First-generation college students may be defined in a variety of ways but the general understanding is that they are students who are the first in their family to attend college. At Reynolds, about 20% of current students are first-gen. And our college president, Dr. Paula Pando, is a proud first-gen graduate, too.
As a first-generation student, you may benefit from additional support and knowledge of people who have “been there, done that.” The great news is that Reynolds has many services and helpful faculty and staff to help you reach your goals! We have packaged some resources to help you navigate your exciting college journey.
Thriving at Reynolds
Chances are good that you are not the only one with a question. From your faculty members to staff in Financial Aid or Student Life, there are many people at Reynolds with the information who are willing to help—but they won’t know what you need unless you ask.
Getting involved is a great way to meet people outside of class and start to build a network of friends. Whether you are interested in working on a cause that is near and dear to your heart or just socializing with your peers, student organizations are a great way to get connected at Reynolds.
Faculty have office hours for a reason! Don’t let their impressive titles scare you—at Reynolds, our faculty are very supportive and interested in your success. Once you get to know your faculty members, it will be easier to ask for help with an assignment or a recommendation for a leadership position, scholarship, or job!
You are bound to hit roadblocks in your college career. That’s why Reynolds encourages all students to meet regularly with their advisor and to take advantage of available free resources like Tutoring Services, to help with your academic hurdles, and Finish Line Assist to find the out-of-classroom support that you may need.
Words to know
College can be confusing if you don’t understand the language of higher education. The Higher Education Glossary created by U.S. News and World Report is a very helpful tool in understanding the language of college.
Show the world you are proud to be a first-gen student! Download custom First-gen Zoom backgrounds for use in online classes and meetings.