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First Generation College Students

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Many first-generation college students find themselves in doubt of their abilities and accomplishments. This feeling is often called Imposter Syndrome. A feeling that you are undeserving of your achievements and that someone will find out.

Being the first member of your family to go to college is a major achievement and should be celebrated. Don’t let this untrue feeling that you don’t belong in college and can’t achieve success, lead to a negative college experience.

Here are some resources to help manage the stress that comes with being a first-generation college student.

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Source: RTI International. (2019). First-generation College Students: Demographic Characteristics and Postsecondary Enrollment. Washington, DC: NASPA. Retrieved from

UNL Resources

Big Red Resilience and Well-Being
life coaching, husker pantry, financial planning

Center for Academic Success and Transition (CAST)
academic resources- workshops, tutoring, and academic coaching

TRIO: Student Support Services
Discover a community that will help you feel like your life experiences are valued, invite you to engage in new opportunities, and reach your full potential at Nebraska. TRIO’s Student Support Services (SSS) helps academically distressed students who are income-qualified, first-generation college attendees and/or students with disabilities by offering unique resources and a supportive community

Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services (OASIS)
supporting academic and social success through diversity, equity, and inclusion

Nebraska College Preparatory Academy (NCPA)
academic and financial support for first-generation, low-income students

First but Not Alone