Academic Resource Center

First Generation

First Generation Students

What does it mean to be a first generation student?

At Viterbo, we identify you to be first generation if neither of your parents graduated with a bachelor's degree.

Nov. 8 - Celebration of First Generation COLLEGE Students

Viterbo's Celebration

How does being a first generation student impact you?

Each student responds differently, but some common challenges include:
  • Not knowing options for financing your education.
  • Having pressure to succeed; do more than what your mom and dad were able to achieve.
  • Finding activities that will help you get involved beyond the classroom.
  • Feeling different from family members because of higher educational experiences.
  • Having trouble fitting in. NPR Blog "Fitting In on Campus: Challenges for First-Generation Students"
Each fall Student Support Services (SSS/TRIO) hosts a panel discussion for new students, where our continuing first generation SSS students share their experiences about transitioning to college.

For fall 2017, the Peer-to-peer Panel presentations will be at the following times:

Tuesday, Sept. 5

5 - 6 p.m.

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Thursday, Sept. 7 4 - 5 p.m.

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Sunday, Sept. 10 

6 - 7 p.m.

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Monday, Sept. 11 

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, Sept. 13

6 - 7 p.m.

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Thursday, Sept. 14 6 - 7 p.m.

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Register for a presentation at Viterbo-peer-to-peer-rsvp-2017.
Below are videos showcasing success stories of five of our students from Fall 2015. They shared stories of their challenges and successes of being a first generation college student.

FileQuestion #1: What did coming to college mean to you?

FileQuestion #2: What was the transition to Viterbo like for you?
FileQuestion #3: What was an obstacle you faced and how did you resolve it?
FileQuestion #4: How were your relationships with family and friends affected?
File Question #5: What advice do you have for the audience?
Question #6: What prior experiences unexpectedly helped while at college?

Are you a first-generation student but not part of Student Support Services? Visit our SSS page to learn how you can join.


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