This interview-based research project examines how differential access to resources impacts the experiences of first-generation Latinx students from Chicago. It also explores how students cultivate belonging at their four-year institutions based on these resources and experiences. This study uses literature that focuses on inequality in education, first-generation students, and college transitions. I conducted eight interviews with respondents who grew up in Chicago and attend four-year institutions. Themes that are present in this study that emerged from the interviews were separated into three sections: 1) familial support, 2) culture shock, and 3) navigating belonging in college. These themes are analyzed and shed light on the importance of emotional and social support that are important to first-generation Latinx students’ college experiences. The themes also highlight how being first-generation makes those transitions and navigating college difficult, mainly because there is little to no knowledge of what to expect. I focus on understanding what that emotional and social support looks like and how that has played a role in their educational experiences.
Sociology and Anthropology
Vega, Jocelynn, ""How We got Here": Interpresting First-Generation Latinx Students' Transitions to College" (2020). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9159.
Arts and Humanities | Higher Education
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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