Normalizing the Unknown for First-Gen Students
I was the first in my family to go to college.
The oldest child of an immigrant family, I worked since I was 11. I was 17 when I started at the University of Maryland, where I was a commuter student. I relied on a caring adviser and friends whose siblings and parents had been to college to help show me things like how to apply, how to register for classes and where The Dairy was to get ice cream in the afternoon.
Originally published: July 28, 2022
Author: Nicholas Ladany
Institution: Oglethorpe University
Published by: Inside Higher Ed