Being a first-generation college student at Princeton

Jan. 22, 2018

Ana Patricia Esqueda '19 discusses being a first-generation college student at Princeton, what it means to her family and how she’s found support at the University.

“The hardest part of being first generation is that you, at least at home, don’t have anyone who is guiding you,” said Esqueda, a psychology major and member of Whitman College.

“My mom didn’t know what a personal statement was. Or, she didn’t know how to apply to financial aid,” she continued. “It’s the little things where you take them for granted before you’re applying to college, but then when you’re applying … it’s hard to even explain to your family.”

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