First Generation College Student

Posted May 17, 2019

What Every First-Gen Student Needs to Know About Attending a Predominately White Institution

Dear first-generation, low-income, immigrant high school seniors, You’re about to accomplish a major milestone. Not only have you made your parents proud, but you have…

By Diestefano Loma

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Posted May 16, 2019

I’m Headed to Stanford on a Full-Tuition Scholarship and I Have My Public Charter School to Thank for That

“Education is the way out of poverty and into a better life.” For years, my family harped on this mantra in hopes of providing me…

By George Rojano

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Posted May 1, 2019

Without Family Support, I Wouldn’t Be on Track to Become the First in My Family to Graduate College

Unfortunately, school districts that primarily serve non-White students receive less funding than school districts that primarily serve White students. A report by EdBuild found that…

By Matthew Taylor

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Posted Apr. 30, 2019

When I Walk Into a School I See Kids Who Remind Me of Myself, Waiting for an Opportunity

Recently I have been thinking about what it means to be in the “education reform” space and reflecting on how I got here. Many of…

By Jill Shahen

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Posted Mar. 14, 2019

Some Students Can’t Afford to Leave Money Behind When Applying to College

When you grow up as I did with meager means—with a household income of less than $50,000 for a family of five—you pinch pennies, frequent…

By Kim Lopez

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Posted Feb. 1, 2019

I’m a Black Gay Man, and Supporting LGBTQ+ Kids Is Important to Me

Brian Coleman, who heads the counseling department at Jones College Prep, has been named the 2019 National School Counselor of the Year. This is the…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 29, 2018

I’m a DACA Recipient and a First-Generation College Graduate and I’m Nervous About What’s Next

It’s a day I’ll never forget: September 5, 2017, the first day of my senior year at NYU. It was the day the Trump administration…

By Mayra Gonzalez Menjivar

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Posted Oct. 5, 2018

College Credit in High School Is Great, But Where Are the Classes About My Latina History?

As a first-generation college student, I jumped at the opportunity to take college classes while in high school. As a result, I was able to…

By Joselin Rivera

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Posted June 15, 2018

I’m Proud to Be First-Gen, But There’s a Lot More to Me Than Just That

I am proud to be the first in my family to have gone to college. However, that is not all I am. I am the…

By Mariana Martinez

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Posted May 22, 2018

I’m Celebrating First-Gens Because I Am One

We all know the journey to—and through—college isn’t easy. It can be especially difficult for first-generation students who are the first in their family to…

By Merone Hailemeskel

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Posted June 11, 2019
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By the End of My Third Year, I Was in Therapy. We Must Start Taking Teachers’ Emotional Health Seriously.

We all know the female elementary school teacher stereotype, perhaps best portrayed by the iconic Jessica Day from New Girl: bubby, cheerful, exquisitely put-together, good,…

By Kristabel Stark

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Posted June 11, 2019
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How Teachers and Families Can Help Students Build Reading Fluency Over the Summer

Summer is a time for trying new things. Summer can also be a time for falling backward on academic skills like reading fluency. Research shows…

By Cindy Jiban

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Posted June 12, 2019

When It Comes to College Graduation and Finding a Job, Mentors Make a Difference

I am living proof of the OneGoal motto: “College graduation. Period.” I’m a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University (SIU) of Carbondale where I studied…

By Jawon Mayberry

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