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Narratives for Facilitating the Advising of First-Generation College Students


Psychology Department


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Social and Behavioral Sciences


College students whose parents did not go to college bring valuable experience and perspectives to campus communities, but they also face challenges. This paper presents five narratives that describe situations faced by first-generation students. The narratives serve as starting points for advising conversations. Each brief narrative provides enough information to provide a concrete basis for a substantive discussion of strategies for handling the challenges of being a first-generation college student. The narratives are particularly appropriate for use in peer advising, and the narratives can also be used to help advisors become more aware of the challenges that first-generation students encounter.

Conference Name

World Association for Case Research and Application

Conference Location

Berlin, Germany

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