First Generation College Student Resources
What is First Generation?
Students are considered “First Generation” if their parents/legal guardians have not completed a four-year college degree.
Some experiences we may have in common are:
- Being the first in the family to navigate a university system.
- Overcoming past obstacles to reach this achievement.
- Managing the "two worlds" of school and home.
- Feeling pressure to excel as the first in the family to make it to college.
- Relating to peers who do not share the experience of being First Generation.
- Learning unspoken cultural norms and expectations of university life.
- Explaining the demands and rigors of college life to family and friends.
(Adapted from M.I.T.)
|SOAR Retreat (Seizing Opportunity for Academic Resilience)||30 first year freshmen and first year transfer students who identify as a student of color and/or first generation are invited to attend a three night experience immediately prior to the start of the academic year. Through learning about the transition to college, gaining tools, sharing stories about personal and academic success, this experience will provide the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with peers, current students, and staff.|
|STARS (Students Together Are Reaching Success) Program||STARS is a peer mentorship and college success program that connects first-year students with successful upperclassmen for one-on-one and group mentoring. Students also have the opportunity to attend social & cultural events, participate in workshops on academic success, and be part of experiences to enhance their leadership skills. Students who identify with either of the following backgrounds are especially encouraged to join STARS: First-generation college students, Students of color.|
|First Generation Student: What it takes to get to and through college||A website dedicated to learning from other first-generation college students with information on everything from how to pay for college to how to succeed in college – all focusing on the unique experience (and sometimes obstacles and fears) of being the first in your family to go to college.|
|I’m First||An online community celebrating first-generationcollege students and supporting those who will be, since as they say, “there’s something special about being first.”|