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Category Stories: First Generation

  • Feeling on Top of The World, All on Your Own

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    Feeling on Top of The World, All on Your Own

    Understanding the experience of being a first generation student is difficult; sometimes it seems like all students share the same issues and emotions, and other times it feels like nobody struggles the same way “first-gens” do. Yet, being a first generation student is truly a unique experience. These students are often highly motivated on their…

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  • A Guide to Friends, Travel, and Going Back Home

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    A Guide to Friends, Travel, and Going Back Home

    Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a first generation student. The process starts when you decide you want to study abroad and there are a whole heap of new experiences that come with your decision to study in another country. You’ll be around a bunch of new people, you’ll want to…

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  • La Universidad De Buenos Aires: They Do What?!

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    La Universidad De Buenos Aires: They Do What?!

    Attending the University of Buenos Aires The University of Buenos Aires is ranked 11th for best universities in Latin America and is ranked 75th world-wide according to QS rakings. UBA consists of 13 faculties, 6 hospitals, 10 museums, and 3 high schools. I had the privilege of attending one of the institutions here in Buenos Aires. I…

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  • What People Don’t Tell You About Traveling Abroad

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    What People Don’t Tell You About Traveling Abroad

    As a first generation college student studying abroad, there are several things that I found that are not really discussed when researching going abroad. As someone who had not traveled abroad and who’s immediate family hadn’t either, these things would have been great to know while I was planning my study abroad experience. Even on…

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  • Learning to Walk on the Left Side of the Road

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    Learning to Walk on the Left Side of the Road

    Studying abroad as a first generation college student comes with many obstacles, as well as many feats.  As a first generation college student, there always seems to be pressure to do well at all times; pressure to study hard, make good grades and, most importantly, make your family proud.  The finish line is always in…

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  • How One First-Gen Student Prepared to Study Abroad

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    How One First-Gen Student Prepared to Study Abroad

    As a First Generation student, there are many things that I have had to do for the first time. Others can ask for advice from their parents or their siblings about matters related to college life but unluckily I don’t really have that advantage. There are times when I have had to trust in the…

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  • Interviews With First Generation College Students Abroad

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    Interviews With First Generation College Students Abroad

    There is no single, specific first generation college student. Every person has his or her own stories and different backgrounds. I interviewed two of my friends who shared their own perspectives on being first generation college students. My friend Andrew Stiehler is a junior and a double major in accounting and finance at the University…

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  • Reflections on "Doing it First"

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    Reflections on "Doing it First"

    Understanding the experience of being a first-generation student is difficult; sometimes it seems like all students share the same issues and emotions, and other times it feels like nobody struggles the same way “first-gens” do. Yet, being a first-generation student is truly a unique experience. These students are often highly motivated on their own, and…

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  • Financing Study Abroad: The Cost When You’re There

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    Financing Study Abroad: The Cost When You’re There

    It was early morning when I landed in the Auckland Airport in New Zealand following a 13-hour night in the air full of naps and binge watching The Lord of the Rings. I made my way through Customs and Biosecurity and took my first step into the rainy, warm, New Zealand air. After some time absorbing…

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  • A First Generation Student Abroad

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    A First Generation Student Abroad

    As a first generation college student, I never thought I would have made it here, but now I am sitting in this amazing country writing this article. I didn’t think it would ever happen, but I fought hard for it and with my friends’ and family’s support, my dream was able to come true. Studying…

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