“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.

 

Trouble paying for Textbooks? Check out the Student Lending Library!

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Gabrielle Ramirez, President of the DrewFirst Club launched the Student Lending Library this semester with hopes of alleviating financial constraints for students struggling to pay for textbooks. More information about what this initiative is can be found here.

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Q&A: How to Be Successful as a First-Generation College Student

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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 …

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Proud First-Generation Graduates Share Their Success Stories

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Working with first-generation students presents educators and counselors with unique challenges and potentially great rewards. While the enrolment rate of first-generation students in the U.S. is rising gradually, their retention and graduation rates are dismal and stagnant. Nearly 90% of …

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Finding success as a first-generation medical student

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Students who were the first in their families to graduate from college are bringing about change in medical school, cheered on by mentors and advocates at their institutions.

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First-Generation Students Discuss Overcoming ‘Impostor Syndrome’

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(NEW YORK) — When Jared Jaramillo arrived at his East Coast college, the Utah native and first-generation college student felt like he’d entered an “alien world.” While the 19-year-old excelled at math and science in high school and was admitted to …

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