Being First

Breaking new ground creates excitement by facing challenges in the pursuit of goals and dreams. Being first is a great source of pride, and with recognition and support, leads to a higher level of success.

When Jennine Capó Crucet was a college freshman, her parents stayed for her entire orientation. It wasn’t because they especially wanted to; they just didn’t know what they were meant to do. As a first-generation college student, Crucet was not aware of the norms understood by most of her peers. Now a novelist and professor, she gives her take on what first-generation students need.

Getting to CSU was not an easy task.... I knew I wanted to go to a university, but I had no clue how to get there.

Eboni Stevenson

A new initiative by the University of California system uses first-generation faculty to guide first-generation students, with the goal of decreasing dropout rates.

The biggest challenge for First Generation students may not be exams or papers, but finding the means to survive.