My name is Paola Machuca and as a first-generation college student, I am proud to say that I was able to earn my Associate’s Degree in Business Administration at COS within just a year and a half because of EOPS. Not only did the EOPS program alleviate my financial burden, but thanks to their amazing counselors, I felt fully equipped for success at COS. When I first joined the EOPS program, I envisioned a program that would give me some general guidance regarding my education; little did I know that EOPS would pay for all of my books, provide me with a backpack full of school supplies, give me both meal and gas vouchers, and they gave me the most personalized academic counseling I could have ever hoped for. Overall, I want to express my immense appreciation towards the EOPS program for making COS feel like home and for awarding me a scholarship. I plan to put the funds towards my pending junior semester in Fall 2021.