Many first-generation students go into college hoping to make their parents proud. Throughout their years at the university, however, students often become more connected to their college environments and concerned with finding their own voices. Family may continue to be an important foundation, but as students begin to learn, explore, and accept who they can be, they may grow distant from their families. In this personal philosophy, the author discusses how the process of discovery that takes place during the college years can sometimes challenge traditional family views, but, in the end, Orozco believes that strong family bonds will lead the parents of first-gen students to be proud of who their daughters and sons eventually become.
First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience: Vol. 3
, Article 12.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/fgv/vol3/iss1/12