This struck me because it’s so true and common. In my experience as a first generation college student (my mom and I went to college at the same time), even with resources like “office hours” or helpful faculty, I’d know that they were resources and maybe go to office hours once but would have no idea what to do beyond that initial step — how to even have conversations about help or what help I needed.
It’s so important to note too that this continues well after college and into the working world. It can greatly limit a person’s career if they don’t realize the ways of thinking that hold them back and how to change this.
It takes awareness about mindset — I’m so glad you reference Dr. Carol Dweck’s work on this and how this is one very important key to shifting out of limiting social and economic realities imposed on underrepresented communities. I know this book changed my life and that I continually have to check my internal dialogue and see if I’m thinking in a growth mindset or a fixed mindset.
Great article, Ricky! Thank you for being so candid about your experience.