“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.

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Student Spotlight: Luca Rampazzo C20

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Luca Rampazzo C’20
Major: Business 
Launch Career Community: Business, Finance & Entrepreneurship
Launch Identity/Affinity Communities: First-Generation and International Student
Sports: Fencing

What attracted you to Drew?

I grew up in Padua, in the northeastern part of Italy, and was looking …

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Student Spotlight: Jose Fabrizzio Cevallos C’22

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Jose Fabrizzio Cevallos C’22
Major: Biology
Launch Career Community: Medicine & Health Profession
Launch Identity/Affinity Communities: First-Generation, International Student, Commuter |Transfer |Non-Traditional
Club: Ariel

What attracted you to Drew?

I was attracted to the forest environment because I grew up …

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Student Spotlight: Abby Huaccho C’23

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Student Spotlight: Abby Huaccho C’23
MAJOR: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
MINOR:  Italian
LAUNCH CAREER COMMUNITY: Medical and Health Professions
CLUBS: Tri-Beta (Biological Honors Society), Ciao, and Ariel
ON-CAMPUS JOBS: T.A. for Prof. Dobbelaar, Chemistry 150 …

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Alumni Spotlight: Sabrina Chmelir C’19, Research Assistant at NORC at the University of Chicago

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Sabrina was born on a military base in Germany and grew up in New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Washington State before coming to NJ. She applied to Drew as a transfer student and liked that Drew was a small liberal …

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Thinking About Graduate School? Check Out The Virtual Idealist Grad School Fair


Are you considering a graduate school program that provides meaning and helps drive change? Check out the virtual Idealist Grad School Fair! Connect with HUNDREDS of social-impact graduate programs over 12 days from Sept. 10 to Oct. 20. It’s free, …

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