You May Be First, But You Are Not Alone: Stories

May 15, 2018

Being the first in your family to attend college can feel lonely. It's important to know that you are not alone, and that being a "first-generation college student" is nothing to be ashamed of. The more we share our stories, experiences and advice, the better off we will all be.

That's the theory behind the fantastic web platform, I'm First, that has stories, videos, and resources for students. Be sure to check out their blog for advice and guidance from students who have been there.

It's also what motivated students at the University of California at Santa Cruz to create a video story featuring first-gen students:


You may notice a theme among many of these stories: don't be afraid to be open that you're the first in your family. Talk to faculty and teaching assistants; don't be shy - if they know you, it is easier for them to help you when find you need help (and we don't know any college students, first-gen or otherwise, who don't need help during their time at college!). Find supports on campus. Stay active and healthy. You got this. 

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