According to statistics, first-generation college students are four times more likely to drop out of college-level education than second-generation students from higher-income families.
In the US, roughly 4.5 million freshmen in college are classified as first-generation, low-income students.
Statistics show that of that 4.5 million, 89% will leave college without a degree.
Are you the first in your family to reach college-level education? Does the pressure of financial, academic and personal responsibilities leave you feeling overwhelmed? Wondering how you can beat the odds and graduate?
The key to succeeding in your college career is to ask for help when you need it. Part of adapting to college is learning to take full advantage of the academic environment. Ask questions, clarify the facts, know the difference, etc. No question is a stupid question – you must be present in the lecture and material in order to learn effectively.
First-generation students are entering a totally foreign environment of which they have no personal connection. New rules and expectations will appear and sometimes surprise you, making the adaptation to college scary and nerve-racking. Our advice? Breathe, and take it as it comes.
Most colleges offer a vast array of student resources to ensure the success of their student body – take advantage of these resources. Such resources include academic advising and financial aid services. Student resources are there at your disposal, so make use of them! Seeking out additional advice or a second opinion could be that extra step you need towards achieving that degree, beating the odds, and graduating as a first-generation college student.
Don’t get us wrong, breaking the mold as a first-generation college student is a challenge, yet it is a whole new world of opportunity and a chance at great success. Take charge of your future, and be as proactive as possible to set the standard for future generations to follow.
Statistics are courtesy of blog.westwood.edu.