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.
Are you a first-generation student but not part of TRIO/Student Support Services? Visit our SSS page to learn how you can join.
NOV. 8 - CELEBRATION OF FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS
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"
Be sure to utilize all of the campus resources to help you succeed.
- Visit with your professors during their office hours.
- Discover all of the opportunties across campus, both social and supportive. Check out the Life on Campus webpage.
- Stop by the Financial Aid office for help navigating your financial aid package.
Show your support for First-Generation students - - - add a sticker to your email signature line. Pick your favorite from the options below.