Have you ever felt like the odd person out? Feeling as if you should understand the information or progress similar to your peers since you are just as capable, eager, and skilled, but you are not getting the same results? On numerous occasions—as a first-generation graduate and now a professional—I shared this same feeling. Thus, this blog came to be.
There is a unique population growing in America: first-generation students and graduates. Right now, our group is not usually discussed or recognized because our unique set of challenges and experiences often get mixed into the broad category of African-American, Asian, Hispanic, or European students. Our experiences are not given much priority, so being a “first gen,” I felt compelled to create a new forum for us. Here, our emotions and successes will be acknowledged and understood, and we’ll discuss strategies for how to best accomplish or overcome certain situations.
Our ancestry—regardless of ethnic background—has so many examples of our work ethic, commitment and drive. I have seen first gens rise to greater heights once we learn the rules of engagement. With this blog, I hope to introduce you to my experience and those of other first gens, as well as give you different resources and information that may help you achieve more success. Thanks for joining me on the journey.
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