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Linda Banks-Santilli's Guilt Analysis

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As I look back on my journey to college, I faced many different problems and disadvantages even before taking my first steps on campus. In Linda Banks-Santilli’s “Guilt is one of the biggest struggles first-generation college students face” many first generation students view being the first one in the family as a major flaw before entering college (Banks-Santilli, 2015, Par. 4 &7). The lack of self-respect makes it difficult for students to achieve success without help or motivation. The students have to change their viewpoint about being the first to go to college in their family as a weakness and make it a strength to help motivate them to be better students. At the beginning of college, I viewed being a first-generation college student…show more content…
In the quote by Kevin Abdulraham it explains that if an individual can take any disadvantage whether it is psychical or mental and turn it into an advantage can make the drive in the individual unstoppable. Additionally, Banks-Santilli (2015) explains that students who are entering college feel that they are breaking the continuation of their family’s values (Para. 2). This feeling of betrayal can put an emotional toll on the student if they feel that their family does not support their decisions. Additionally, in “First-Generation Undergraduate Students and the Impacts of the First Year of College” Ryan Padgett (2012) explained that students whose parents went to college scored higher on cognitive and critical thinking test than a first generation college student (p. 259). The study finds that the student begins college at a disadvantage than their counterparts because with no prior knowledge of their new surroundings, causing longer time to adapt. In addition, Ryan Padgett (2012) found that first generation student seems to be more unprepared to interact with faculty upon entering college than students whose parents went to college (p.261). The disadvantage a first-generation student faces upon entering college is due to the lack of contact with individuals who fall outside their parent’s social
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