People Look at You a Little Bit Differently: Self-authorship and the Homegoing Experiences of First-Generation College Students of Color

Boettcher et al. / New York Journal of Student Affairs / November 2020

two female students sitting with male professor

First-generation college (FGC) students represent 56% of college students in the United States (RTI International, 2019). Studies on the role FGC family in students’ campus experiences by Covarrubias et al. (2015) along with Orbe’s (2008) work on the role of culture in FGC identity development provide a foundation for understanding FGC experiences. The role of FGC self-authorship (Carpenter & Peña, 2017) on campus also helps support FGC student success. Unexamined are FGC students’ homegoing experiences in their communities of origin. This study helps fill a void in the literature about FGC students’ experiences in their home communities through the voices of one important student demographic.