Thursday, October 31, 2019

First-Generation Student: Jessica Lee


Freshman and first-generation student Jessica Lee used to feel clueless and afraid of college, like many other students, but she now feels more confident. 

Lee felt like she didn’t know anything about college, because even though her older brother already went, she was home-schooled and her parents lacked college experience.

“I didn’t really know what to expect [from college], because I had no one around to tell me what to expect,” said Lee, “Most people have their parents, even though it was a different generation, and most of the time, they know what to expect.  I didn’t have that, and it felt like I was coming into college blind.”

Jessica Lee
Lee said this lack of knowledge caused her to imagine that college would be incredibly difficult.  Now, she plans to move on to a four-year university after graduating from Vol State for a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

“I thought [college] would be insanely hard.  I mean, it is hard, but I thought it would be ten times harder than it is, like I would fail every class.  Yes, going into it, I was very afraid,” said Lee.

“There are a lot of resources at Vol State that are very helpful, like the Learning Commons.  The people in my classes are really helpful, and most of my professors are really helpful too,” said Lee, “Try talking to people in your classes, and see if you can make a study group or a group text- especially with homework because some things can be confusing and your professor can’t always get back to you immediately.”

To help her time management, Lee uses a planner to remember her responsibilities and recommends other students who struggle with time management do the same.

“A planner is insanely helpful, because you can write down everything that needs to be done, along with the due dates and times,” said Lee.

To show appreciation for first-generation college students, come to the First-Generation Vol State Celebration events planned throughout the week.


-Gloria Cortes

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