Editor’s Note — This is part of a weekly student conversation series highlighted as part of Hispanic Heritage Month on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Medium page. The series will feature students who are making impacts on campus and beyond. This week, we’re talking with Edgar Román, an architecture major with a minor in Spanish from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Through his involvements, he helps fellow first-generation students and has gained the confidence to push for his goals.
How are you making an impact on campus?
On campus, I am able to share my story about being a first-generation student. I am the oldest in my family and the first to go off to college. Everything from applying to college, scholarships, to going to my very first college class, I made that very first step. I’m able to share with other students that it can be challenging but it will all be worth it at the end. It’s about making a change for yourself to strive for your goals.
How did you choose your major?
I came to the University of Nebraska as a pre-engineering, then switched to criminology, and finally ended up with architecture. Which is a very drastic change. I know I want to help people and there are many ways of helping people. With architecture, I had my fraternity brother who introduced me to what he does in architecture. I was interested in architecture in high school and even took classes all throughout high school. I just didn’t see it as a way to help people. Which is obviously wrong. I decided to commit to switching and it just took off. I have learned and still am learning that in architecture there are so many ways of making a difference in a person’s life.
Why did you decide to join Sigma Lambda Beta? Is there anything being part of it has taught you?
I decided to join Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. because I instantly felt a safe space and I knew it was my home away from home. I instantly connected with brothers and they were very welcoming. Something that I have learned would be to not be afraid of putting myself out there. I came to UNL as a very introverted student, SLB has taught me to stand up for my beliefs and strive to reach my goals that I have for myself.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about helping people, especially being a translator for my community. Growing up I would help out my parents by translating for them. I knew that they felt safe when I was around. If my parents need my help, I am there to help them out in any way I can. Translating for others has always been something that I enjoy doing. When I get to help people and I see their relief on their face that they are able to count on me to help them communicate, it brings joy to me knowing that I make them feel at home.
What do you hope to accomplish in your lifetime?
In my lifetime, I will finish my undergrad degree, I will pursue an even higher education, and give back to my parents for the sacrifices that they have made for me.
What or who inspires you?
My parents. They have done so much to get me where I am right now. I have made it this far and I will continue to achieve higher goals for my parents. They have been my inspiration since day one, and I know they are rooting for me.
What is your advice to other students looking to make an impact?
Do not be afraid to put yourself out there. It takes one single step for many doors of opportunities to open. Set your mind on what you want to accomplish and it can be done. ¡Sí se puede!