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I remember this feeling 👇🏻 so distinctly when I started at @NorthwesternU.

Tho not #FirstGen, growing up in an impoverished rural area (WV) with not great schools, attending a highly selective school was a huge culture shock. 🧵
Although I did very well in the end, I had a very rough start. I was convinced my admission was a mistake.

The culture was completely foreign to me & I didn’t begin to know how to navigate it. My parents had attended a very small, not selective LA school - not much help there./
I remember being overwhelmed by the level & speed of my classes and marveled at the other freshman who seemed to learn so much faster than I could - I later learned many had already taken the classes in private HS & but retook then to boost their GPA. 3/
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I've been teaching at a #CommunityCollege for fifteen years. I'm tenured, I teach English, literature, and creative writing. Here's what I wish most people could understand about community colleges...
1. 50% of the students in the USA who are in college at actually at a comm college, and many of them still need financial aid. We make a college dream a reality for 50% of all college students.
2. We take everyone. Some of my students could be honors students at any prestigious 4-year-school but cannot afford it, so they start here. We also have students who read on a 6th grade level and barely made it through high school. We take everyone, and WE DON'T JUDGE THEM.
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I get really frustrated when I hear fellow faculty disparage West Virginians as backward and uneducated. Yes, it's extremely frustrating to live in such a red state but making fun of West Virginia is low hanging fruit. 1/
As #WVU faculty, we're employed by a #landgrant institution to provide an education to people who historically did not have access to one. I've lived in this state for 13 years now and I see that access to a quality education is still very much an issue. 2/
Many of our students are #firstgen. (I was too.) Many of our students have families that don't support their educational aspirations. As faculty, let's not play into that "liberal elitest" stereotype that many rural folks have about college professors. 3/
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Hi you can get paid $35,000+ to do research on the brain for 5 or 6 whole years of your life.

If you're low income you can apply to grad school for free, if the schools dont require GRE 😊
Stipends vary at different institutions and in different fields but almost every biomedical research PhD program in the US will pay YOU to get your PhD.

You dont need a master's beforehand either.
People get mad at me every time I tweet this, but you can totally apply to PhD programs as a backup plan.

If you've done research and love it but don't know if you wanna do it for the rest of your life, you can still apply and see if it's something you're into.
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The needs of #firstgen students are often thought of in relation to the experiences of #secondgen students, defined by scholars as students whose parent has earned a 4-year degree, and presumably can guide or assist their #secondgen child in navigating the higher ed experience.
But what happens when a student has a parent with a 4-year degree who lacks the necessary financial, intellectual, social, or cultural capital to successfully assist their child? I would like to share my story and propose a third category, that I'm calling #oneptfivegen.
My mom was #firstgen to the US and college, making her the first true trailblazer. According to scholars, this makes me #secondgen American and undergrad. While being #secondgen American is a unique experience, being a #secondgen student is not.
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For #highered instructors, getting students to talk can be a real challenge, especially in big classes. So I thought I'd share some ideas for helping students (especially #FirstGen and students of color) feel comfortable sharing in class.
The blog post above has the full run-down, but to briefly summarize:

1) Set the tone early. On the first day, don't just review the syllabus. Start with a mini lesson that gets students thinking and talking and sharing.
2) Start with low stakes. Ask brainstorming questions that produce a list of responses and don't require knowledge of the readings.

3) Give students in-class discussion materials. Blog posts and video clips work great as concrete, culturally-relevant touchstones for discussion.
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Collecting thoughts on #wpsa18 roundtable on being first generation in political science. One of the key things discussed was the importance (for ourselves, other scholars & students) of speaking about our first gen status. Are you a #firstgenpolisci scholar? What’s your story?
Here’s mine: My father worked in construction, my mother in a call centre. I dropped out of high school, got a community college degree & was actively dissuaded from returning to university. (1/x)
I chose schools based on proximity & didn’t know what grad school was until my final year. I had no knowledge of that world whatsoever. At one point I was juggling 3 part-time jobs to pay for school, and I never had the time or $$& to take internships (2/x)
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