“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


In the First Generation Identity/Affinity Community, students will be able to network with like-minded alums and professionals who are passionate about their journey as first generation students and who will help identify shared experiences and resources central to their academic success. This is a space where students can learn how to master their academic journey and become ready to develop as early career professionals: a community of members supporting the success of every student!

Scroll through the articles 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.

Students in need of academic support, including tutoring or coaching, please contact the Center for Academic Excellence HERE

Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or depressed, reach out to the Counseling Center to make an appointment HERE

Have questions about your financial aid, contact the Financial Office HERE

If you need help with your resume, C.V. or cover letter, assistance with searching for an internship/job or creating a Linkedin profile, or are thinking of going to graduate school, contact the Career Center HERE

 

Famous Firsts

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Albert Einstein, and Oprah Winfrey share an interesting thing in common.  Can you guess what it is?  They were the first in their family to graduate from college.  This article from greatschools.org by , profiles 32 …

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Are You First Gen? Depends on Who’s Asking

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Trying to help a high school senior get into his dream school, Laurie Kopp Weingarten called the college to emphasize that the boy should be able to lay claim to the latest, and fuzziest, of all admissions hooks: being a …

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My study abroad experience as a first-gen college student

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For first-generation college students, life abroad can be quite shocking, beyond the fact studying abroad itself is an eye-opening experience. As students whose parents did not attend college, sometimes we know little to nothing about what studying abroad means. For …

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Inspiring Message to First Gen College Students from Michelle Obama

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Former first lady Michelle Obama – a first-generation college graduate – has a message for first-gen college students across the country

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Michelle Obama’s advice to 1st-gen college students: ‘You are faster, quicker, smarter, sharper’

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Former first lady Michelle Obama has a message for students who are the first in their family to attend college.

“It’s going to be okay as long as you don’t quit,” Obama told students Wednesday at her annual #BeatingtheOdds Summit …

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