Hector college application process and college experience.

Hector HaroMelissa SchultzGEL 10125 November 2017Final PaperThe community with which I identified the most with was the first generation Hispanic college student. This community is very intertwined with who I am as a person, being that I am of Hispanic descent and that I am the first in my family to attend college. It is very important not only for me to attend college but also for my younger sister who is about two years removed from also going to college. Being the first in our family to attend college helps her a lot because she can rely on me for advice on what to do, something I did not have because my parents don’t have much knowledge about college, aside from the information that they got from the college workshops and things they were told by their friends. An important community that still struggles today in college while being first generation students are Hispanic students. They have overcome a lot to get into college, but even that won’t guarantee success for these students. After researching this community I have obtained an even better understanding for what struggles people within my own community have to go through to be successful in college.Often times Hispanic students have to overcome a lot more obstacles to get into college than other students with different backgrounds. Some of the obstacles that hispanic students face is that often times they lack family support financially because the family can’t afford to pay the tuition and living expenses. Another obstacle that in conjunction with lack of support from their family is the limited and or misinformation about how to get into college and how to receive financial help to pay for college. For me this hasn’t really been an obstacle that I have had to overcome since I have received a lot of support from my parents both financially and motivation wise. They have always pushed me in a direction that would lead me toward college, some ways they did this was by trying to provide me with the best education possible. The one obstacle that I did have to overcome was the lack of knowledge of the entire  college application process and college experience. The way I overcame this obstacle was by gathering all the information I could and with that information I used it to not only help my parents but myself make the best choice for me where to go to school.For first generation Hispanic college students it is very hard for them to be successful in part because of the lack of support they can get from their parents, because they themselves don’t have that college experience. I have found this to be true that it is much harder on first generation students to succeed immediately going right into college, for some students it takes time for them to be comfortable in the college environment while others it’s a much shorter period of adjustment. For me personally it didn’t take me a long time to adjust to the college life, and I was able to acclimate  pretty well in part because I felt high school prepared me for how college workload would be. As opposed to how well I am doing for other students in my community they struggle because when they were in high school they weren’t well prepared, sometimes it was because of the language barrier. In a research journal done by the Department of Education of Sul Ross State University found several reasons for Hispanic students not being successful in college, and they also listed other reasons for why other students wanted to pursue a college education.One other reason for which first generation Hispanic college students are less successful is the mentality that most Hispanic families have with regards to getting a job rather than getting a college education. In most Hispanic households there is a greater emphasis placed on children to try and help the family financially by getting a job once you graduate from high school. Often  time the families give the student an ultimatum which is either you get a job or you have to move out of the house. This is one tactic that is used by families to peer pressure these students into doing what they want because these students are very dependent of their family. Another reason for these Hispanic students not being successful is that they place a lot of pressure upon themselves to not become another one of the unsuccessful stories that they might have heard from relatives and friends that have attended college but fell under pressure and dropped out of college. When the pressure is too much it causes these students to breakdown because they feel like they have failed if they don’t live up to their own expectations. These are some of the reasons for first generation hispanic students not being successful in college.In the article “First-generation college students are not succeeding in college, and money isn’t the problem” by Washington Post writer Kavitha Cardoza follows several first generation Hispanic students in their struggles to succeed in college. In the opening story Cardozo points out that money is not as big as barrier to success as it is thought. Even when these students are able to obtain scholarships, and are aforeded the ability to go to college, this does not mean automatically that success is a given. This was the case with Christopher Feaster a student who for most of his high school life lived in a homeless shelter, but obtained a $200,000 scholarship to Michigan State University.  According to the article a year later he dropped out citing a lot of complications he faced while at college. Something that Cardozo states not only affects students but also families is the big learning curve that comes with the college experience, that is that while in high school families and the school might have been able to come to an agreement to be able to miss school days to help the family. In college these families and their student aren’t afforded these opportunities like they would be back in high school. Several ways in overcoming the struggles of being a first generation Hispanic college student were expanded on in an article in the Huffington Post called “30 Things Every First-Generation Latino College Student Should Know.” The list that was put together by Tanisha Love Ramirez is a compilation of advice from people who have had that experience of being the first in their own family to attend college.  Most of the advice provided is meant to be motivational for Hispanic students to give it their all in college and not give up. I do see the value in several of these tips because for the most part these people are telling the truth about how hard college will be. But the important part for Latino college student is to not give up and keep pushing through the adversity. The overall theme behind the article is perseverance, and self motivation. This article should be used to educate those perspective hispanic students that are looking forward to attend college, and need that advice which their family can’t provide because of their lack of a college experience. In a research done by the Department of Education of Sul Ross State University studies the motivation behind going to college for first generation Hispanic college students. One of the reasons given for this research that is being done is that there is no concrete data about these specific students, and they really wanted to find out what is the experience of higher education for a first generation Hispanic college student. A hypothesis that is mentioned in the peer reviewed article is that the desire behind these student’s need for a degree is having the status of being a first generation college student. Many of the researchers in this study believe that the reason for these students doing poorly is bad preparation for college physiologically and educationally from a young age. The results that came out of this study found seven motivating factors for these students to attend college. Also this article drew many parallels with the article written in the New York Times. One of these parallels was the lack of preparation and mental wear down, in some cases these were the reasons for these students dropping out. All in all this article does a good job examining motivation behind first generation Hispanic students  attending college.In The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education they try to look into why hispanic males when compared to hispanic females are doing worse in terms of getting a college degree. One of the stats that was given was that approximately only thirty-seven point five percent of hispanics that got two year degrees were males, while the other sixty-two point five percent of hispanics were female. The main focus throughout the study was to find way to overall improve male latinos graduate from college. Even though Latino students are signing up for higher education programs, it is often found that these students were underprepared for these programs and they find being successful very hard to do. Many of the Latino students that were interviewed expressed because of the practices and policies that public schools used when teaching that it made learning a really hard experience on them and it often discouraged them from even studying or going to school. In conclusion this is article does a good job why Hispanic males have a harder time getting through college and ultimately graduating.First generation Hispanic college students face an uphill battle getting into and through college due to some cultural differences and not having as good of a foundation to be successful in college. Even though these first generation students might have a means to attend college they will also face the stress of and hardships of adapting to a new lifestyle. I can somewhat relate to most of the struggles that I have found while doing my research, such as minor struggles to learn on the curve. While college for me has not been stressful to the extent the articles I’ve read on lead to believe I have met other Hispanic students that are also first generation who are struggling to adapt. I believe that my community does need a lot of help and support if we are gonna be able to be successful in college.Works Cited    Cardoza, Kavitha. “First-Generation College Students Are Not Succeeding in College, and Money Isn’t the Problem.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 20 Jan. 2016, www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/01/20/first-generation-college-students-are-not-succeeding-in-college-and-money-isnt-the-problem/?utm_term=.d1e7b6750fad.Gilroy, Marilyn; “Launches Initiative to Help Latino Males.” The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education ; Paramus  Vol. 24, Iss. 9,  (Feb 10, 2014): 18- 19. https://search.proquest.com/docview/1501614105?accountid=10363=info%3Axri%2Fsid%3Aprimo            Olive, T. (2014). Desire for Higher Education in First-Generation Hispanic College Students Enrolled in a Graduate Counseling Program. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 45(1), 72-91. doi: 10.1163/15691624-12341269 Ramirez, Tanisha Love. “30 Things Every First-Generation Latino College Student Should Know.” The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 15 Aug. 2016, www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/20-things-every-first-generation-latino-college-student-should-know_us_55ce4d97e4b07addcb4304e0.   Ramirez, Tanisha Love. “30 Things Every First-Generation Latino College Student    Should Know.” The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 15 Aug. 2016, www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/20-things-every-first-generation-latino-college-student-should-know_us_55ce4d97e4b07addcb4304e0.


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