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Networking as a First-Generation Student Can Be Hard. Here’s How to Get Started.

By AiLun Ku and Ray Reyes, Harvard Business Review If you’re a first-generation college student, you might have heard people tell you to network for better opportunities. If you’ve rolled your eyes at that piece of advice, you’re not alone. The truth is that, for students from underrepresented backgrounds, including low-income households and BIPOC (Black, […]

New dissertation explores the persistence of first-generation college students during COVID-19

Beckman, C.M. (2022). How First-Generation Undergraduates Persisted During COVID-19: Adaptive Capital? [Doctoral Dissertation, Saint Mary’s College of California]. ProQuestDissertations Publishing. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  There are different persistence and retention rates between first-generation (FC) college students and continuing-generation college students (CS). Evidence also indicates that people who have a bachelor’s degree can have […]

The Uneven Climb From College to Career

By Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education Ask students why they go to college, and they cite one reason more often than any other: To get a better job. Yet students’ chances of landing that good job after graduation aren’t created equal. Low-income students, students of color, and those who are the first in […]

How do social belonging and peer friendships develop for diverse first-generation college students?

Salusky, I., Monjaras-Gaytan, L., Ulerio, G., Forbes, N., Perron, G., & Raposa, E. (2022). The Formation and Role of Social Belonging in On-Campus Integration of Diverse First-Generation College Students. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 15210251221092708. https://doi.org/10.1177/15210251221092709 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  ​​First-generation college students (FGCS) are less likely to obtain their degrees. […]

How can peers make a difference in first-generation college students’ purpose in life?

Lund, T. J., Liang, B., Lincoln, B., White, A. E., Mousseau, A. M. D., Mejia Gomez, L. A., & Akins, E. (2022). Purpose in Life among First-Generation College Students: Friends Make a Difference. Youth, 2(1), 12–22. https://doi.org/10.3390/youth2010002 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Having a purpose in life is associated with many positive academic, economic, & […]

To Reduce Inequality on College Campuses, Invest in Relationships

Proactive student support and mentorship culture is undervalued in academia, writes Becca Spindel Bassett, who studies inequity in higher ed. By Becca Spindel Bassett, Inside Higher Ed Colleges are more than departments, buildings, and classes. They are organizations composed of resources and relationships. Supportive campus relationships yield resources so valuable that we shouldn’t sit back […]

Make new friends, but keep the old: A longitudinal study of first-generation students’ mentoring relationships during their transition to college

Hagler, M. A., Christensen, K. M., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). A Longitudinal Investigation of First-Generation College Students’ Mentoring Relationships During Their Transition to Higher Education. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, https://doi.org/10.1177/15210251211022741 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Many factors, such as affordability and limited cultural capital, contribute to the barriers many […]

The Challenges of First-Generation College Students

By Gene Beresin and Khadijah Booth Watkins, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds Currently, around half of all students attending college are the first in their families to do so. First-generation (first-gen) students have many strengths, as shown in the research. They tend to have higher satisfaction in college compared with non-first-gen peers, increased […]

Complicated lives, complicated excuses

by Jean Rhodes I maintain an email file of the student excuses I’ve received in my 20 years as a professor at UMass Boston. Some are predictable for college students, “I spilled coke on my computer and it turned off and won’t come back on,” or “This is embarrassing but I was several pages into […]

Mentors help first-generation college students succeed

Fruiht, V. and Chan, T. (2018). Naturally Occurring Mentorship in a National Sample of First-Generation College Goers: A Promising Portal for Academic and Developmental Success. American Journal of Community Psychology (2018) 0:1–12. Editor’s Note: Professor Veronica Fruiht continues to produce important research on natural mentoring relationships. In this new study, she and her colleague find […]