F1RST at NC State Student Organization

The mission of F1RST at NC State is to provide social, academic, and professional support and development to first-generation students at NC State. This organization is meant to prepare students for success during and beyond their collegiate careers.

2021-22 F1RST Executive Board

Name: Jasmine Nguyen

Major + Year: Psychology and Minoring in Biology, Senior

Position: President

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Fun Fact: Every few years, I try to grow out my hair as long as possible to donate to LocksofLove

Dream Job: I would love to be a cosmetic dentist helping people reform their teeth however they love and own my own practice.


Name: Maria Kanton

Major + Year: Chemical Engineering, Junior

Position: Vice-President

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Fun Fact: I’m second-generation Greek!

Dream Job: Somehow simultaneously researching and developing new medicine and writing public policy to better regulate pharmaceutical companies. We’ll see what happens!


Name: Sophia Ma

Major + Year: Business Administration & International Studies, Junior

Position: Secretary

Hometown: Carrboro, NC

Fun Fact: I slept through an earthquake.

Dream Job: I want to go into IT and work for a multinational company.


Name: Kelis Johnson

Major + Year: Africana Studies & Public Health, Sophomore

Position: Director of Community Outreach

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Fun Fact: I love to travel and go on adventures!

Dream Job: To reform the healthcare system for minorities, specifically women, while also being a full-time activist.


Name: Brianna Haynes

Major + Year: Crop Biotechnology & Horticulture, Senior

Position: Treasurer

Hometown: China Grove, NC

Fun Fact: I have a phobia of mascots and actively avoid Mr and Ms Wuf at any sporting event

Dream Job: To become a plant breeder or plant postharvest physiologist in which I am able to work out in the field, in greenhouses, and in the lab improving horticultural cultivars!


Name: Hannah Behailu

Major + Year: Industrial Engineering, Junior

Position: Director of Marketing

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Fun Fact: I am from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia!

Dream Job: To develop innovative solutions that optimize quality and efficiency in the care hospitals provide.


Name: Janet Rivera

Major + Year: Political Science

Position: Programming Chair

Hometown: Clarkton, NC

Fun Fact: As a kid, I had a dog named Nemo.

Dream Job: I would love to be able to change the immigration system in the U.S. while working as an immigration lawyer to help make the process more accessible to others.


Advisor for F1RST: Courtney Simpson