For 1st Generation College Families we need to change the conversation from, “Am I Going to College” to “What College Am I Going To?.” Both of my parents were migrant farm workers until my father landed a construction job which helped our family become middle class. But there was never an expectation to attend college. It was just too expensive. Never dreamed of a potential professional career.
“Expectations are Everything” Believing you can succeed in college. Believing you can afford college. Believing you belong in college and can be an Engineer, Scientist, Doctor, Lawyer, Business Professional. We can all learn math, economics, languages and more. But we first must learn to believe! I was fortunate to have those that believed in me and supported my community college journey, computer science journey, bachelor’s business degree journey and my professional life journey. Somehow, someway during this process I began to believe in myself. We need to instill this belief in our children at an early age, value and recognize their educational achievements early and often and consistently ask them, “What College are you Going To? Then listen and wait for their answer. You will see in their face expectations and dreams taking hold.