720: First Generation Students HIllary Young

Hello! I am a second year in the River Falls partner program. My GA is in the New Student and Family Programs office. I currently live in Woodbury, MN which is about 15 miles from River Falls. I'm originally from Madison, WI. I love movie theater popcorn and the NPR show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. If you have never listened, it is a witty quiz show about the past weeks news.

I was a Sigma Sigma Sigma- Gamma Lambda and somehow all of my photos from the last 6 years have some sort of connection to Greek Life. Top Right: My Big, Myself, and my Little. Bottom Right: my pledge class

I completed my Undergrad at UW- Eau Claire in political science. Where, like many of us, I was over involved. What drew me to student affairs was the complicated relationship between student government and administration, institution and surrounding community, and the UW Board of Regents with state government.

Top Left: UWEC Women's Lacrosse team . Middle Left: Tri Sigma Recruitment

I hope this class helps me better support students who identify as first generation as we continue to redevelop first year programing at UWRF. I consider "parents" (or any kind of support system) as partners in the work that we do, and at times I struggle balancing parent programing that first generation students support systems will connect with.

I also am interested in learning more about who is considered a first generation student. I picked the article, Who's in First (Generation)? [linked below] because I never knew what category I fit into. The article didn't answer this question, but in seven some weeks I hope to answer it myself.

During my time at Hamline University I got to learn a lot about resources available across campus. There's a writing center, financial aid councilors, etc. but none of these would be as effect without the first year programing they provide for first generation students. Every first generation student is placed in one of three "levels" depending on a number of other identities or experiences they may bring with them. There are summer bridge programs, first year seminars, and additional support classes.

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