First-gen college journeys: Rahim’s 5 tips to thrive as a freshman

For first-generation students, college can seem like a far-away land. Sure, it looks great in a glossy brochure. Smiling students stroll across campus. Fall leaves turn golden and red. Stately looking buildings surround pristine lawns… Read more »

Beating the odds: A young mother and first-gen college student’s path to and through a top-tier state university

Denice Carpenter, a Dell Scholars Program graduate, is working on her masters’ of social work at UT Austin. The daughter of parents who didn’t have an education beyond high school, Denice never viewed college as… Read more »

Struggles and triumphs of a first generation college student

For first generation students, the college experience is uncharted territory. Often they face critical decisions about their academic careers without the benefit of advice from family members. And as the first in their families to… Read more »