Earlier this fall, I was at point in my life where everything was going wrong and I craved being surrounded by people who shared similar struggles. I was seeking motivation because I began questioning my ability to succeed in academia. When I learned about the First Gen College retreat, I instantly applied.
Before the First Gen College Retreat, I had never experienced a retreat with stu...
College can open up many doors for people, some anticipated and some wholly unexpected.
Growing up in the Los Angeles area, attending University of California, Merced was a stretch for Jessica Rivas. “It was initially challenging to be away from everything I was familiar with and the people I loved. I didn’t realize how much maturity and self awareness I lacked.”
Last year, I took a road trip to interview and film first college students on campuses throughout California.
Forty-eight hours ago, I returned from a different kind of college road trip.
This time I took a van-full of high school students with me to the University of California, Merced. None of the students had given much thought to the university before our trip, but they were excited...
My mother, Phyllis Leah Abrams Teitelbaum, would have been 89 today. She passed away almost two years ago.
My mother was born and raised in New York City. She was a product of NY public schools, and a first gen college student. She studied Economics at Brooklyn College. After a couple of office jobs, she became a teacher. She taught in NY public schools for most of her career.