To talk about what it feels like to be First Generation:
- Attend FGP events to learn how your peers and predecessors are coping with this stress.
- Contact members of the FGP Executive Board, Faculty Advisor John Winston Belcher, or Dean Miri Skolnik.
- Have a conversation with one of the deans in Student Support Services (room 5-104, 617-253-4861).
- Speak with a clinician at MIT Medical's Mental Health and Counseling service.
For financial questions (jobs, budgeting, Financial Aid):
- Consult Student Financial Services
Contact Leslie Bridson, Director of Student Financial Aid, is an expert on navigating the financial aid process and helping families determine various options to help pay for an MIT education.
- Room 11-320, 617-253-8477
- Contact DuJuan Browder, Staff Accountant in SFS, is an FGP member and will be glad to speak with you.
For other questions:
- Use the Student Life and Learning site to find resources/offices that could help.
Ask any of the staff in Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP)
- Room 7-104, 617-253-6771, firstname.lastname@example.org. If they don't know the answer, they'll figure out where it is.
- Ask upperclassmen, your Graduate Resident Tutor (GRT) or Resident Assistant (RA) in your dorm or living group.
Books, videos and more about the unique experiences and needs of First Generation college students.
- First in the Family: Advice About College from First-Generation Students. The title says it all! Available from the Lumina Foundation.
- First in the Family: Your College Years is a book and audio slideshow based on interviews with recent First Generation students.
First Generation, a film
Narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, First Generation tells the story of four high school students—an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers—who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education. This 95-minute documentary explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation.
- The First-Generation Student Experience: Implications for Campus Practice, and Strategies for Improving Persistence and Success (Jeff Davis. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus Publishing, 2010, 978-1-57922-370-0 paperback, also available as ebook)
- Higher Education and First-Generation Students: Cultivating Community, Voice, and Place for the New Majority (Rashné Rustom Jehangir. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, 978-0-23062-344-6 hardcover, not available as ebook)
- The Invisibility Factor: Administrators and Faculty Reach Out to First-Generation College Students (Teresa Heinz Housel and Vickie L. Harvey (editors). Boca Raton, Florida: BrownWalker Press, 2009, and Universal-Publishers.com, 2010, 978-1-59942-523-8, paperback, available as ebook)
- Limbo: Blue Collar Roots/White Collar Dreams (Alfred Lubrano. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2005, 978-0-471-71439-2 paperback, available as ebook)
- The First Generation Advising Interest Group of NACADA, the National Academic Advising Association, offers materials primarily of interest to academic advisors. Do they reflect your experiences accurately?