Inside the Classroom

First Generation Student: ‘We Carry A Different Weight On Our Shoulders’

Posted on · Almost one third of all U.S. undergraduate students are the first in their family to attend college. They're called first generation students. They face a lot of challenges to reach college. And once they get on campus, they're more likely to leave higher education. At the University of St. Thomas, there’s group to support first generation students through college. Carina Tlapanco and Carlos Garcia are both member and are sophomores at UST. They talk about what it’s like to be “first gen.”