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 abroad as a first generation student can be a struggle. There is so much that goes into going abroad that it can be overwhelming at times. When I first started the process of going abroad, I had no idea where to turn until my TRIO advisor pointed me in the right direction. TRIO is a national student support program for first generation, low income college students that assists with their whole college experience. As the process started to move along, I had so many questions: “Where am I going to go? How can I afford it? What does this mean for graduation? Who do I ask for help?” I recently interviewed a first generation friend who is a part of the IFSA-Butler program studying at the University of Otago this semester. Ana Tobio is studying abroad from Colgate College in New York.