First-generation students are the first in their family to go to college. But they have a 45% dropout rate - often because they are juggling jobs, and family and cultural pressures. A UNR graduate who works with first-generation students decided to turn their stories into a documentary. We talk to him, as well as first-generation students. Were you the first in your family to go to college? Did you stick with it, or drop out? What challenges did you face, that students who came from a college-educated family didn't have to deal with.
Chris Barry, UNR graduate student & documentary filmmaker
I applaud the discussion of achievement of first generation college students and welcome further time devoted to the subject. The process is often devastatingly difficult as they are faced with challenges that their privileged counterparts could not remotely understand. In the long run we will all benefit greatly from the addition of diversity into the educated community. These brave individuals have much to offer and deserve full support in their efforts. JT
JT –May 13, 2011 09:54:09 AM