Are you the first in your family to attend or complete college? Do you know that the longer you stay in college the more of a statistical anomaly you are? In fact according to NPR: "only 15 percent of first-generation college students complete their degrees within 6 years".

Lubrano, in his book, 'Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots/ White Collar Dreams' coined the term 'straddlers' to describe the unique challenges, blind spots, anxieties, and pressures faced by people who are the first in their family to go to college and pursue professional or academic careers.

At all stages in our education/ career we need support and camaraderie to "keep up the good fight" among family and friends who may not understand our goals and dreams.

The purpose of this group is to encourage each other to complete degrees, share information about funding and scholarships, bring in guest speakers, have panel discussions, provide opportunities for mentor relationships to develop, read books together, celebrate successes, and have informal meetings around various discussion topics. We will also speak to groups at community colleges, volunteer to help adults to get their GED's, and raise money for scholarships.

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Recent Meetups

  • May 20, 2013 · 6:00 PM

    1st generation drinks / appetizers

    3 Heroes

    Relax, hang out, learn more about each other on a beautiful spring evening Please RSVP early so I can make an accurate reservation.. Thank you see you soon! The cafe is... Learn more
  • March 9, 2013 · 6:15 PM

    Introduction meeting

    4 Heroes

    i live in springfield and would be happy to host...lets meet at my house and introduce ourselves, share our stories, what it means to us to be a 1st college student/grad... Learn more
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    "Hello- There is growing interest in this group and I would like find out how people would like to get together and where and when:"

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    September 14
    "I just moved to Northampton, transferred from a community college to Smith College."
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    March 13, 2014
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    Caryl Caryl joined
    February 23, 2014
    "I am writing my dissertation and could use some social stimulation from the isolating reality of grad school."
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    November 24, 2013
    Jodi G.
    "I am a higher education professional and PhD candidate who has spent the past twelve years passionately supporting first generation college students. I am one."
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    Kyla Kyla joined
    September 28, 2013
    "Kyla is a current college student with interests in working with adolescents and striving for community change through education."
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    Toni Toni joined
    August 14, 2013
    "My name is Toni i moved here from Texas about a year ago and I'm looking for groups and things to do around my community. I am a 1st generation college student i start in less than a month and I'm super nervous about it."
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