STATE OF OPPORTUNITY. Can Kids in Michigan Get Ahead?
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Outtakes: When you're the first in your family to go to college this is what it sounds like

Christopher Reynolds

 Last week I finally got to meet up with some students I've been in touch with over email for a long time. Chris Reynolds first told me about his experience as a first generation college student last May. At the time, he had just finished his first year of college at the University of Michigan and was on his way to Ohio for a prestigious internship.

Reynolds is part of the First Gens at Michigan. There are 3,000 first generation college students at Michigan, about 13% of the student population. 

Only a few hundred are involved in First Gens. The group functions an advocacy organization, social space, and support group. At this meeting, students opened up about how the tough parts about the transition to college can be heightened for those who are trailblazers for the families. 

I was frankly shocked by these students honesty, self-esteem and willingness to talk about some fairly taboo subjects with a reporter in the room. But I'm grateful for the opportunity to have heard their stories and will be bringing more to you, soon. 

Correction: A typo appeared in the original story. The number of first generation students at Michigan is around 3,000, not 13,000.

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