More first generation college students seek a degree

Currently, about one-third of first-year college pupils are the first ones in their family to attend college.
Currently, about one-third of first-year college pupils are the first ones in their family to attend college.

Although it was only last spring that Brigham Young University student Joseph Paredes was close to failing out of school, he recently finished his honors thesis and will earn a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, the Deseret News reports. After promising himself to that he would finish with honors, Paredes is only a month away from becoming the first person is his family to earn a college degree.

Higher education was not crucial for many members of past generations, but today more people are finding that in order to get a job they may need to be the first one in their family to go to school. Last year, almost one-third of first-year pupils were first generation college students, USA Today reports.

In order to encourage these individuals to graduate and show them the importance of a college degree, some schools have programs specifically for first generation students. At Fresno State University in California, for example, faculty and staff members who were the first ones in their families to pursue higher education share their stories with students and act as their mentors, the news outlet states.

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