- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2009
I’m ignoring my dissertation at the moment to elicit general information from the Hive.
Were you a first-generation student (meaning neither of your parents attended college)? If you were, do you feel like the campus provided sufficient resources for you? What could’ve been improved to meet your needs?
Here’s a quote I’m using in my dissertation that I found particularly powerful (specifically for working-class college students) :
“as a college student, I am expected to perform as if I never learned how to be a worker, as if I was prepared by professional parents to be a professional myself, as if I went to a school with an ethos of professional expectations. However, my schoolwork was mechanical, routine, and denied its students creativity and control. Teachers tracked me into vocational education. Authoritarian administrators and clanging bells prepared me for a factory future. Now as I try to find my way through the maze called college, constantly feeling like everyone is referring to some experience that I haven’t had, I ask myself questions. Can I shake this inherent self-doubt? Can I overcome my anxiety about speaking in class? Can I really be accepted among these future professionals and decision makers? Or am I relegated to being a pretender who builds a fragile facade of belonging?”
Share your stories and help me better understand the experiences of first-gen students!!