Strong 支持 For First-Gen Students
Nearly a quarter of 巴黎人官方 undergraduate students are the first in their families to attend college.
First-gen students often don’t have access to the same information 和 support as students whose parents have earned bachelor’s degrees, so Carthage provides resources to help them navigate college 和 connect with other students, 教师, 和工作人员. Carthage offers a strong support system for first-generation college students. Nearly a quarter of our undergraduate students are the first in their families to attend college.
No one first-gen student has the same story. While they may all fall into the same definition of “first-generation” their experiences 和 the diversity of their identities make each of them unique.
Hear from First-Gen Students 和 工作人员
胡安gÓmez-solis ' 25
“When I visited Carthage for the first time, the tour guides 和 professors welcomed me with open arms. They gave me suggestions on what parts of campus I should check out, 和 they told me which staff members to talk to should I have any questions. I recommend other first-generation students get involved in clubs 和 sports because they are great ways to integrate yourself into campus life.”
“在巴黎人官方, being a first-gen student doesn’t hold me back but gives me a superpower to use to my advantage in all aspects of life. I have experienced so much support 和 encouragement from the entire Carthage 社区 — they will help me become the person I want to be. I feel like I belong here at Carthage, 和 I have space to grow as a student 和 individual.”
“I am so grateful to have been able to meet other first-generation students when I participated in First in the Family, the College Success Seminar, 和 1G. I recommend finding 和 creating friendships with other first-gen students because I met some of my closest friends through FIF. The programs also helped me gain skills that set me apart from other students, which aided me in getting elected to leadership positions such as the vice president of 1G 和 学生会.”
“Carthage’s First in the Family program helped so much when it came to transitioning to college life. I was afraid of starting college because it was going to be a whole new chapter in my life, 和 no one in my household could give me advice. During FIF pre-orientation, Carthage staff talked to the first-gen students about the many resources Carthage offers for free. While talking to the Carthage staff, I realized that they are here because they want us to succeed, 即使在我们毕业之后. FIF gave me a boost of confidence 和 encouragement to succeed at Carthage.”
玛莉索马丁内斯, Student Success Advisor
“Being first-gen is 和 will continue to be a huge part of my identity. I have realized over the years as a professional that you never stop being first-gen. I have been first in many things outside of pursuing higher education — the first at being a professional, 首先要受到尊重, 第一个被看到的. I have been a part of conversations 和 been in spaces I would have never imagined. I am the first to have the power to make a change in my family 和 社区. Being first-gen to me means my parents, 社区, 和 the generations to come will have a seat at the table. Being first means it’s the last time our voices go unheard.”
Resources for First Generation Students
First-time Freshman College Success Seminar
The College Success Seminar curriculum for first-time freshmen consists of one class a week for seven weeks (see your schedule for details), with your first-year advisor as the instructor.
1G is a student-led organization dedicated to developing a sense of 社区 among first-generation students while providing a space to connect with 和 support each other.
Assistant Dean for Student Success 和 Wellness
Health 和 Counseling Center