Each new year, college students face any number of questions, common issues or obstacles. First Generation students are the first in their family to attend college or university, and may have unique needs and experiences.
If your parents or guardians did not attend college or university, they might not be familiar with how to help you with some of those challenges. That’s where we come in – we can support you in the transition to college and throughout your program.
AM I A FIRST GENERATION STUDENT?
If your parents have not attended post-secondary education, then you’re the first! First Generation students are students whose parents did not attend full time or part time post secondary studies in Canada, or elsewhere. Current and former Crown Ward students are also considered First Generation students.
WHAT SUPPORTS ARE AVAILABLE TO ME AS A FIRST GEN STUDENT?
Georgian College’s First Generation program includes First Gen Mentors to assist students with questions, concerns or advice around post secondary life. We also offer events and activities for First Gen students.
Think of your First Gen Mentor as your “go to person” on campus. They are there to help support you and answer any of your questions or concerns regarding your college journey.
Services we provide:
- Individual advising with First Gen Mentors
- One-on-one transition support
- Connections with Student Services (Disability Services, Counselling, Peer Services, Learning Strategies, Testing Services, Adaptive Technology, Crown Ward supports and more)
- Information and referral to other college resources and academic supports
- Monthly First Gen newsletters to keep you informed
- Information on bursaries, financial aid and employment on campus
- Social events and networking opportunities
- Free workshops (online and in person)
Not sure where to go, or what’s available?
Speak to us and we can help you out. We’re here to support you.
Looking for services on campus? Use the Quick Resource Guide – updated January 2013 to find the information you need!