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Breaking Barriers: Navigating the First-Generation College Experience

My paper focuses on the difficulties faced by first-generation college students, which often begin before they even start their university journey. This topic is personal to me as I have experienced these same struggles myself. In my paper, I highlight the various challenges I have faced and the impact they have on these students’ academic and personal lives.


Apart from tackling the challenges the students encounter, I also delve into significant themes such as discriminatory treatment and its disproportionate impact, which fresh college graduates often encounter when they begin their professional careers. Many interns are usually inexperienced when it comes to interning, and it is a crucial point of entry into the corporate world. Offering programs like career services, mentorship, and guidance counselors can prevent feelings of estrangement for first-time students early on in their college journey. We must be that change agent to help those students succeed.


Through researching first-generation college students, I have gained a deeper understanding of my own experiences and the challenges faced by many. The isolation, uncertainty, and imposter syndrome I have felt can all be attributed to the unique difficulties of being the first in my family to pursue higher education. Despite the challenges, I am grateful for the growth and learning that has come from my experiences and am more empathetic towards others who may be facing similar struggles.


Breaking Barriers: Navigating the First-Generation College Experience by Yvette Gonzalez is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

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