I'm the first of my family to attend college. College to me means a huge opportunity to have an enhanced future, Never give up on your dreams, one must work hard to get what we truly want. Also, don't be scare of asking for help along the way. Two of the most important individuals that helped me out along the way are my college counselor, Mr. Estelle and my mother. They both motivated me daily to be the best I can be. Never think college is not for you; college is one of the best decision I have made in my life so far.
My name is Destiny Will and I will be first! I am from a family of 17 kids and 15 of them including me are adopted and minorities. I am here studying at Marquette University in Wisconsin trying to be the first successful of the 15 adopted kids in my family. I have always been encouraged by my parents to attend college and decided at a very early age that I would attend college after watching my siblings experiences in life compared to my two non adopted sibling who complete college. Even though I only in my first semester of college, I have experienced the respect that come with attending a school like Marquette and the power and strength of the relationship between Marquette Alumni and current students. My advice to those who are in similar situation is to never doubt yourself. Its hard to not compare yourself to previous family members who have not successfully completed college and to get rid of the constant thought that you are going to end up just like them, but you have to. Remind yourself everyday that you are capable and going to succeed because you are unique, strong, and an inspiration to your younger siblings.
I'm first! I will be the first in my family to go to college. My mother graduated high school and my father dropped out his freshman year, after that they didn't pursue any further education. I have four older sisters, and one older brother, who all dropped out and worked towards their GED. My family's past made me feel that graduating wasn't important, and in turn lead me to believe that college was just a waste of money. Despite my stance on schooling, I worked very hard and graduated with a 3.8 GPA. I loved to learn and when some family friends spent time with me and discovered that I would thrive in a college environment they helped me find a school that would suit me, and inspired me to apply to CCAD, where I will be attending in the fall. Do not think that your circumstances are also your future! Become something great.
I'm so excited to attend college! And being "The First" is a huge accomplishment for me. Before even knowing my parent's educational background I had my mind made up about continuing my education. There was no questions and no doubts. My father passed away when I was only 6 months and my mom works tirelessly to make sure that I have everything I need to be successful. They say parents provide for their children everything they didn't receive from their parents, but wanted. I can say that is true. Even though my mom doesn't pressure me to go to college she supports my decision 100%! Watching her do everything within her power to make my life better pushed me to desire to be great! Earning my degree will not only be one accomplishment that I can be proud of but it serves as a badge of honor for my mom too. My degree will show her that her hard work has paid off. She always says, "I'm raising you to be better than me." So earning a degree will say to her "job well done, mom!" and I can be proud of not only myself but her as well.
[tags: Generation X Work Essays]
Once you've lived in a basement with your family which includes, you, your mother, your father and your newborn brother, you assume that your situation could not be any worse than it already is. Once you move into your first house, however, you start to realize something. The only way to go is up. So when you finally start high school, you're focused on moving up. Whether it's moving up the social ladder or just moving up to the next grade, you become dead set on achieving more and more. When the time comes for you to start college applications, it helps to think about what inspires you. Sometimes, you may not have the help of your family. Sometimes, they're the ones that are against you. But know one knows you better than yourself, and don't ever forget that. If you're an awful procrastinator, like myself, don't bite off more than you can chew. Pacing yourself is key. The last thing you want to do is stress yourself out. You've already got your grades to worry about, and we high schoolers know that our lives don't consist of only homework and the questionable cafeteria food. You've got a life too! When it comes to college applications, make sure you assess your family's financial situation. My family certainly didn't have the money for twenty college apps (not that I would have done that much anyway). I had to think within my means and I encourage other students to do that as well. I'm sure none of you want loans. Try visiting campuses to feel them out. Hint: the one for you feels the most like home. The key to being a trailblazer is knowing your own strengths and weaknesses. Focus on burning brighter, and keep going up no matter what!
[tags: The Lost Generation Ernest Hemingway Essays]
Berkeley isn’t the only university putting programs in place to help first-generation students. Other efforts include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s program, Carolina Firsts (18.6 percent of UNC’s incoming freshmen are first generation); and Loyola Marymount’s First To Go program. And for those who want to continue on to postgraduate work, there’s the federal McNair Scholars Program, specifically designed to provide financial assistance to first-generation students and other underrepresented groups who want to pursue advanced degrees.
How it feels being the first in the family to make it to college.
As attention on first-generation students has grown, so have programs to help them. Cal gets in touch with such students even before they even enroll, says Mejia. “We want to be sure that they will come,” he explains, and not opt for a lesser college closer to home or be lured by the Ivies. Once enrolled, there’s an option for freshmen and transfer students to take a one- or two-credit class that introduces students to the resources Berkeley offers. The Center also offers one-on-one counseling, and provides ongoing information to students through social media.