In this episode, we explore the experiences and struggles of first-generation college students.
First, we hear from our colleague Valentina, Education Post’s chief of staff, about her experience as a first-generation college student. Then, we speak with a current first-generation student, Leticia, and a staff member from the OneGoal organization, Melissa.
OneGoal is a coalition of teachers, students, school leaders, and education advocates that work to close the college degree divide that has been preventing millions of students from accessing a life of choice and opportunity. They help students from under-served communities get into college and make sure that they graduate.
- Why Valentina chose a career in education [4:18]
- Valentina’s college application experience [7:00]
- The danger of loan consolidation programs [9:20]
- How Valentina will prepare her own kids for college [14:50]
- Valentina’s advice for first-generation college students [16:56]
- Why Melissa chose a career in education [18:49]
- What Leticia’s first day of college was like [21:31]
- How OneGoal prepares students to get past the first day of college [25:35]
- How OneGoal helped Leticia [28:00]
- On the pressure that many first-generation college students feel to succeed [37:40]
- How we need to expand the definition of what college is, so that we setup first-generation students for success [48:21]