Each year, National First-Generation College Celebration Day recognizes first-generation college students across the country. At CCV, 55% of students are the first in their family to attend college. In an effort to help our first-gen students reach their academic and career goals, CCV offers a broad range of resources including the TRIO Student Support Services program, which provides specialized advising, academic and life coaching, access to TRIO grants, private tutoring, and other opportunities.
Today, CCV is proud to celebrate all of our first-generation students. Hear from some of our outstanding students below.
“I feel like I have a huge responsibility to succeed in this journey; I feel like I am changing my family history. Being first-generation sometimes makes me feel scared and insecure and also confused like I am going somewhere with no guide, and sometimes It feels even harder to find my own way. On the other hand, it’s also really exciting because I am challenging myself. The best benefit by the end of this journey is that you get to choose a career that you are passionate about, learn new things, and develop my skills.”
“It is very exciting and impressive to be the first college student in my family. I have had this dream since I was young and I thank God that my dream is fulfilled. My parents are the biggest support for me, and they always encourage me a lot. Since I am the firstborn in the family of six children, my parents and I believe that I am the person who my siblings can emulate. I really can’t wait for my graduation.”
“Advice that I would give to another prospective first-gen student would be seek academic support resources early on, find highly motivated students to partner with, embrace who you are, be proactive about financial assistance, get involved, don’t overload yourself, take (smart) chances, build a support system, but more importantly, don’t ever doubt yourself. Yes, things can be challenging at times but don’t give up, especially when you’ve made it this far.”