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.