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The Role of Community Cultural Wealth and Influence of Family on First-Generation Graduate Students

Sterk & Olson / Journal of First-generation Student Success / December 2023

Despite the attainment of the bachelor’s degree, research has shown that first-generation graduate students still experience challenges in navigating graduate education. However, family is often acknowledged as a significant factor contributing to success in college. This qualitative study explored the role of family for first-generation master’s-level graduate students. Findings revealed education was an expectation from families, however the graduate education experience was lonely as a “first” or “only” family member to pursue the opportunities, which led to conflicting statements of pride and guilt within their family unit.  

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