Enrolling in college is only the beginning. The path from college freshman to graduate can be rocky for first-generation students.
Compared with their peers, students who are the first to attend college in their families are often unaware of the financial, social and educational resources that can help them navigate the college admissions process and earn a degree. Federal data show first-generation students are less likely to graduate within six years and experts say they can struggle with feelings of inadequacy and other social and psychological issues like imposter syndrome, which can make the transition to college more difficult.
Despite those challenges, with adequate financial and educational resources, a strong support system and good time management skills, first-gen students can do more than just survive college – they can thrive.
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