I have seen first gens rise to greater heights once we learn the rules of engagement. And I can't wait to see you rise even higher.
The RISE of a FIRST GEN written by Irnande Altema, Esq.
To be the first to RISE,
to embrace your
first gen identity.
Are you stuck on what to do next in school or in the workplace? Feeling stagnant, directionless or lost?
Do you want to learn the unspoken rules and strategies to #RISE?
Being a #firstgen does not cripple you. You WILL become a college student, a graduate student and a professional, but first educate yourself on how to navigate these spaces and rise to your fullest potential.
In this book, your membership in this #community is validated and strengthened. This is your year to grab hold of your future and rise beyond your wildest imagination.
Irnande Altema's The Rise of a First Gen, invites you into Altema's world and takes you through her journey to success. In this vulnerable account, Altema shares her story of being a first-generation American navigating the intricacies of maintaining cultural and familial values on her rise to the top. Whether readers identify as first-gen or not, many can relate to the challenges and triumph Altema highlights in her book. I saw some of my own adversities reflected in the pages. As a higher education professional, it is a relief to witness Altema speak up about the obstacles she and so many like her experience starting in school through the professional world. From these experiences, she shares "rules of engagement" which offer tangible ways for first-generation students to persevere and overcome obstacles as they reach to the top. This book should be mandatory reading for first gen students everywhere! - Malissa Rivera, Senior Academic Advisor, Kreiger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
Irnande Altema's The Rise of a First Gen, is an incredible resource for college students and young professionals for years to come! - Don Rau, Maryland General Assembly
The Rise of a First Gen is a wonderful piece with such thoughtful information and tips! - Colleen
This is a great piece of work, sharing your hard fought school experience as a first gen. It’s an asset for all college bound students, and a privilege for all high schools to shelve a copy. - John
I just finished reading my copy! I found Irnande’s book to be extremely insightful, honest and relatable. I am in a “transformation” phase in my life and I’m working to change careers. This book was easy to understand and to the point on how to achieve success in your career or aspiring career. This book isn’t just for first gens; this book is for anyone who is looking to make changes and inspiration to grow into your purpose! - Bridget
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