A new task

Like myself and many other aspiring college students there is hope. Many college students and those who are the first of their families to attend college have a new way to help. When I am back home in San Diego, I visit not only elementary schools but all schools. It is important to talk to aspiring college students to let them know that college is not something scary and it is a possibility to attend no matter what financial background someone has. While I was in elementary school and most of middle school, college seemed too far way from my grasp. Coming from a community of mostly Latinos, not too many high school latinos would end up in college after high school. Continue reading

A new example

There’s seems to be so much evil and bad things going on in the world now a days. There are plenty of young people who are being misguided and many losing lives. While volunteering at a local elementary school while in high school I realized the importance of a good role model. Many of the children I taught were from homes just like mine, uneducated and underpaid. Many of which also have older brothers and sisters but just like mine, are living lives we shouldn’t follow. Like many other children in the same situation, even as young as elementary school children they are faced with many obstacles that can lead them to an unpromising future. Continue reading

The silent giant

There are 7.3 million undergraduates attending four-year public and private colleges and universities, about 20 percent are first-generation students. About 50 percent of all first-generation college students in the U.S. are low-income. Most of these students are most likely to be a member of a racial or ethnic minority group. When you think about the amount of first generation college students there are it can be overwhelming. Now, if most of these students are part of a racial or ethnic minority group, imagine the impact they can have. Like myself and many others I represent not only first generation college students, but the Mexican community, the lower class citizen community along with many others.  Continue reading

The new guilt

One thing that many people don’t understand is the psychological challenges that a first generation college students go through. Being in my second year of college at San Jose State University, I am still transitioning from my time lived with my parents to being independent. One common trend for many first generation college students and in my case coming from a ethnic minority group is the guilt. For years my family has had some sort system about the adult transition. My parents immigrated from Mexico in the early 1980s where they were in their young 20s they had a different approach to life opposed to mine. Continue reading

A new environment

There is something to be said to the new obstacles one endures while being the first in their families to attend a university. One new obstacle I had to overcome, like many on their first year was moving away from home. Having to move away from home into a new environment was a new experience that could have gone many different ways. When I moved away from my home where I had lived for 14 years there was a lot of things that I had to learn about myself. Not having anyone in my immediate family to turn to for advice was something I really needed and lacked my first few months in college. Continue reading

Paving the way

The best way the other first generation college students like myself can really have an impact on the future generation is as simple as setting the right example. For a long time I did not know why I acted a certain way or why certain things had an effect on me. Until I left for college I realized that all my life I was left with a gap in my heart of a role model. I realized how important to guide you in life can have such a big impact on anyones life. Continue reading

What’s being done!

There are numerous of programs around the country that support first generation students. One that I know the best is  the Encuentros Leadership organization. Like many programs that help students, the Encuentros program impact specifically the Latino community all through San Diego county. Encuentros has three different programs; their annual Encuentros Education and Career Exploration Conference, their annual Encuentros Leadership Academy, and the Encuentros Classroom Education Program. Continue reading

What lies ahead…

A lot is really unknown for most first generation college students when they arrive to college and have their first semesters under their belt. Even now that I am almost done with my second year of college theres still a great deal of unknown. Im not sure if the major I am currently in will be the same one I graduate with or if my dream job will change. Continue reading

Misconceptions

Much throughout my short time here in college, I feel as if there are a lot of misconceptions about first generation college students. One of the biggest one that I have encountered the most has been the misconception that first generation college students are immigrants or come from another part of the world. That is not the case, first generation just means, we are the first in our family to go to college. Continue reading

The unknown

I can remember sitting down at my graduation ceremony practice, just me and all the empty seats in the stadium. All I can think about was what is about to happen next. The following day I would walk across the stage to receive my diploma and say goodbye to most of the people I knew walking the stage with me. And like that High School was over, four short years had gone like the wind. Continue reading