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A Home for First-Gen Students

Rockhurst University becomes a more diverse, engaging and dynamic community every year. To ensure the success of every student from every walk of life, Rockhurst offers specific resources for first-generation students, students of color, students with high-financial need, students of varied religious affiliation, etc., often through the RU Academies network.

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When I came to Rockhurst and stepped on the campus for the first time, I just immediately felt at home.

For me, I did not want to be another number. And Rockhurst really provided an opportunity for me to experience not being a number.

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I don't get that template to follow. For the most part, I was kind of leading from the front, as far as applications. But for the most part, it was kind of just going on in the dark. My parents did help me out. But it's kind of tough, with them not having been to college before.

Everybody knew that college was something I wanted to achieve. So I had some people help me out. But it was a very different experience, because talking to my mom, talking to my grandparents, none of us really how we were going to make that dream possible. Going through that process of it was a little difficult. But it was very helpful to know that I had a lot of people behind me and supporting me.

I think some of our first generation students, they might have some questions about what office to go to or who to talk to. And sometimes they feel like they're the only ones that are like them. The RU First Academy unites them with other first generation students on campus and really helping people to plug in.

This is the first program that I've ever heard of specifically for first generation students. I didn't really have a role model going into college, so I think it's important for the school to kind of help out. And I think too big first step. I think it could help a lot of people.

It's really interesting to go to the Hall of Inspiration, where we have stories of all the first generation students at Rockhurst. There's just so many of us on campus, that we all kind of have just like an unspoken support system.

Take advantage of what the University gives you, for example the learning center. Huge. I wish I would have used that all of freshman year.

When you go to college, it's going to be the place that is your second home. So wherever you go, you need to feel comfortable there. Rockhurst was perfect for me. And I felt like home. There's just a community on campus. And if that's what you're looking for, then Rockhurst would be the right place for you.

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