"Having my mom go to a tech college and my dad taking the path of graduating high school and then just going into the working field, both of my parents always pushed me to go to college and find a career that I loved. Being the first one in my family to attend a four-year university made me want to always push myself to my best abilities all the time to make them and myself proud. I always saw a little spark of them in myself which made me always want to reach my goal of graduating from Northern. My parents have always been my biggest supporters and without them I truly wouldn’t be where I am today.
NSU has helped me succeed throughout my entire college career here. I was blessed to be a part of the TRIO SSS program that granted me plenty of opportunities and support whenever I need them to reach to my best academic abilities. Another thing that I love about Northern is how awesome the faculty is here. Throughout all my classes at Northern I was able to build relationships with my professors and knew they were always there to help me with anything that I ever needed. One of the best things about Northern that I will forever cherish is no student is ever just a number in the class to them. Each professor here cares about their students and strives to see them succeed to their full potential.
Never be afraid to take that leap and be the first one in your family to achieve big things like obtaining a four-year degree. There’s always support to help you make it through and I promise you won’t regret it.”
- Tyra Biever, spring 2022 NSU graduate from Big Stone City, S.D., pictured with her dad, Bryan; mom, Jody; and brother, Bo
Learn more about how Northern supports first-generation students through its TRIO SSS Program!