Risk Factors for Freshman in Their First Year College Experience

1682 WordsJun 25, 20187 Pages
At the turn of the 20th century, the majority of college students were white male adolescents, primarily the sons of doctors, lawyers, ministers, prosperous merchants, and well-to-do farmers (Jenkins, Miyazaki, and Janosi). First generation college students are a new demographic when it comes to the college population. First generation students are the first in their family to attend college and plan to be the first in their family that graduate. According to data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics, First Generation Students make up 43% of the student population (Nunez, Cuccaro-Alamin, and Carroll.). This is a completely new demographic compared to the prior population of student bodies. Today’s society stresses the…show more content…
Due to their work status, usually they are not able to attend college full-time. Therefore not only is their opportunities to attend school functions decreased, but their graduation expectancy date has increased and also their risk factor to drop out of college altogether. So, while first-generation students make up more and more of the student body at U.S. colleges and universities, they are not necessarily making up a higher percentage of graduates (Unknown). This semester, there were many CSUSM students who admitted to either not having time for extracurricular activities due to their workload, were unaware of the festivities that take place on campus, or were afraid that organizations may have a problem if they were unable to attend functions due to their work schedule. Just from hearsay, I have heard that sororities and fraternities are especially non-tolerant if a member does not comply with their schedule. Race and ethnicity is another contributor to the lack of participation of first generation students on campus. Race and ethnicity are another demographic intersecting with first generation student that make college experience even harder. Although we see a growing number of minority races in our colleges or universities, the division between race and ethnicities are still
Open Document