I Am A First-Generation College Student And I Am Not The Stereotype
Start writing a post
Student Life

I Am A First-Generation College Student And I Am Not The Stereotype

How most first generation college students do not fit the stereotype put in place by society.

1206
Exec and directors
Ashley Duke

Recently I was given an article about how to teach first-generation college students and I disagreed with just about everything the article said describing first gen college kids, especially since I am one.

My peers also agreed that the article was very stereotypical and placed first-gen students in a small box instead of discussing the attributes of different types of first-gen students.

We are all very different types of students, from extremely motivated and driven to those that just cruise through school. The article I read described all first-generation students as the type that isolated themselves and struggled in school. This is not the case for myself and for the other students I spoke too. We took the most advanced classes in high school so when we got to college we would be prepared for the coursework and be able to become heavily involved in clubs.

As for the isolation aspect of first-generation students, this is also not true for all of us. I joined a sorority and became a tour guide and peer instructor for my school while some others chose to join political debate groups or service organizations. While we enjoy our alone time, just like any other student, we do not isolate ourselves because we don't know how to work the system.

While I may not fit the stereotype described in the article, some first-gen students do and that's okay. College can be overwhelming for some and most campuses have resources to help those that are struggling. It is our job to teach those students struggling, whether they are first gen or not, about those resources and how they can improve their college experience.

Moral of the story here is this, do not treat someone different just because their parents did not attend college and do not assume they aren't just as driven as someone else. First gen students are important and we should support them in any way we can.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Ethan Menzies

*Cue Epic Newsroom Music*

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

4th Of July Is The Best Time To Vacation

The 4th of July is truly an amazing time to be with the people who make you feel the most alive and appreciate all the freedom that we do have.

1018
4th Of July Is The Best Time To Vacation

My family doesn’t vacation much. But my earliest childhood memory of vacation is going down to the beach for the 4th of July.

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

Is Meaningful Casual Sex A Paradox?

Why noncommittal sex is more complicated than we'd like to think.

6627

I lost my virginity to a graduate student from Los Angeles. We’d met at a rundown cafe whose Yelp page complained of an alleged rat infestation. His name was Ken and he was 25. What drew me to him was the peculiar way his mouth was perpetually fixed into a sideways, half-moon shape that was like a smirk but without any trace of smugness. But the two most striking parts of Ken by far were the dinner plate roundness of his face and his small, expressionless teddy bear eyes. Of the things that mattered to him, there was his best friend, a college dropout who sold computer parts in Toronto, and sex.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

A Conversation About Sex

"Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature." - Marilyn Monroe

9088
Thinking Beyond Barriers

There it is. Even though I'm not around you, I can feel it. Was there a flutter of embarrassment in your mind when you saw the word sex in this article’s title? Did you look over your shoulder to ensure nobody was around before you began to read this?

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

13 Signs You Are A True Cancer Of The Zodiac

Calling all babies born June 21st - July 22nd!

6776
My Astral Life

I'm the first to admit that I am one of THOSE people who uses their zodiac sign as a description of themselves. I realize not everyone believes in astrology-related anything, and there are plenty of people who don't fit their signs. However, I'm one of the people who truly fits their sign to a tee. I'm a Cancer, a Crab, a Moon Child. It's currently our season fellow Crabs! So without further ado, here are all of the signs that you're a Cancer.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments