The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences and challenges encountered by first generation college students analyzing what aspirations they had in pursuing a higher education. This qualitative study asked participants to discuss experiences in trying to access higher education.
The results revealed higher education meant greater opportunity for advancement and financial means to the respondents, as well as a sense of pride and support to their families. Challenges faced included a variety of responses, from financial struggles, poor academic advisement, lack of preparation in high school, and feeling the pressure to succeed followed by a feeling of intimidation or being lost. Of the perceived existing resources reported by this study, there was an increased need to promote services offered by the university such as tutoring, efficient advisement, mentoring programs and a continuum of financial services.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Higher education|
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