Student Star: Sabrina Mato

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“Being a first-generation college student, my parents weren’t able to help guide me through the process. I also did not know how I was going to pay for college. I had to find all of my resources on my own.”

FSU CARE Program student finds opportunities locally and abroad

Major: Social Science, International Affairs and Political Science
Graduation: Spring 2020

By: Camille Shattler | Published: October 1, 2019

Cuban immigrant and first-generation college student Sabrina Mato arrived at Florida State University with a breadth of opportunities awaiting her, and she’s taken full advantage of those experiences during her collegiate career.

Born in Cuba, Mato immigrated to the United States when she was eight years old. After living in Miami for some time, she and her family moved to Naples, where she attended Gulf Coast High School. When the time came for Mato to start applying to colleges, she  faced new challenges.

“Being a first-generation college student, my parents weren’t able to help guide me through the process,” Mato said. “I also did not know how I was going to pay for college. I had to find all of my resources on my own. FSU’s CARE Program ended up being the best thing that has ever happened to me.”