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First Generation College Students

Being Black and Fitting in at College

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 11.23.2015 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

On almost any campus where I have been I have had some student -- or many -- talk about how they did not feel they belonged where they had landed.

Five Tips for Transferring to a UC From a Community College

Students Rising Above | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact
Students Rising Above

Ever heard the phrase, "the early bird gets the worm?" That's certainly the case here! You will find that there are many requirements you must fulfill to be eligible to transfer to a University of California (UC) campus.

Journey to College Series: Introducing Our Students

Students Rising Above | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact
Students Rising Above

By Robin Levi, Advisor Students Rising Above The following is the first installment of the Students Rising Above's College Application Journey series...

Internships Offer Invaluable Glimpse Into Potential Career Field

Students Rising Above | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Students Rising Above

I believe the internship experience is what you make of it. If you don't take advantage of the resources available, then you won't be able to experience the program 100%. Be flexible when looking for internships and during the internship, because you never know unless you try.

Four Things I Wish I Knew When Entering College

Students Rising Above | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Students Rising Above

My life has been nothing of the ordinary. However, I have managed to survive and rise above the tragedies. As a high school student in Richmond, California, I was determined to get out of my bad neighborhood.

Magnetic Attraction: Realizing Student Potential Through Specialized Curricula

Carol J. Carter | Posted 10.09.2015 | Education
Carol J. Carter

Quietly working to close the achievement gap in America, magnet schools offer competitive education without regard to real estate. Magnet schools originated in the 1970s in hope of promoting voluntary desegregation.

How California Is Helping Low-Income Students Succeed In College

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.21.2015 | Media

The New York Times: California’s Upward-Mobility Machine When it comes to recruiting and retaining an economically diverse student p...

How Technology Is Improving College Success Rates and Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Students Rising Above | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Students Rising Above

Isn't it great when technology works out even better than expected?

On the Road to Higher Ed: First Time College Students Begin their Journey

Patricia Roberts | Posted 08.26.2015 | Education
Patricia Roberts

While we applaud all first time college students this month as they move forward toward their dreams, let's offer a special shout out to those students whose paths were not assumed and who may have had a more difficult time getting and staying on route.

From Problem Child to Model College Student: One First-Gen's Success Story

Carol J. Carter | Posted 10.09.2015 | College
Carol J. Carter

George is an example of someone who re-cast his life's vision, amounted to his purpose and developed the habits and skills to make his dreams reality.

Five Things Families of First-Generation College Students Need to Know

Dr. James T. Minor | Posted 08.10.2015 | College
Dr. James T. Minor

College access and success programs have mainly focused on supporting first-generation students but families must also focus on how to appropriately support their students. Family support (apart from money) is as critical as any campus-based intervention designed to retain and sustain students. The following are five things families of first-generation students should consider before and after lugging that last footlocker into a dormitory and kissing goodbye.

These Groups Are Hoping To Help First-Generation College Students Make It To Graduation

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.13.2015 | College

For students aiming to be the first in their families to earn a college degree, there are many obstacles to getting into school -- but the challe...

A Professor's Pointers for Success in College (2.0): 23 Easy-to-Follow Tips

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead | Posted 08.18.2015 | College
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

It's about that time again. Sleepy college towns will begin to awaken, abuzz with an excitement that only college students can inspire. Young scholars will soon arrive on college and university campuses, ready, or not so ready, to take on the world of higher education.

From Overcoming to High-Achieving: A First-Generation STEM Star Tells How

Carol J. Carter | Posted 07.21.2015 | College
Carol J. Carter

Elise Tran has overcome many obstacles to make it to her sophomore year at Colorado School of Mines. Not only was she the first in her family to graduate from high school, she is now the first in her family to attend college, currently studying to become a mechanical engineer.

The Drug War Hurts Latinos, and We Have the Power to Stop It

Mayra Espinoza-Martinez | Posted 07.09.2015 | Latino Voices
Mayra Espinoza-Martinez

The one thing all parents share is the desire to protect their kids. Although the legalization and regulation of all drugs may seem counterintuitive to that desire, repealing prohibition will keep our communities safer. Legalization reduces the profit margins of illicit products and disincentivizes the time, money, and violence necessary to traffic drugs.

The Case of the Lonely Professor (or Why Students Should Reach Out to Their Professors)

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 07.02.2015 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

There she is, sitting in her office surrounded by books and maybe a wilting plant. The Lonely Professor. Piles of papers on her desk and no one comes to see her. She has her lonely apple for lunch. She thinks about the students she sees in her classes and wonders what they are doing now.

A Mentor Making a Difference in the Lives of First-Generation College Students

Carol J. Carter | Posted 06.16.2015 | College
Carol J. Carter

While working as a guidance counselor at one of the lowest performing schools in Florida, Travis Pinckney noticed that students weren't energized by school. But he saw how they became invigorated while talking about clothes and shoes they purchased and music they heard or made.

From Prison to College: Here's Why Education Matters

Aspen Institute | Posted 05.28.2015 | Crime
Aspen Institute

Before we all went to college, we went to prison. In that unlikely place, we began our educational journeys. We discussed books while walking the prison yard -- sharpening our minds, and in the process, more deeply understanding ourselves.

A Home Run Out of the Housing Projects: Donique Wray's First Gen Success Story

Carol J. Carter | Posted 05.28.2015 | College
Carol J. Carter

Growing up in the Jacksonville Housing Authority (JHA), Donique Wray had several strikes against her at an early age. First, her mom had run away from home at thirteen to live on the streets and she had a hard time recognizing her own brilliance or that within Donique.

My Challenges as a First-Generation College Student

Jennifer Damouras | Posted 06.19.2015 | College
Jennifer Damouras

Four years ago, I would have told you it was awful being the first in my family to attend college because I felt more lost than my peers in this college process. Now, I can say being the first to attend college has been a great experience for me.

Vocabulary Words New College Students Need to Gain a Competitive Edge

Christina Berchini | Posted 05.27.2015 | College
Christina Berchini

First-genners are at an inherent disadvantage because, unlike their non-first-gen counterparts, first-genners know less about how to navigate the system to gain a competitive edge.

My Mistake as an Immigrant Student Was Viewing My Difference as a Drawback

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 05.12.2015 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

My biggest mistake was seeing my difference as an immigrant and first-generation student as a drawback. I was limiting myself from many opportunities by thinking this way. Instead, I should have looked at this as an admirable quality because it defines who I am today.

'Free' Does Not Mean 'Valuable': Why Free Community College Needs Strings Attached

Carol J. Carter | Posted 03.29.2015 | College
Carol J. Carter

We applaud President Barack Obama's many steps toward educational and career access for all Americans. We believe that for the free community college initiative to deliver needed results, we need clarity on the problems facing community colleges, strong accountability measures, and solutions to drive student success, not simply access.

A Better Way to Climb the Ladder to College Success

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.21.2015 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

It's time to fix the broken rungs of the ladder and eliminate the barriers to higher education that, in themselves, have become a root cause of social injustice. It's time to recognize what's happening in our country is of our own making.

CFES Conference Aims to Share Best Practices for Guiding Low-Income Students Toward College

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.04.2015 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

"I never thought that I would actually make something of myself," declared Ryan McLennon, a freshman at State University of New York at Plattsburgh an...