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Advice for First-Generation Students

  • Visit UpSkill - my website for for resources on resume building, finding information about: college fit, skills like interview & presentation skills, internships, enrichment opportunities, scholarships. test prep, articles and so much more.


  • Request a Free UpSkill 1-Hour Session with me to receive the UpSkill College Tool Box with everything you need to help you make 4-year college plan.


  • Reach Out to Your School Counselor. Talk with them about taking AP and honors classes. Ask for help finding a mentor or professional for your to contact for a job shadow and career advice.


  • Ask Your Counselor - For alumni, first-generation students who have matriculated to 4-year colleges. Benefit from their experience and ask them about resources for admissions advice and financial aid.



  • Get Involved in leadership, clubs, sports, theatre, community service, etc. Colleges like students who engage. 

  • Start a Club for First-Generation College Bound Students and learn the college admissions process together. Also consider reaching out to minority clubs and get a guest speaker to discuss first generation college admissions. 


  • Plan on taking the PSAT Sophomore year and SAT or ACT Junior year. Take advance of the free test prep resources at  and  

  • Develop Good Study Habits - Good grades mean more money for college, especially in qualifying for Merit Scholarships. 


  • Academic Rigor is #1 in college admissions. Take AP and Honors classes. Consider a dual enrollment program junior and senior year like Middle College  and experience college while in high school.


  • Research Colleges and Universities - Use websites, virtual tours and blogs to learn more about schools.


  • Tour Local Colleges and Universities to get get a feel for a college environment, learn about admissions and financial aid. 

  • Attend College Fairs - At your high school, district and through the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC. Visit  NACAC College Fairs


  • Speak With Your Teachers - They are a great resource for essay reviewing, Letters of Recommendation and can share their experience.

  • Believe in Yourself - With a little perseverance, and commitment to your education, you can make college part of your future.


  “Ask your counselor, PTSO or Leadership team about creating a parent workshop for first-generation students

to educate and involve parents in the college admissions process.”

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