Tag Archive for: first generation college students

How Immigrant Generation and Mentors Shape Educational Success

  Reference: Caduff, A., Dehingia, N., & Raj, A. (2023). The role of immigrant generation and mentors in educational attainment. AERA Open. https://doi.org/10.1177/23328584231190380 Summarized By: Ariel Ervin About the Study Although many immigrant-origin students are optimistic and have aspirations for the future, they still experience challenges (e.g., xenophobia, racism, and discrimination) often associated with psychological […]

Dr. Anita Caduff sheds light on immigrant students and mentoring

Dr. Anita Caduff is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California San Diego and former middle school teacher whose research focuses on the understanding of the transformative power of social relationships, particularly for immigrant-origin students. In this interview with Assistant Editor, Saniya Soni, she shares insights into her most recent study, shedding light on […]

A qualitative thematic analysis of first-generation college students’ help-seeking attitudes, decisions, and behaviors

Reference: Hagler, M., Johnson, R., Boags, J., & Snipe, L. (2023). A qualitative thematic analysis of first-generation college students’ help-seeking attitudes, decisions, and behaviors. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/15210251231198006  Summarized By: Ariel Ervin About this Study  Evidence shows that college degrees are longitudinally associated with higher earnings, greater civic engagement, […]

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]. ProQuest Dissertations 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 […]

Exploring the college transitional stories of first-generation college students engaged in division III athletics

Zlotkowski, L. (2023). The unique challenges and demands of first-generation college students who participate in division III athletics. Journal of First-Generation Student Success. https://doi.org/10.1080/26906015.2023.2222050 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: First-generation college students face more challenges than their peers in navigating college. Because student-athletes need to maintain their athleticism and academics to succeed, it’s imperative to […]

How do mentoring relationships affect the college enrollment of first-generation college students?

Glass, L. E. (2023). Social capital and first-generation college students: Examining the relationship between mentoring and college enrollment. Education and Urban Society, 55(2), 143–174. https://doi.org/10.1177/00131245221076097 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  There is a progressively big gap in college graduation rates among first-generation and low-income students. Studies indicate that this notable disparity stems from a lack […]

New study explores first-generation mentoring in college students

Hagler, M. A. (2023). Mentoring first-generation college students: Examining distinct relationship profiles based on interpersonal characteristics, support provision, and educational capital. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.23003 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  While more and more first-generation students are enrolling in college, they are still less likely to receive their bachelor’s degree for various reasons (e.g., […]

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

By AiLun Ku and Ray Reyes, Reprinted from the 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 […]

New study explores: The uneven climb from college to career

By Karin Fischer, Reprinted from 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 […]

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 […]