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
E-mail Kathy_Wood@unc.edu to join the Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS listserv. We invite you to check out upcoming CGSF events by clicking the buttons on the left-hand menu.
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.