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First Generation College Students

Journey to College Series #4: Final College Decisions

Students Rising Above | Posted 08.24.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

Financial aid packages have been reviewed, colleges have been visited and in most cases, final reflection has taken place. Some students know the moment they visit a particular campus it's the right school for them. But for a majority, the final decision is much more complex.

Vocabulary Words New College Students Need To Gain A Competitive Edge

Christina Berchini | Posted 08.18.2016 | College
Christina Berchini

There is a set of vocabulary words that, if taken seriously, are designed to give students a competitive edge. Hear me out ― I’m an English teac...

Congratulations. You Got Into College. Now What?

Students Rising Above | Posted 06.28.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

For many students, college acceptance does not guarantee college completion.

Denver First Gen Grad Becomes Global Leader

Carol J. Carter | Posted 06.07.2016 | Denver
Carol J. Carter

Arnie Chacon, Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources at the U.S. Department of State, was the first generation in his...

From Hell's Kitchen to Higher Ed: A First-Generation Googler Shares His Experience

Carol J. Carter | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Carol J. Carter

Jaime Casap is an Education Evangelist for Google. He will be one of several big-stage speakers this week at the GlobalMindED Conference this week, Ju...

Here's How We 'Make America Great Again': Support First-Generation College Student

Chastity Lord | Posted 05.27.2016 | Education
Chastity Lord

If we are truly going to make America great again, we need to be visible and vocal in support of these first-generation students because they are the future curators of the American dream.

10 Ways to Cut College Education Costs

Students Rising Above | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

As high school graduations wind down, many college-bound students are setting their sights not only on entering college come fall, but also making sense of what can be complicated financial aid packages.

Hope, Dreams and Aerospace

Carol J. Carter | Posted 05.26.2016 | Women
Carol J. Carter

"Everyone can dream big," says Karolyn Evans, Senior Aerospace Engineer at Sierra Nevada, "but only those with hope will actually achieve it." Her edu...

Show me the money? Not so fast.

Katherine Bihr, Ed.D. | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Katherine Bihr, Ed.D.

There are a multitude of ambitious scholarship programs across the United States that open doors for students to attend the universities of their drea...

First Gen Latina Managed All-Male IBM Team: Retired But Not Resting, Alma Rosales Paves the Way for Next-Generation Leaders

Carol J. Carter | Posted 05.11.2016 | Latino Voices
Carol J. Carter

Retirees, Alma Rosales says, are too often overlooked--and too often underestimate themselves--as resources that can inspire and mentor the workforce. Retired people have an abundance of time and a vast range of knowledge waiting to be tapped by someone looking to better themselves.

Leading by Example: Outreach Trip Addresses Health Disparities

Students Rising Above | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

By Rosario Castañeda, Student  Yale University & Students Rising Above Maya Angelou once wisely stated that "When you learn, teach. When you get, g...

Hired Before Graduation: A First-Generation Student Tells How

Carol J. Carter | Posted 05.02.2016 | Business
Carol J. Carter

Learning to balance work, school, and personal commitments is often difficult for first-generation students, and Amelia feels that the lessons she has learned in this area have been some of the most important.

Journey to College Series #3: Narrowing Down College Visit Choices

Students Rising Above | Posted 04.29.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

Late March and April is one of the most enjoyable times of the year for Students Rising Above (SRA) advisors. This is when students finally hear back from their targeted colleges regarding acceptance, and most receive their financial aid packages.

Life Without DAPA: One Woman's Story

Rebecca Abara | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Rebecca Abara

Knowing my family members won't get torn from me because of policies like DAPA is motivation to ensure that others can have what I believe is truly the American dream: living safe, healthy, and happy in the country that you love and call home.

Navigating the College Financial Aid Process: Unique Challenges for First-Generation Students

Students Rising Above | Posted 04.12.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

By Robin Levi, Advisor Students Rising Above The words "filling out financial aid documents" strike fear into the minds of most parents. The endless...

Giving Back: A First-Generation Leader Shares His Personal Story

Carol J. Carter | Posted 04.11.2016 | Education
Carol J. Carter

By connecting the lessons he learned from his early life to his personal and career goals, Dr. Davila is setting an excellent example both for students who face the same obstacles and for those who serve as mentors.

Not Enough Hours in the Day: Work Study Students and Sleep

Zachariah Ezer | Posted 03.29.2016 | College
Zachariah Ezer

Picture a college student. What is she doing? My guess is, most of you have a mental image of either a raucous party or a frantic cram session. One thing you probably aren't picturing is her sleeping.

Reflections on an Extraordinary Journey

Students Rising Above | Posted 03.18.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

By Jennifer (Nchedo) Ezeokoli Stanford University & Students Rising Above In just a few short months, I will be a graduate of Stanford University. As...

20 Things Every First-Generation Latino College Graduate Should Know

Yuliana Salinas | Posted 02.23.2016 | Latino Voices
Yuliana Salinas

If you were raised in a household where your culture and/or Spanish language was valued, then don't ever be ashamed of it! Let it continue to be a part of you.

Private University Options for First-Generation Students: "A More Intimate Learning Experience"

Carol J. Carter | Posted 02.04.2016 | College
Carol J. Carter

According to research done by the Council of Independent Colleges, a higher proportion of first-generation and low-income students enroll at private colleges than at public universities. Additionally, more of these students graduate without debt than their counterparts at public universities.

Journey to College Series #2: Where Our Students Are Applying

Students Rising Above | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

One of the earliest and most important steps in the college application process is putting together a balanced, realistic list of colleges.

The Dark Side for a First-Generation College Graduate

Dallas Rico | Posted 01.21.2016 | Education
Dallas Rico

We celebrate individuals from low-income families who graduate college despite the odds. And rightfully so. Obtaining a Bachelor's (or Master's or Doctorate) degree is an achievement in and of itself. We applaud those individuals and are genuinely happy for them. But no one ever talks about how lonely they feel.

Any Goal Is Achievable With the Support of a Strong Community

Carol J. Carter | Posted 01.22.2016 | College
Carol J. Carter

Forty-five percent of all college students in California are the first in their family to enroll in higher education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. I would like to introduce you to one of these students.

10 Strategies for Colleges to Retain and Graduate First-Generation Students

Carol J. Carter | Posted 01.05.2016 | College
Carol J. Carter

All faculty and support staff need a basic frame of reference on access and equity issues. They must be able to engage students in meaningful ways to respect differences and promote a variety of opinions. College, after all, is about learning to respect and value yourself while learning and working with people whose views you may not hold, but whose collaboration you need.

Internship Experience and Networking Paramount for College Graduates

Students Rising Above | Posted 12.28.2015 | Impact
Students Rising Above

Internships have become a key part of the college experience. Data shows that a majority of employers feel that internship experience is paramount as they consider recent college graduate job candidates.