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First Generation College Students

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.

Facebook Internship Reinforces Confidence, Acknowledging Mistakes

Students Rising Above | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
Students Rising Above

Life can be full of opportunities just waiting to be seized. But sometimes as a first-generation, low-income student, these opportunities may not be clearly identified, or you may not have the appropriate guidance or confidence to go after them.

Five Tips for Writing Supplemental College Essays That Stand Out

Students Rising Above | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Students Rising Above

By Debra Farb, Volunteer Students Rising Above It's been several decades since I wrote my last college essay, but I can still feel the visceral sen...

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.