First-Generation

“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.

 

Student Spotlight: Sierra Joy Williams C’22

Sierra Joy Williams C’22                                 
Majors: Biology
Minors: History and Art History
Launch Career Communities: Social Impact, Education, Law & Government and Arts, Communications & Languages
Launch Identity/Affinity Community: First-Generation
Baldwin Honors Scholar

Secretary of Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society
Treasurer of

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Career Advice for College Students: 5 Tips to Build a Strong Foundation

College years are all about that hustle and bustle. From attending classes and parties to tackling exams and social life, there’s little spare time on your hands.

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First Generation College Students Speak on Covid’s Impact

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Perspective | They come bearing gifts

This article outlines the gifts that first-generation college students possess.

Read entire article HERE

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“My American Dream” by Gabriella Ramirez C’23

I was always taught by my parents, immigrants from Latin America, to pursue the American Dream: study hard, go to college, and find a successful career. So far, it seems that this has been the route I have been taking. …

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Featured Resources

Independent College Fund of New Jersey

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Veterans – please click the link below to see a listing of scholarship opportunities that you may qualify for!

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