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.
As the school year begins, many first gen college students are heading off to college for the very first time. Many are the first in their families to go to college, or to attend a four-year university, or to leave home/town to attend college.
There are so many expectations, so much anticipation, and a fair amount of uncertainty. They have so much new ground to cover, ma...