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Feet on campus, heart at home: first-generation college students struggle with divided identities

First-generation (FG) college students, or students whose parents have not earned a four-year degree, face unique psychological challenges.<p>Although …

Guilt is one of the biggest struggles first-generation college students face

First-generation college students, or students whose parents have not earned a four-year degree, face unique psychological challenges.<p>Although perhaps supportive of higher education, their parents and family members may view their entry into college as a break in the family system rather than a …

College & University

First-Generation College-Goers: Unprepared and Behind

Kids who are the first in their families to brave the world of higher education come on campus with little academic know-how and are much more likely than their peers to drop out before graduation.<p>When Nijay Williams entered college last fall as a first-generation student and Jamaican immigrant, he …

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

Over the next few weeks more than three million first-year students will show up to well-manicured campuses all across the nation to begin their first semester as college students. It is a special time filled with excitement and random worries about the unknown for students and the families sending …

College & University

How First Generation College Students Can Face Down Their Challenges

Image: File<p><i>This article was written by BE Smart Contributor Chelsea L. Dixon, M.S., M.A.T. For more about the author, see her bio at the end of this</i> …