Nearly one-third of the students at UC San Francisco are the first in their families to graduate from college.
一道本不卡免费高清As we spoke with several students across UCSF, common threads emerged from their unique stories. Nearly everyone spoke of learning to ask for help, however uncomfortable – from applying to college, to studying for classes, to identifying a career path. Many were familiar with imposter syndrome, feeling out of their depth and as if they would never catch up. Some said that the pressure to grasp every precious opportunity – the fear-of-missing-out – could be a double-edged sword that led to stress. They all hoped that their experiences would pave the way for younger siblings, cousins, or others in their community.
“It’s so important for first-gen students to know that they are not alone and that UCSF supports and celebrates their successes,” said Alece Alderson, acting assistant vice chancellor for Student Life. “First-gen students are resilient and their background experiences will help them excel in their fields. Our offers a variety of mentoring and community-building programs for our amazing first-gen students.”
一道本不卡免费高清Each of these student’s stories is also a story of their parents, who were denied by circumstance higher education (or in some cases, any education at all) and worked hard to make it a possibility for their children.
Read more about a few of our first-gen students:
Annie Hoang, a third-year medical student, completes an examination of Simone Batulayan, 9 months, at the UCSF Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore. Photo by Susan Merrell
Annie Hoang (center) relates details of one of her patient visits while Nicole Rodriguez takes notes on the board. The class, which included Anuvir Singh (right), is for third-year medical students to help each other analyze patient cases. Photo by Susan Merrell
Annie Hoang, a third-year medical student in the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US), picks up her student food stamps at the farmers’ market that is held on Wednesdays in Mission Bay. Photo by Susan Merrell