DEI Celebrate First Gen Students: Miranda Quarles

Posted by Carleigh Blaylock
The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion celebrates First Generation Celebration Week from November 8th - November 13th, 2020! We will be highlighting & lifting up the voices of First Gen students, faculty & staff this week. We are so proud of the incredible hard work and courage it takes to be a first generation college student. We honor these students and are here to support them during their time at Emory & Henry and beyond!

Today, we celebrate Miranda Quarles!

Miranda is a Political Science major & a Bonner Scholar. She a SI for HIST-112 and she works at the Appalachian Center. Miranda states “my greatest joy at Emory & Henry is being able to work with the Mount Pleasant Preservation Society through Bonner. It is the local African American history museum, & it’s been the best part about coming to Emory”. 

We asked her to share a bit about her experiences as a First Generation Student. Miranda says:

“Everyone in my family has been super supportive of me pursuing a bachelors degree. No one has ever doubted me. They were beyond thrilled when we learned I got accepted into the Bonner Scholars program because that scholarship is the reason why I got to go to college. Money is always a worry, especially when growing up in poverty, so there was this question of whether or not I was going to be able to afford a 4 year school right away. My legal guardian, James Quarles, is most definitely my biggest supporter, & he is one of the most important people in my life. While he never went to college or knew the exact dynamics of it, he knew that it was such a great accomplishment for me to go. At first when looking into Emory, I had no idea about to Bonner Scholars Program, so what enticed me to Emory was the small school and similarities as to where I am from. I am grateful that I am able to attend at Emory & Henry College.”

Miranda Quarles is #FirstGen! 

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