Defining First Generation


[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or some, it is a mindset. For others, a cultural identity. For still more, it is a daily challenge.

With a variety of definitions and identifications, the term ‘first generation American’ can be hard to pin down. Though there are many interpretations, all who identify as as first generation share a similar understanding of what it means to be a pioneer. They are the first in their families to speak english, to pursue higher education, to grow up in the United States or to be immersed in American culture.

Regardless of how it is individually defined, being ‘first generation’ shapes the identities of many students at our culturally diverse school. The Talon talked to a variety of students who self-identify as ‘first generation’ and selected some of their stories to share.