On Being the First
First-generation Stories From Across the Decades
By Kenna Caprio and Rebecca Maxon
What’s it like to be the first person in your family to graduate from college?
Hard. Scary. Exciting. Gratifying. Life-changing.
Nine alumni and one current student — a group representing eight decades of higher education, individuals who attended FDU starting in the 1960s and running up through 2022 — open up about the pressures, the opportunities and the beauty of being first.