Each year BU is happy to welcome amazing students who are the first in their families to attend college. While this is a very exciting time, it also may bring some challenges. Fortunately there are number of resources on campus that can help support you during this transition to college life.
The USC (University Service Center) has a First Generation Connect program which is dedicated to making the transition to college and beyond smooth and successful. The program hosts a number of events including workshops and social events. There are also volunteer positions available to students including opportunities in event planning, social media, and promotion.
The program also spotlights members of the first gen community which includes students, staff, and alumni. First gen students also have access to a network of staff and faculty who are committed to their success. Be sure to check out the First Generation Connect website for more information about the program as well as additional resources for first gen students.
Another great resource for first gen students is FY101. FY101 is a one credit class that serves as an introduction to BU and college life. The course is taught by a BU staff member and a student peer mentor. The class will give you the opportunity to learn how to successfully navigate BU’s vast resources. Class discussions, activities, and field trips will also help you to better understand the social, cultural, and academic aspects of BU life. The class is a great way to make the best of your transition to BU while interacting with your fellow peers.
FY101 has sections for the various schools and colleges as well as a specific section for first generation students. Check out the FY101 site for additional information.
We are excited to welcome first generation students to the BU community and encourage you take advantage of the resources available to you.