New York University's First-Generation College Celebration
2020 First-Generation College Celebration
The New York University (NYU) StudentLink Center brings the First-Gen Student Celebration virtual! This year’s first-gen event series is designed to be engaging, educational, and empowering. Along with three days of virtual events leading up to National First-Gen Student Day on November 8, the NYU StudentLink Center also created zoom backgrounds and Instagram filters, encouraging first-gen NYU students to celebrate their identity!
Kicking off the celebration on Wednesday, November 4th, is a virtual bingo for students to celebrate the first-gen identity and provide a virtual space for students to engage with other students. On Thursday, November 5th, the Center will be hosting a virtual resource fair to give students an educational experience to learn how NYU programs and campus resources can help them succeed. To wrap up, on Friday, November 6th, the StudentLink Center has invited a group of current NYU first-gen students to talk about how they are navigating remote learning, self-care, and staying connected during the pandemic.
2019 First-Generation College Celebration
StudentLink Center's second First-Gen Student Day celebration will feature a StudentLink First-Gen Fair for all New York University students. The fair will have tabling from many University partners including career services, learning center, student life, etc., who will be on hand to offer information beyond the office basics. Each office will also do a short Instagram Live segment throughout the Fair to reach students who otherwise can't attend. There will also be popcorn and cotton candy machines, a picture booth, and fun games to help students network and engage with others. The idea is to create a relaxing and fun environment for students, increase awareness surrounding the first-gen student identity, and for University partners to share information about their offices proactively.
2018 First-Generation College Celebration
NYU's StudentLink Center held their inaugural First-Gen Student Day event in 2018 and invited students to give thanks to the people who have helped them in their academic life. They designed special first-gen day postcards for students to write their word of thanks and then mailed them out for the students. The Center also provided rack cards with information relevant to continuing and graduating students to help them look forward to the rest of the fall semester.