage of Student Support Services, which helped her “feel more comfortable on campus.” According to her, “just knowing that there were people on campus who helped minorities and first-generation students was helpful.” The McDowell County native who didn’t think she’d make it to college has a very bright future ahead of her.
Photo: Keisha Riley
Concord College Notes: Nusrah Wali, a student in Concord College’s Public Relations / Marketing Department wrote this press release. Her hometown is Sokoto State, Nigeria. She is majoring in advertising / graphic design. Her anticipated graduation date is 2002.