Students on the Pace Pleasantville Campus

First Generation Students

It is a remarkable achievement to be a first-generation college student. College is exciting and challenging and there can also be some additional stress and pressure being the first in your family to attend college. Some concerns specific to first-generation students include:

  • Pressure to achieve academically for both you and your family
  • Feeling other students understand more about college life
  • Doubt about your ability to succeed
  • Being unable to ask your family for advice or help
  • Fear of losing your identity in your community or family
  • Confusion about social and other rules and expectations
  • Worrying about finances
  • Feelings of guilt or shame about having the opportunity to attend college
  • Embarrassment or resentment about your family’s socioeconomic status or the level of education

The Counseling Center welcomes the opportunity to be able to support first generation college students in their social, academic, familial and emotional adjustment and well-being.

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