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First Gen College Student? What to Expect for the Next Few Years

First Gen College Student? What to Expect for the Next Few Years
Posted By: Brooke Chaplan on November 03, 2022

Although it can be challenging to be a first-generation college student, it could be an accomplishment for your entire family. Many future family college students base their decisions on the first gen. Therefore, while it may be a scary step, the decision can be significant and genuine leadership. Below are some things to expect for the next few years after leaping as a first-generation college student.

Embrace Themselves


Even though first-gen college students do not come from a long line of lawyers, engineers, doctors, and more, they can find a way to embrace themselves and expand that personality and legacy over the next few years. Their views do not hinder them; in fact, the differences allow them to put themselves out there and learn more while ensuring their culture is respected by other students, professors, and college community members. It is a misconception that being a first-generation student can hinder who someone is; the truth is that those differences allow you to engage more and walk away with increased confidence and determination.

Continue Educational Journey


Many first-gen college students keep going instead of stopping with an associate's or bachelor's degree. Instead, they enroll in a graduate plan, such as earning a master's degree. This allows them to expand their educational career while increasing the memories they can share with other family members in the future.



Building a legacy is all about growth and expansion, and continuing on an educational journey is something many first-generation students love to do.

Establish Many Valuable Friendships


Just because you come into the dealership without a legacy doesn't prevent you from starting one and forming valuable friendships that assist future generations in your family. During the first few years, it is vital for first-gen college students to try to join a couple of groups, whether that is athletic, academic, or purely social clubs. These aspects of college can make the experience less stressful, and it helps build valuable friendships. These relationships could lead to more opportunities in the future, both for further educational journeys and future career options.

Become Mentors


Many first-generation college students become mentors, sharing their experiences with others, even those who aren't family. The knowledge they've established, lessons learned, and relationships built could be a positive guideline for future students, even those who aren't first gen. While still on campus for an undergraduate or master's degree program, mentorship can happen. First gen students typically take these roles on through a social group at the college or during internships.


As a first-generation college student, you can expect these things over the first few years. Regardless, enjoying the experience and preparing for a bright future is best.
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