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Good Morning Everyone! This is @Typicallysilent taking over for @TheRealDoctorT.
Feels kinda strange to gettin the keys🗝️ to the jag, but I don’t mind taking these wheels 🚗 for a spin.
Oh, the places we're going! #ShareTheMicNowMed
😃I was born in BMORE!
👪Both my parents are Nigerian 🇳🇬 and Igbo
🏚️My father worked for the Housing Authority of Baltimore for those in need of Section 8 housing.
👩‍🏫Mom is a teacher in special education Walter P. Carter #firstgen #firstMD
#Education
🏫I attended the @UMmedschool for Medical School
🎓Just #graduated from @EmoryDeptofMed
💩Will be starting a fellowship in GI @EmoryGastroHep with an interest in Motility/Esophagus

I learned a lot and hope to keep learning!
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1/ This is the first student work that emerged from the #RememberingYoU project and it is so meaningful. It brings together the work and support of so many institutions I value that I hope you will take the time to learn about and support especially now. college.georgetown.edu/news-story/fir…
2/ Thanks first to @benschilibowl and the Alis. Though as a black-owned small business they are hit hard by #COVID__19, they still embody #DC community. You can help them feed frontline workers by donating a gift card to heroes@benschilibowl.com here. toasttab.com/bens-chili-bow…
3/ I first met Sonali through @GSPhoyas which supports #firstgen students like her. Academia needs to become more inclusive and genuinely diverse and such programs are vital for that. If you are #HoyaSaxa affiliated, including alumni, you can help: gsp.georgetown.edu/get-involved/v…
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Have any medical schools publicly weighed in on how they will evaluate pass-fail (or similar) grades from this semester? How about anything from @AAMCPreMed or @AAMCtoday?

Some thoughts based on conversations with #premed students. 🧵 chronicle.com/article/Make-A…
My students are the kind of people you’d want to have as your doctor someday. They’re smart, hard-working, critical (in the good way), and compassionate. They’re also navigating this uncertain time with the added pressure of applying to #medschool. 2/
And because they’re ambitious, they are reluctant to take a pass-fail option if it’s given to them because they don’t know how med schools will evaluate it. This pressure may be especially intense for #firstgen students who are already battling the odds to get into #medschool. 3/
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I woke up today thinking about cultural capital in elite educational settings. I'm always inspired by
@tony_jack's work, but today I was thinking about grad school/law school context. If you're 1st-gen, chances of branding as dumb, lazy, or "gunner" are high. #FirstGen 1/11
One of the unspoken rules of elite graduate education is that you're supposed to work very hard, but never appear to be working hard. That is how you establish a reputation as "naturally brilliant." 2/11
Meanwhile, all the unfamiliar and uninitiated see is their classmates spending a lot of time having fun outside of class, while also seeming extremely knowledgeable in class. That's one additional place where the fix comes in. 3/11
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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. 🧵

politi.co/2FAIKOk
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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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.
#AcademicTwitter
jessicacalarco.com/tips-tricks/20…
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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