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What’s It Like Being A First Gen Student?

September 01, 2020

There are many students who are the first in their families to go to college, or who came from low-income backgrounds. With that comes more pressure and a strive to succeed.

In this video produced by Eva Magaña ’20 and Julia Groves ’20, Anaïs Gurrola ’19 and Sabrina Cerquera ’20 have a conversation about what it means being a first-generation college student.

Resources for first generation college students at Lewis & Clark include:

Great Expectations (GE): a program designed to help incoming first-generation college students and/or students of color transition into Lewis & Clark College.

Hu/Hsieh Internship Grant: the purpose of this grant is to underwrite or supplement expenses of first-generation college students at Lewis & Clark College who are pursuing internships in the private sector.

Pathways to Success in STEM: pairs first-year, first-generation students with a faculty mentor to work on a research project together. These paid positions are designed so new students receive an inside look at what it really means to be a scientist. There are no prerequisites or previous experience required, just a curiosity about science and research.

Xperiment LLC: the Xperiment Living-Learning Community is cultivated through an on-going partnership with the Department of Mathematical and Natural Sciences and is housed in Copeland Hall. Xperiment has a goal of helping bridge first-generation college students to STEM fields. 

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