Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS
We define Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS as those whose parent(s)/guardian(s) have not earned a master’s or doctoral degree. We recognize that our graduate students come from a broad range of diverse educational experiences, with many first-generation graduate students also having been first-generation college students. This initiative focuses on navigating academic culture, thriving as an advanced student, and building community.
How We Create Student Success
- Orientation – acclimating to academic culture
- Understanding mentor/mentee relationship
- Learning to ask for help
- Communicating your academic training to family and friends
- Learning to ask questions you assume everyone already knows
- Understanding funding basics
- Tapping into and creating informal support networks
- First-generation faculty panel discussion
- First-Gen Fridays—social networking events
First-Gen Forward Advisory Institution
Carolina is part of the first cohort of institutions recognized by the Center for First-Generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation. Recognition as a First-Gen Forward Advisory Institution comes because of the commitment to first-generation college student support by Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS and Carolina Firsts.
The Carolina F1RSTS office supports undergraduate first-generation college students. Their office welcomes faculty, staff, and graduate students to become Carolina F1RSTS Advocates to serve as resources. Advocates trainings are offered throughout the academic year.
I wasn’t aware of support for first-generation students at the universities where I did my undergraduate and master’s degrees so appreciate that UNC-Chapel Hill recognizes and supports us.