First-Generation College Student

First-Generation College Students at OTC

Congratulations, and welcome to college! Perseverance, resilience, resourcefulness, and hard work have helped you make it this far. As a first-generation college student, this is a particularly important achievement. First-generation college students are those students whose parent(s) have not attained a college degree. These students, who have little or no family collegiate history, may enter a college with limited knowledge about the jargon, traditions, and patterns of expected behavior. These factors may prevent first-generation students from fully engaging in a college setting and may contribute to early departure from the campus before the completion of a degree. No matter how intelligent and capable, first-generation students may benefit from additional support as they adjust to a new environment. It can be helpful to learn more about what other first-generation students have experienced as well as what can be done to help maximize your performance and experience as you work towards attaining your degree.

First-Generation College Student Contact Information:

        Kathy Christy or Cindy Phillips at 447-6964

Suggested Resources:  Advice about college from first-generation students.

Cushman, K. (2006). First in the Family: Your College Years. Next Generation Press. Preview the book here. With permission from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Counseling Center.

Who We Are: First-Generation College Students Speak Out 

The First-Generation College Student's Experience

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