Category Archives: first-generation students

Student Blogger, Therese: Come on, Get Happy

The title is a song that has been skipping in my memory since I realized my feelings trumped my view: specifically the view of a barren, arid, desert landscape I passed through from a happy place to a place I have been in, pondering my emotions. My get happy state was created while I was [...]

Native Students Travel to D.C. for Forum about Minority Health Issues

Last week I accompanied five American Indian College Fund Scholars to the United Health Foundation’s Annual Diverse Scholars Forum in Washington, D.C. These students have been supported by the United Health Foundation with scholarships to pursue degrees ranging from physical therapy and exercise science to nursing and health occupations. The annual forum brings diverse students [...]

Guest Blog From Student Intern Deanna

This the ninth  part in a series of blog entries by our scholar Deanna, who is writing about her internship experience at Mesa Verde National Park. We have finally arrived to Week 3!  Technically for half of this week I’m still attempting to finish our re-housing project, but I’m proficient in multitasking.  From the beginning [...]

Guest Blog From Student Intern Deanna

Deanna’s Adventures in Camping on Her Internship I have never considered myself all that girly or high maintenance, but camping for 10 long weeks seemed like torture on paper. Prior to my internship, I had never been to Mesa Verde National Park.  To make it worse, the two guys I brought to help me set [...]

Challenges of First-Generation American Indian Students

According to the Pell Institute, only 11% of first-generation students earn a degree within six years. There are many reasons for this. First-generation students are less prepared than their counterparts, they did not get help choosing a college that is a good fit for them, their families often discourage them from getting a higher education, [...]