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First-Generation Stories Submission

Thank you for interest in providing a first-generation story!

We encourage you to provide information based on your own personal experience for future first-generation students planning to pursue graduate studies. Specific topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Getting started—first steps
  • Inspiration
  • Funding
  • Support services
  • Being a part of the community
  • Mentoring
  • Professional benefits

It may also be helpful to review the following questions:

  • What were the major challenges you encountered while applying to and then completing your graduate degree program?
  • Who or what helped you overcome those challenges?
  • What advice do you have for first-gen undergraduate students who are planning to pursue graduate degrees?
  • What are the important factors, both personal and professional, that they should consider during the decision-making process?

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