Week 8 Observations

Interview with first generation commuter student.

What are the impacts of knowing your a first generation student?

I feel more motivated to get up everyday and get the best education and knowledge I can get. I don’t want to suffer as my parents did and live paycheck to paycheck, I want to be able to support myself and my parents with a good degree. Its harder because I didn’t want to let my parents down but at the same time I had no idea what college and higher education would be like.

Are there financial pressures in your school life causing stress?

Yes, my parents live paycheck to paycheck, so in order to get through college, I need to work a full time job, a part time job, and have to help my parents in the family business. It puts a lot more pressure on me to study in my free time, because I just want to rest during the break.

Costs do have a major impact on students decisions to go to college.

How is commuting for you? Do you like it at all?

Honestly, commuting is a pain. Not only does it take a lot of time, but it cuts into the amount of time I have to be focused and doing homework. It also limits the number groups I can join on campus, and the amount of time I have to spend with friends to de-stress. There is some aspects that I enjoy, which is seeing my family everyday. They keep me going day in and day out.

I saw some general trends with this video:

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