First Generation Students
Why Are First Generation Students Different?
First generation students can't rely on their families for firsthand information about navigating college.
As a result, they usually don’t identify people who can provide guidance as they navigate unfamiliar structures and procedures, and unspoken rules and expectations. The typical first generation response is to fall back on the strategies that have worked to get them to college: grit, perseverance, and effort.
Unfortunately, without supplemental outreach from the college, these strategies are usually deployed in a vacuum so first generation students often fall short despite their best attempts to succeed.
my own college counselor before
I even knew what a college counselor was.
First Generation Student Facts
Who is Forward F1rst For?
First Generation Identity
First generation college students can't rely on their families for firsthand information about how to navigate the road to and through college.
In most cases, this is because they are the first in their family to go to college. But not always! For example, people pursuing full-time four-year degrees might also identify with first generation experiences if:
Forward F1rst intentionally uses a broad definition for first generation identity, and we’ve built the resources and community to support anyone who identifies as first generation.
First Generation Strengths
First generation students struggle on the road through college, but the courage to undertake this struggle reveals a strength that was there all along.
First generation students have experience persisting in their pursuit of long-term goals, as evidenced by the sustained efforts that help them forge a path to college.
First generation students’ path through college is nonlinear. They persist through the highs and lows of the transition to college, rising to the challenge each time.
Why are we a PBC?
Forward F1rst is a Public-Benefit Corporation
Forward F1rst was created to empower first generation students. We exist because of our mission, and we wanted to make sure we’ll always be dedicated to the students we serve.
A PBC is a company that prioritizes mission over profit, which ensures that we will first and foremost remain committed to moving first generation forward.
We’re not a non-profit organization, but we blend the mission-driven commitment of a non-profit with the flexibility and resources of a for-profit organization.
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