First-generation college student Ryan Hollands learned about the power of education at an early age.
"My parents pushed me to educate myself and do what I can," he said. "They know that in this day and age, you have to have a college degree for certain things."
So Hollands decided to get not just one degree, but three: a bachelor’s in economics, a second in political science and a third in Spanish. And while he came from Edmond, Oklahoma, with enough AP credits to graduate with his economics degree in just a year and a half, "I thought it would be a lot more beneficial to me academically to stay."