First-Generation College Students Push Toward Their Goals

Pictured above: Northeastern first-generation college student Cristian  

Being first in the family to attend college isn’t always easy. In the video “Staying on Course: Strategies for First-Generation College Students to Succeed,” students talk about juggling home responsibilities with coursework and struggling to feel they belong – and what helps them succeed. 

The video was produced by three faculty members who were themselves first-generation students: Dr. Earlene Avalon, Assistant Teaching Professor of Health Management and Health Sciences, Dr. Christina Lee, Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at Bouvé College of Health Sciences, and Dr. Kristen Lee, Associate Teaching Professor in Behavioral Sciences. The project was funded by a grant awarded by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. The video includes a list of student organizations that give first-generation students support and a sense of community.