One month ago, my father, Irving Teitelbaum, passed away. He was 93 years old and had a good, long life, but his passing is still a big loss. I learned a lot from him and believe that these lessons can also apply to First Gen College.
My father was the youngest child of two Jewish immigrants from Austria Hungary who came to the US at the turn of the 20th century. His parents worked in...
I have delved into reviewing video footage and transcripts since I returned from my trip to the east coast. It’s been meaningful and moving to revisit the stories that people shared, and to think about the lessons they want to impart to other first gen college students in an effort to help them succeed.
The transition from high school to college is a big adjustment. Students from urban...
Blady and Hector have been friends since high school. In many ways, their paths have been similar. Both are Latino young men from East Palo Alto, California. They have similar tastes in music, particularly rock and alternative music from the 90’s. Both recognized that they weren’t like most kids in their town, and that helped to strengthen their connection.
We interviewed several students at UC Merced yesterday.
One of those students was Zuleyma.
I first met Zuleyma three years ago, when she gave a TED talk at TEDxYouth@Hollywood about her experiences as an undocumented high school student. Undocumented students are immigrants, many of whom came to the US as young children, who are here in the US without legal status.