The following are statements from first generation students. GOT wants you to know that you are not alone!
“As a first generation student, I feel a lot of pressure to succeed. My parents did not graduate high school, so when I was interested in going to college they were thrilled. My two older brothers also did not graduate. So, for my parents at this point I am their only hope for a better life. Know how I could change my life and make my parents proud, drives me.
College is not hard for me. I have a lot of support. My issue is motivation. I have had 7 years between now and the last college course I took. Now, with three kids, time and motivation are hard to find. My support system has a lot to do with my success in classes.”
“My father has eight grade education, born in the mountains of West Virginia. My mother was born in Akron and was the first of 11 children to graduate high school. I am a licensed practical nurse continuing on with nursing studies. At 20 I studied English. At 41 I entered a private nursing college and graduated at 43. Now, at 45, I am continuing on to an RN program.”
“My parents nor my brothers went to college. I can say, although my parents did not go to college, they ended up bankers. I had no interest in school. I did the least I could to get through school and graduate. It was not until I was 28 years old that I decided I wanted to go to college.
Math was hard for me and I was a bad test taker mainly because my study habits were bad. But ever since I was six, I had my heart set on being a nurse. I talked myself out of it but then decided to go for it. What did I have to lose? I can say that I am planning on applying to Columbus State’s Nursing program in January 2012.”