The First Ones: Three Studies on First-Generation College Students

Adsitt, Longwell-Grice, Mullins & Serrata, 2016 / NACADA Journal / November 2016

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Three qualitative studies related to first-generation college students show themes of strain in family relationships and lack of practical familial support. One study reveals sources of resiliency and persistence of graduate students; another explores sense of belonging for undergraduates; the final features concerns of Latinos at a 2-year college. These studies show that student identity creates unique challenges for those transitioning into bicultural persons. Advisors who understand students coping with changing family status while attending college can proactively guide them toward completion. Administrators should provide programs and professional development that help advisors address the complex issues facing first-generation students