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How To Get Through College As a First Gen Undergrad In Boston

Jul 8, 2017 3:30:57 PM / by Giancarlo Sanchez

Being of low-income in Boston is tough. 

Getting accepted into one of your dream Universities isn’t always the easiest - especially if you’re the first of your family to even go to college. But fortunately, we were in you shoes once and we’re here to ensure that you’re not alone in this journey. 

Here are 4 ways to get through college and walk out with that $265,000 piece of paper called your diploma

Put your pride aside and take some tutoring at home, you were the star of your high school. Every test you aced, every assignment you passed with flying colors and the most rewarding aspect was that - you accomplished all of those honor awards by yourself! Except, college is a different ball game. Especially if you’re in Boston’s top schools. Nevertheless, don’t be afraid to go to office hours for more help or sign up for a tutoring session offered by your school. It’s important to know early that you need to take advantage of every resource presented to you.

Take advantage of the resources in your school

  • Following our previous tip, if your college is offering abroad study programs - go for it! When was the last time someone walked up to you and said “pick any country you want and we’ll arrange that you study there,” for a semester or even for a year! It’ll also give you a chance to step outside of your comfort zone and explore new cultures, countries and histories you’ve never known.

Join a student organization group

Haven’t you noticed that your closest friends share the same interest at you? So join an organization filled with peers of yours that share the same passion as you! Whether its an investment group, a poetry club, a culture group or even the campus’ student body - get involved and network with others. Who knows’ you’ll probably meet  additions to your Spring Break group! ;)

Who are your people resources?

  • Being the first of your family to go to college is definitely a hurdle. You feel as though all of the pressure is on your shoulders. You’ll find yourself wondering if the success of your family is dependent on you and all of those overtime shifts your parent (or parents) had to put in to pay for your high school tuition. College is definitely a mental game and sometimes it might get to you so you need to be prepared and know where you can go to destress and voice out all of your worries, thoughts and concerns.

Get financially smart!

  •’re used to seeing your friends back home post on social media to flaunt their new jewelry, their nice kicks and expensive gear - knowing full well all they spent their money on was just that. But you’re embarking on a journey to become a professional and you should manage your money just like one. Open up a savings account, learn how to cook and most importantly, take a class or two on financial literacy. 

So for you young women and gentlemen that are the first of your families to be at a top university - please listen to these tips. If you walk away from this blog having learned even a little bit than I assure you; you’ll be on your way to that commencement stage.

Giancarlo Sanchez

Written by Giancarlo Sanchez

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