January 9, 2022
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 1:22 pm THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE BULLETIN IS HERE
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 2:35 am Latest News: CSUDH Returns to Online Instruction Until February.
  • 1:54 pm What is one thing that you’re grateful for this year? What is something that 2021 has taught you?
  • 1:10 pm The obstacles and achievements of first-generation students
  • 12:42 pm Seasonal Depression: The Scrooge of Mental Health
  • 12:34 pm Body Positivity: Staying Afloat During the Holidays

Jacqueline Villanueva (left), Estephania Rodriguez (middle), Chelsee Lasekan (right) smiling for their achievements of being first generation students.

By Korrea Lewis, Staff Reporter

Being a first generation student can be quite an accomplishment but also a burden. Some might feel the pressure to be the first in their family to attend college. In the California State University system 32% are first generation students (pursuing a bachelor’s degree). At CSUDH, 55% of students say they are the first in their family to attend college, according to Amy Bentley-Smith, CSUDH director of communications. 

“You can accomplish your dreams despite your background or lack of support. I am really proud to be a first generation student, “said Estephania Rodriguez, a major in human services and senior at CSUDH. Although Rodriguez recognizes that being a first generation student is a blessing, it can also be tough. 

“My parents are immigrants so I’ve always felt that I’ve had to work 10 times harder and that I need to accomplish more than others in order to be taken seriously,” said Rodriguez. 

Some first generation students go through some obstacles and struggles and the educational career becomes a hard journey, “feeling that I have no support, feeling lost, and a sense that I am not doing enough.” said Rodriguez. 

Plenty of tips are given to first generation students. For example, sit in front of the classroom in class and join in on discussions, not ignoring registration and financial aid deadlines and procedures, building relationships with your professors by emailing them or visiting them during office hours, and seeking out a variety of mentors to guide you. Some other suggestions according to Arizona State University are asking questions, finding more first generation students who understand the struggle, communicating with your parents, and educating yourself on the resources that are available on campus. 

Getting involved in school is good, joining clubs and organizations is a way to engage in college life. Also, asking questions is helpful and it helps to get the assistance that you need, whether it is academic or personal because the professors generally care about student’s challenges. 

“Humbling, I’m grateful to be able to have this experience,” said Jacqueline Villanueva, a junior and business marketing major at CSUDH. “As a first generation college student, I have that extra reason why I should take good notes in classes.”

Villanueva, despite the achievement of being on a college campus, acknowledges the challenges and not so happy feelings that sometimes shadows her joy. 

 “There could be some guilt that comes with attending college as a first generation student. Missing events or maybe not talking to your mother as much because you have deadlines and finals coming up.” said Villanueva. “In the end, I know I am bettering myself and generations to come and that is something of great value to me.” 

Chelsee Lasekan, a film major and senior at CSUDH feels the pressure of making her parents and other family members proud. Lasekan recognizes the stress of earning good grades and making her educational career a success story. 

“ [I} Make sure to continue to focus on the bigger picture, which is to graduate with a bachelors in film and not let anything deprive me from getting to the finish line,” said Lasekan. But for Lasekan, just to be on this journey makes her feel successful rather than to be seen as a failure or disappointment. 

For some first-generation students, the path is challenging because they feel like the spotlight or pressure is on them. Not everyone in their family made it this far. In CSUDH, 76% of students come from a household where they will be the first to hold a degree, something that has the power to influence future generations. 

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