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First-Generation Resources


7 Fast Facts About First-generation Students

First-generation Fact Sheet

Breaking Down Barriers: First-generation College Students and College Success

Latino First-generation College Students’ Experience of Leaving Home


Center for First-generation Student Success


Michelle Obama's YouTube Playlist

A Student’s Guide to Your First Year of College features advice from Michelle Obama, expert tips, and guidance from upperclassmen. You’ll also hear from Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles, and Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood, who joined Mrs. Obama at Reach Higher’s Beating The Odds Summit. This playlist was produced by NowThis and YouTube Originals in partnership with Reach Higher.

  • Welcome from Michelle Obama
  • How Do I Pay for College?
  • How Do I Live on My Own?
  • How Do I Find My Squad?
  • How Do I Find a Mentor? (and more!)
  • How Do I Balance School & Social Life at College?
  • How Do I Stay on Track with my Studies?
  • How Do I Live on a Budget at College?
  • How do I Stay Healthy and Practice Self-Care?
  • New College Student Pep Talk from Michelle Obama