“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world
better than you found it.” Marian Wright Edelman, American lawyer and civil rights
activist who founded the Children’s Defense Fund
The First Generation Identity/Affinity Community, is a place where students can network with like-minded alums and professionals who are passionate about their journey as First-Generation students. This community will identify shared experiences and resources central to their academic success.
Scroll through the articles, blogs, videos, and TED talks to find information related to the first generation experience and be inspired by first generation success stories. At the bottom of the page, you will find resources, including First-Generation organizations and scholarships earmarked specifically for First-Generation students. If you are interested in participating in and/or supporting this community, please feel free to share your experiences, provide resources and opportunities that may support students’ pathways to development, connect with students to offer insight and support, and inform the broader community of internships, community engagement, or job opportunities.
Check out the DrewFIRST club!
DrewFIRST is a club centered towards the success of first generation college students. Students who identify as such struggle with the transition to college, and often find themselves feeling isolated and lacking the necessary support and resources to find their place. DrewFIRST hosts events and workshops that cater to professional, academic and social development for each student.
Looking for academic support?
The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) is a vital part of your student success network. With support in areas such as subject tutoring (e.g. Math, Science, Humanities, etc.), writing, academic coaching and accessibility resources, we take pride in supporting your academic plans and goals.
Learn more about how the Center can help.
Feeling stressed or overwhelmed?
Check in at the James A. McClintock Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for individual or group therapy. Though most services are currently remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CAPS remains committed to providing services for all Drew students at no cost.
Learn more about counseling and psychological services.
Questions about financial aid?
Financing your college education can be complicated. The Office of Financial Assistance gives you personal attention with an assigned financial aid counselor to help you understand the process. You won’t be transferred to anonymous call centers or shuffled between counselors unfamiliar with your situation.
Learn more about financial aid and scholarships.
Get started on your career path
As a part of Launch, the Center for Internships and Career Development team is part of a larger experiential learning network across the University community, enabling us to provide a more in-depth, intersectional career education. Make an appointment with a Launch Catalyst today!
Learn more about career development.
As a first-generation student, Ivan Quintana said he felt immense pressure. He felt the weight of his family’s future on his shoulders and thought he couldn’t make any mistakes. Each step he took felt essential to the next, and he …
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Understanding the first generation experience takes a special approach because it exists in so many unique forms. There is no “boxed” approach, and there shouldn’t be. The more understanding extended toward each individual, the stronger the student success effort.