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First Generation College Students

Vocabulary Words New College Students Need to Gain a Competitive Edge

Christina Berchini | Posted 03.27.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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...

A Commitment to Making College Accessible to First-Generation College Students

Anne E. Huot | Posted 12.31.2014 | College
Anne E. Huot

As a first-generation college student myself, I can personally attest to the life-changing impact college has had for me, and for many people I have had the privilege to know because of my choice to attend college and further continue my studies.

First Generation College Students: The Optimist

RealClearEducation | Posted 10.24.2014 | College

Keresoma, or “Soma” Leio comes from a tightly knit Samoan family. Through high school, he lived in a small three-bedroom home in south Los Angeles...

Determination Defined: The Carmen Rodriguez Story

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

The lesson to learn from the "Carmen Rodriguez Story" is that through hard work and dedication you can achieve your personal goals. Though life may hand you obstacles, you can turn them into opportunities.

Choosing Your Professors and Keeping Those Ties

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 09.03.2014 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

Among the most important people who will influence your college life and, even life after, will be your professors. And they will help you increase your grades if you know how to engage them.

College Leaders Commit to Help One Million Low Income Students Attain College Degrees

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 08.30.2014 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

College leaders from across the country gathered at the College For Every Student (CFES) Center in Essex, NY on June 24-25 to develop strategies to he...

Teen Named School's First African-American Valedictorian

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 06.19.2014 | Black Voices

It's one thing to read about black history in high school, it's a whole other thing to become black history at your very own high school, and that's j...

When Your HS Graduates Choose Community College

Isa Adney | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Isa Adney

It scares me how much the negative stereotypes of community colleges have crept into the national psyche. Because they creep into community college students' psyches as well and make them feel unworthy of success before they've even begun.

Denver Teen Overcomes Hardship, Turns Suspension Into Scholarship

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 06.17.2014 | Teen

Aracely Navarro knows a thing or two about hardships. She also knows about overcoming them. The recent Denver North High School valedictorian is no...

First-Generation Student Graduates With Honors and Shares Her College Experience

Diane Propsner | Posted 08.09.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

College graduation was especially sweet for Jennifer Eadie. A first-generation student, she's the first woman in her family to graduate from college.

It Is Not Just About Finding a Job, It Is About Finding a Fit

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 07.06.2014 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

They can learn some of the workplace social and negotiating skills from these encounters which are relatively low-risk. But they can also learn explicitly by asking questions and for guidance. Just learning how to ask questions is a workplace skill.

WATCH: Film Explores Difficult Road To College For 'First Generation' Students

VOXXI | John Benson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Latino Voices

Filmmaker Adam Fenderson’s new documentary “First Generation” explores the journey of four different high school students hoping to become the f...

What's a GPA? When College Campus Is a Strange Land

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.17.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

How can schools instill in disadvantaged men and women the belief that they deserve to be college students -- that people "like them" can not only manage but thrive in the middle-class culture of higher education?

How To Tear Down Barriers For First-Generation Students

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 10.31.2013 | College

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. As a senior at Taft High School in Lincoln City, Oregon, last year...

True Online Learning: Why Accessibility and Accountability Matter

Dr. Mika Nash | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. Mika Nash

Online learning -- done right -- is the most effective way to reach a majority of those students for whom higher education would otherwise be out of reach.

The Danger of 'Efficiency': Don't Shut Out First-Generation College Students

Cynthia Huggins | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Cynthia Huggins

As is often the case with first-generation college students, my family lived paycheck-to-paycheck and had never been able to save any money to help put me or my siblings through college.

The Sum of All Salaries

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

When did we lose our high hopes for personal transformation in higher learning? What cynic convinced us that the idealism of a life spent working in the public interest is worth much less than a life spent making money in furtherance of corporate interests?

Do-It-Yourself College Applications: 10 Steps to the Common App Essay

Ruth Starkman | Posted 10.29.2013 | College
Ruth Starkman

You might be relieved to know that as "complex" and "confusing" as the college application process may sound, putting together your own application and writing your essay without paid advice may, in fact, give you better results.

The Educational Pipeline: Improving the Transition to College

Karen Gross | Posted 10.13.2013 | College
Karen Gross

First, we need to create a new cultural norm: being smart is a good thing. Then, we need to focus more on what are oft-termed the non-cognitive skills -- despite the fact that these skills are deeply cognitive and undeserving of pejorative connotations.

Blacks, Hispanics More Optimistic Than Whites?

AP | HOPE YEN and JENNIFER AGIESTA | Posted 08.01.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Growing up as a black teen, John Harris III says he wasn't always sure about what he wanted to do with his life. But the 23-year-old, no...

Seven Big Mistakes College Students Make

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 06.11.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

College students have been known to make all kinds of mistakes, including stupid ones usually involving too much beer. Here are seven scenarios where not speaking up can be a disaster. They play out far too often on campuses daily.