Advice from Razi Hillery ’22, Political Science and International Studies
A first-generation college student is courageous, motivational, and inspirational.
Being the first in one’s family to further your education is a learning experience for all, but it is a remarkable experience. Keep your parents in the know. Do not expect them not to know anything, but do not expect them to know everything. Your parents are learning as much as you are learning, and just as this is new to you, it is new to them. While this may seem like a challenge, there are tons of helpful resources. Do not be discouraged, and do not resent others that may have that extra guidance when it comes to college. Do not be afraid to ask for help.
After committing to Butler, it was a challenge understanding the next steps to take and how to have a successful transition from high school to college. Guidance from family members and friends who have been to college and my admission counselor at Butler helped alleviate many of the obstacles I faced. By far, filling out forms for scholarships and financial aid was the most difficult.
Marketing oneself, building relationships, and networking before and during college are essential to success in college and abroad. Building meaningful relationships with professors, teachers, mentors, and peers is extremely valuable to your college experience. Fortunately, Butler is a small enough school for you to be able to build those meaningful connections with professors and peers.
A first-generation college student is courageous, motivational, and inspirational, and that is something that is and should be celebrated. Not only are first-generation college students embarking on a challenging journey, but they are inspiring their family, friends, and community. Being able to accomplish goals that for whatever reason was not made available to one’s parents is a success alone, but there are various opportunities and experiences that first-generation college students get to obtain.