With the increased importance of higher education, an increased number of individuals entering college identify as first-generation students. These students are either those whose parents never graduated from college or those whose parents never pursued education past a high school diploma. These students face unique struggles when coming to college. However, by utilizing the resources provided on a college campus, they can develop personal and professional skills that will help them overcome the struggles that come with this experience.
As a first-generation student, it is important to develop your professional networking skills. It is important to connect with the The Vantage Point and The Academic Resource Center on campus so you can meet face to face with someone who can give you access to tools/tips you can leverage for personal and professional gain.
As a first-generation student, it is important to create relationships with your professors. They will be able to answer questions and to give extra help you may need. If you are falling behind or do not understand a topic, they are the best resource. They can also open doors to research, internships, and teaching assistant jobs.
It is important to get familiar with the art and culture of the campus. When you come to campus, you will be introduced to a new and exciting culture. Additionally, you bring your own culture with you when you come to campus. First generation students have a chance to combine their own culture and the culture of the campus to create clubs, programs, and events that cater to people with similar experiences and struggles.
As a first-generation student, you face unique challenges when you come to college. You also bring a unique perspective to campus, so get involved and make a difference. As you go through college, remember that there are support systems at MBU to help you develop your identity and professional life.