Essay On Becoming A First Generation College Student

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My mother and father have always wanted the best for me, like all good parents do. One of the many things that they expect from me is to receive a college education, something that they never had the chance to do. My parents always advise me to not to make the same mistakes as they did, to go to college so I can get a good job and not have to struggle in my life. With no alternative, my father had to drop out of school to help his family financially after his parents had gotten a divorce, and then he had received his GED. His original plan was to go into the Air Force and help work on and repair the equipment that they need to use. He changed his mind last minute and started working in restaurants around town. My mother did graduate high school, but she did not pursue anything once she did graduate. She also began working in restaurants. Because of their mistake of not pursuing a higher education, at home, school is one of our top priorities. Becoming a first generation college student has been stressful to say the least. There is a lot more pressure on you than there may be with others who have family members who have gone to college before. Getting a poor grade on a test is totally different to a first generation student, failing this test will lower …show more content…

Being the first in my family to go to college is is not only such an honor, but a great responsibility. I have learned not to get caught up in my own parent’s mistakes, but to learn from them. When I didn’t do particularly well on my math regents, and instead of just accepting the grade, my parents constantly reminded me of the consequences if I did not do well on the retake of the exam. They also made sure that I know that I am smart, and just one bad grade isn’t going to change that. The constant reminders and words of encouragement definitely helped me through the exam, as I received a passing

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