First generation college students face added challenge

Going from high school into college is a major life transition.

Suzanne Monaghan
May 25, 2018 - 9:31 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Going from high school into college is a major life transition. And it can be challenging for children whose parents didn't go to college. But there are things students and parents can do to prepare. 

It's the catapult to adulthood, but first generation college students don't have a parent at home who can help them understand what to expect.

"There are just so many things that first-gen college goers aren't aware of and aren't quite sure how to navigate," said Villanova Associate Professor Krista Malott.

So Malott says students should spend the summer preparing.

"What am I going to do as far as getting involved in making some supports and contacts when I get there," she said. "Let me look online to find those tutoring resources, the clubs that might fit parts of my identity or my passion and how do I find a way to fit in socially."

Nearly a quarter of college students are first-generation and many schools have resources specifically for those students.