Navigating college

Being the first in your family to attend college is a huge feat that I’ve realized is often not acknowledged as such by first-gen college students. Imposter syndrome can play a huge role in the way people perceive themselves, and I’ve had to actively make it my mission to take…

The Waiting Game and Interviews

My college apps are in…so what do I do now? If this sounds like you, enjoy some time away from stressing about college and sing at the top of your lungs in a car packed with friends who have also finished their college applications. After you let out your inner…

Benefits of a Small University

St. Edward's University is home to around 2,800 undergraduate students. To put this into perspective in terms of what a small and big university looks like, just across the river the University of Texas at Austin has about 42,000 students in their undergraduate class. Choosing to attend a small school…

Winter Break and FAFSA Forms: A First-Gen’s Guide

When it comes to the FAFSA, it is something that can either bring dread, exasperation, or great joy. It's a time when you apply for aid towards your college education, but it's also a time that can bring much stress or discomfort if you are unfamiliar with the material. So,…

What Being a First-Gen Student Means to Me

When I sat down to write this, I had to reflect on the term that has shaped a significant portion of my education, especially my college journey. First-generation. I believe being a first-generation (first-gen for short) student means I am the first in my family to attend college. Although my…

Tips for Letters of Rec

Asking for a letter of recommendation can be intimidating, especially as a first-year. Most classes are larger, and there isn’t quite a strong faculty-to-student relationship, given that you’ve only known them for a semester, and for some, it takes time to come out of their shell and communicate with their…

Financial Aid Frenzy

College applications will have you looking everywhere, and one of the most complex parts of it can be the financial aspect of it. Nearly three years ago, during my senior fall, I remembered going through the hoops of deciphering tax returns, emailing schools, and searching the internet for “what if”…