Get ready, y’all!
First, we’ve got a series of graphs looking at first-generation PhD students compiled by the NSF. The information isn’t exactly cheery but it is necessary.
Five years ago Inside Higher Ed did a series on first-gen grad students. We think it’s worth revisiting some of their articles below:
Imposter Syndrome–I particularly appreciate tip #2 in this list. Because academia often bills itself as a meritocracy I spent my entire MA program working long days and late nights. I didn’t make time for departmental events because I thought it was more important people see the quality of my work than see me. I was wrong and I didn’t realize I was wrong until it was too late to salvage my reputation.
Transitioning from first-gen college student to first-gen grad student–Pretty much exactly what it sounds like.
My all-time favorite–This piece is about first-gen and working-class undergrads, but it’s just so damn thorough I can’t help but love it. It’s also easy to see how a lot of the things talked about translate to graduate school challenges.
Finally, check out the Working-Class Studies Association. They have a CFP open until the end of the month!