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The Struggle is Real

Image of Central Library of Vanderbilt University via Wikipedia and used here with a Creative Commons license.
Image of Central Library of Vanderbilt University via Wikipedia and used here with a Creative Commons license.

The road to college can be a tough one. An article in The Atlantic touches upon how difficult it can to be the first in the family to attend college and an article on Cleveland.com talks about the financial challenge for low-income students.

Even though college is new to any first-time freshman, adjusting to it is more difficult for a first generation, low income student. This can be for a few reasons:

  • struggling with social integration
  • academically behind
  • live at home or off-campus
  • financially challenged

Being a first generation student comes with challenges. Their help system is smaller than those who are of second or third generation. They face more financial challenges because they are of a low income.

Going to a public high school doesn’t put out in the open the challenges students have except academic based challenges But in college the challenges for first-generation students can be more noticeable. Students from low-income backgrounds are not as well off as their college peers who are second, third generation or of a higher income. Because of the difference it is harder to connect and be social with peers. That leads to trying to find a niche, people with similar backgrounds.

The expenses that come with college are harder to fulfill. Access to a college education is now not difficult to attain but the costs are a bigger barrier for a first-generation, low-income student. They need help to make their education more affordable.

The challenges can pose a threat to their possibility of  graduating.

Organizations like One Goal focus on helping first-generation students get to graduation.

The opportunities and the support is there but the challenges are harder to overcome. Mentoring, college programs and organizations can help students overcome those challenges and make it more possible for them to graduate.

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First-generation students studying in the Summer Institute study room at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Kennedy Library. Photo by Melissa Nunez.
First-generation students studying in the Summer Institute study room at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Kennedy Library. Photo by Melissa Nunez.

Welcome to First-Generation! This blog will touch a variety of topics relating to first-generation college students.

Who is a first-generation college student?

“A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university.” – Chapman.edu

The college experience can be different for first-generation college students. Starting from the application process to learning the ropes of college.

The content on this blog will be similar to that on I’m First and First Generation Student.

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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s University Union. Photo by Melissa Nunez.

The look of this blog will be inspired from blogs with a simplistic font, centered post layout and nice visuals.

I am currently a first-generation college student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The stories featured here will have insight from other first-generation college students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The stories will also include a persepective from faculty who are familiar with the struggles of first-generation college students and support those on campus.

Keep checking in every week to see how the college experience is different for those who are first in the family.