First Generation Student Network
Are you a first-generation student? At the University of Washington, a first generation student is defined as a student whose parents did not obtain a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university and are the first in their immediate family to attend a college or university. Often first generation students have little or no collegiate history within their family unit. This also includes being the first in your immediate family to obtain a US citizenship. If you identify as a first-generation student, join the First-Generation New Student Network!
The First-Generation New Student Network at UW Bothell is a community in which information, support, and resources are provided for the first-year and transfer students who self-identify as first generation. There are also networks for Veterans, GBLTQ, Disabilities, and Undocumented students. If you also identify with these networks and like to join or want information on these networks, feel free to contact the Network Leads by visiting the menu of the left.
For more information and resources, email the Alicia Weinberg, the Network Lead for first-generation students at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About your Network Lead
Hi, I'm Alicia. I am a first-generation third-year student and am majoring in Applied Computer with concentrations in user-interface design and human-computer interaction. Neither of my parents attended college, my father did not even finish high school. Now, as a seasoned student who is familiar with university processes, I would love to share resources and experiences with other first-generation students at the University of Washington.
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/first-generation-students-face-unique-struggles-elite-colleges/- A short clip of first generation students talking about the struggles they face going to an elite college
http://www.imfirst.org/ - Online community for fist gen college students. Blogs, digital stories, and Q&A!
UWB First in our Families - Digital stories of first generation faculty and staff
http://www.firstgenerationfilm.com/students.php - Financial aid and admissions fee waiver resource and scholarships
http://firstgeneration.unc.edu/ - short clip of University of North Carolina’s first gen students’ story
First in the Family (PDF) - Manuscript of advice from first generation college students
http://www.firstgenerationstudent.com/blog/ - Blog with Q&A for first generation students
https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/nerdscholar/category/student-groups/first-generation/ - Articles on tips, advice, definitions and “how to” on scholarships, credit cards, loans, banking, etc.