“My name is Alicia Cheek and I am a proud #firstgendoc with a PhD in Biochemistry from University of Maryland. I had no road map for higher education growing up. I was a first-generation college student! I originally wanted to attend medical school, but chose the PhD because I liked research and PhDs in my field are nearly free! It was a grueling journey, partially because I started with zero role models and I stumbled A LOT. I earned my degree in 2015 and have devoted much of my spare time to mentoring first-generation doctoral students of Color like myself. Through mentoring, I aim to make students’ experiences a bit easier. I now work in the biotech field and run a side business writing resumes, CVs, and cover letters & speaking publicly to young people about my career pitfalls thus far to keep them from repeating my mistakes”.