Brian Cervantes Alvarez – Linfield College

<b>Brian Cervantes Alvarez</b> – Linfield College

Brian is a mathematics fanatic and loves solving problems. He attends the small, liberal arts college, Linfield in McMinnville, OR.

Linfield College, Class of 2022

Degree: Mathematics

Mathematics – I picked it because I love to solve problems and it helps me with my analytical thinking!

What did you think about college before you attended? 

I thought college was very intimidating, that it would be impossible for me to even do well in it. However, I was surprised to find out that it wasn’t really that bad. I quickly made new friends and kept in contact with my old friend groups. It made my college experience feel much easier as it progressed through the academic school year.

How do you think being a first-generation student has affected your college experience?

Pressure, pressure, pressure! I was being looked at by all my family to be successful. If I failed, I was going to be judged and shunned by them. Plus, knowing a second language has also been a struggle because I felt that discrimination would occur during my time at college. HOWEVER, I never found that to be true, and I came out on top in finishing my first year of college strong.

What do you love about Linfield?

How calm and simple the university is. It’s not very large, nor is it devoid of activities! There’s always something going on, but we all the right to choose if we want to go or not. Having the freedom to do what I want in my university feels rather nice!

How was the experience of starting somewhere new?

Terrifying and anxious! I was scared to be alone for a while, but it was fascinating to see myself grow as I transitioned into the college lifestyle. It didn’t take too much time, my first week taught me all the skills that I would use for the rest of the year.

What is your favorite subject you’ve taken?

Math. Not surprised? I’ve just been amazed with how the faculty teaches mathematics to me. They show me the wonderful methods of using analytical thinking to solves problems in the real world. You never know when that mathematical reasoning will come in handy one day.

What has been the most impactful experience during your time in college?

Having a best friend from high school. To me, she’s been there for me, help me through my mental breakdowns, while I helped with her problems too. We assisted each other, we supported each other, and we had fun together. I’m glad that she came with me to Linfield College because she’s made the experience so much better.

If you have ever attended our scholarship brunches, how did those go for you?

I went to one back in Fall 2018. The number of scholars that were there with different backgrounds and goals were fascinating to see. I got to talk to some who were attending Portland State University and how the scholarship support has allowed them to progress in their college experience. It’s amazing the amount of progress each person that I’ve meet has made if not for the scholarship that we all are being given.

What does it mean to you to have been chosen as a Renaissance Scholar?

To me, being a Renaissance Scholar means that I’m somebody who values education and learning for not only myself, but for others.

Anything else you’d like to share?

My favorite quote: “In my life, I’ve lived, I’ve loved, I’ve lost, I’ve missed, I’ve hurt, I’ve trusted, I’ve made mistakes, but most of all, I’ve learned” -Anonymous