Family might not be able to provide guidance about successfully navigating campus life. There might be a sense of pressure or responsibility to do well. It might be difficult to feel integrated socially and academically.
One of the main factors associated with first-generation students having a positive college experience is getting support, and NIU has many offices around campus that serve the needs of first-generation college students.
Three of those offices – Counseling and Consultation Services, Off-campus & Non-Traditional Student Services and the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning – have joined together to create a welcome event so that first-generation students can meet one another and increase their campus support network. The event is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, in Room 100 of the Campus Life Building; an RSVP is encouraged but not required.
Participants can connect with other students, learn about campus resources for first-generation students, listen to music and grab something to eat. For more information, email Katie Birkey at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Kestner at email@example.com.