“He Wanted Me to Achieve that for Our Family and I Did, Too”: Exploring First-Generation Students’ Experiences of Turning Points During the Transition to College

Wang & Nuru, 2016 / / December 2016

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This study explored the ways in which family communication facilitated support and persistence for first-generation students during the transition from high school through the first year of college with a specific focus on the first-year experience, a pivotal time when first-generation students often decide whether they will leave or stay in college. Through semistructured interviews, we identified the communication events that first-generation students perceived to be turning points in their interpersonal interactions with their family members.