I've gone through two huge moves in my life: once when I left Brazil when I was 9 and settled in Miami, and again when I left Miami to come to Tufts. I…
As a first-gen student myself, I can't say that I speak for all first-gen students. We’re not all the same. We all have different journeys and obstacles to overcome on our way to college (and at college). My parents had some college (one of them in a completely different country), but neither of them had even applied for a four-year college. They couldn’t help me with the forms, the logistics of the college search or preparation for interviews.
Even so, I think we first gens often share a lot of the same fears and challenges – we’re all going to somewhere new for the first time and it’s one of the first times we’re doing something without our parents’ voices of experience. We sometimes feel like impostors during the process – not quite knowing what will come next.
Here’s are some of the pieces of advice that helped me: