First-generation students get a taste of college life

Workshops give students insight on different resources

By Shannon Lewis
On February 7, 2014

First generation students are learning that college opportunity is a dream that can become a reality through the ASU First program.

The program offers information about the university to high school students that are considering becoming the first in their families to attend college.

"ASU First shows students that ASU is a viable choice for an affordable, high-quality, and close-to-home college experience," Assistant Director Erika Baeza said. "We want to make sure that they have the tools to succeed."

First generation students struggle with getting into college because they are unsure how to pay for it, undecided on what to study, or they feel they are not good enough for school, Baeza said.

The program is in its 5th year and has recruited 497 students from 19 different schools around the San Angelo area, Baeza said.

"We had to close registration because we were very close to maxing out at 500 students," she said.

 ASU First is welcoming high school students Friday, Feb. 7 where they will tour ASU and experience some of the programs offered.

There will also be activity workshops that will explain how admissions, financial aid and career development work.

In addition, the activity workshops will explain what campus life is like from an ASU student perspective.

Ms. Gregg has been a host parent for two first generation students and she is also a parent of a recent nursing school graduate.

"I can't help financially but I can give them a roof over their head and give them a room in a steady environment," Gregg said. "It's a huge accomplishment for me watching them grow in four years, walk the stage, and receive their degree."

ASU First shines the light for high school students who are truly considering going to college.

"It's your education and no one can take that away from you," Baeza said.

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