Join us for our monthly Twitter Office Hour! On Thursday, Oct. 15th at 7pm EST, we’re inviting first-generation college students, those who aspire to be, and everyone who cares about first-gens to meet us on Twitter to ask questions and share answers on important topics using our hashtag #FirstGenOfficeHour.

This month, we’ll talk all things related to essay and personal statement writing, as well as adjusting to college level writing once on campus! 


Our staff, first-gen student bloggers, first-generation college-bound students, their parents, counselors, college access providers, and mentors, and colleges.

Below are our awesome College Partner, CBO and student blogger co-hosts for this event:

1. Susan Knoppow, WOW Writing Workshop

2. Dacia Bowra, University of Florida

3. Angela Barone, Dickinson College

4. Shane Creepingbear, Antioch College

5. Jessica Hess, Lycoming College

6. Wesley Dawn, Willamette University

7. Eric Gardner, Baldwin Wallace University

8. Benjamin Hoertnagl-Pereira, I’m First! student blogger, sophomore at Johns Hopkins University


Thursday, October 15th 2015 7:00pm EST

How to Participate

Log on to Twitter and follow @ImFirstGen and hashtag #FirstGenOfficeHour! To ask a question or share an answer, add #FirstGenOfficeHour to your tweet!

Twitter Chat Questions

Q1. Essays are a major part of the college app process. Why? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q2. How should students come up with ideas of topics to write about? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q3.  Admissions officers read it all. How can a student make their essay or statement stand out? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q4. What is the most common mistake students make when writing their personal statements/essays? How can they fix it? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q5. Students may be nervous about detailing their personal lives in an essay. How can they approach this?  #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q6. If a student is #firstgen, should it be mentioned in their essay? Does it make a difference? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q7. Some students have many stories to tell. How do they decide on which would be best for an essay? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q8. How is HS writing different from college writing? How can students prepare? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q9. As freshmen, professors don’t’ expect students to be stellar writers, do they? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q10. Once a student is in college and struggling with college level writing, where can they go for help? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q11. What are so ways students can improve their writing on their own, in both high school and college? #FirstGenOfficeHour