Details about BCC's 2024 First-Generation Week will be posted here!
BCC First-Generation Students
First-generation students are the first within their families to attend or graduate from college. BCC is the first community college in Massachusetts, and TRIO@BCC is proud to support our first-generation students!
Are you a first-generation student? In short, being a first-gen student means that your parents did not complete a four-year college or university degree, and that you are the first one to take the major step of going to university. You can read a more detailed definition on the NASPA-COE website.
There are many resources available at the national Center for First-Generation Student Success. You can also see what free learning opportunities and conferences there are!
TRIO is proud to present stories, videos and six-word stories by our first-generation students. All stories and images were done in answer to the question: "What does being the first in your family to go to college represent?"
"In my first semester of college at the age of 55, I was in total fear of being at a school with lots of younger people. My stepson was with me that first day of school as my PCA, as I am in a wheelchair and felt even more out of place other than being old.
During the first couple days of school, I went to this place called TRIO at school and sat down to a lunch they were having for first generation students. A couple other students were also there for lunch that had joined the TRIO program.
One of the students that I sat near, was a girl from Costa Rica. We seemed to get along famously. I was in the Business Administration degree program, and she is in for the Nursing degree program.
About a month later, we both found out we were in the Student Government Association. By the end of that first semester, I ended up being the secretary. By the end of the second semester, our friendship had grown, we had not met each other's families, but knew a lot about them. We also became the President of the SGA and the student Trustee to the Board of Trustees for the college."
"During my first semester at college, at 17 years old, I remember the day when I was limping into my chemistry class and a classmate asked if I was okay. On this day, I was wearing a Denver Broncos sweatshirt, the same as practically any other day I attended college. Nobody else was in the classroom yet, he must've only been there for a few minutes studying for the upcoming exam. We were just about to take an exam, it was a little cold this morning, and we started talking about the exam coming up in a couple minutes. This led to a conversation about my recent injury and our future. He talked about how he was at a different college last year, and how he transferred to BCC because they didn't have his program of study.
This person has also taken a lot of classes that were not for his major, so he ended up dropping them. He went to an advisor before the semester, and they set him up with the wrong classes. To make sure that this doesn't happen to me (before I even knew that it could happen at all) I went onto the BCC website and looked at the recommended pathway to graduation for my program of study. When I met with an advisor to pick classes for this semester, I knew which classes I needed and which ones I didn't. I would say that since I looked online at what I needed to do to graduate with an associates degree in biology, I had an unfair advantage.
We both went to the same advisor in the summer to pick our classes, it is just that I had the knowledge of what classes I needed, and he did not, he went off of everything that the advisor told him to take for his program of study and sadly those classes will not transfer to the college he wants to go to. Yes, I did have the unfair advantage, but I also did research on what to take, and I discovered that on the BCC website all on my own. I learned a lot about him in this short period of time, and even though I knew to pick the right classes for my program of study, I am more cautious about it now. Him and I talk about this every so often and he was only able to take 7 credits this semester because he had to drop a lot of classes that did not fit in his program of study and that would not transfer to the school he wants to go to."
Student Stories Student 6-Word Stories Student Images
Date/Time Event Description Location Presenter Nov. 7
2 to 3 p.m.
Students' Personal Narrative Writing Workshop Writing workshop: telling the stories of being a first-generation BCC student Student Writing Center (M-401) Liesl Schwabe Nov. 8
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Celebrating First-Generation Students at BCC Breakfast with first-generation students Connector TRIO Nov. 8
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Student Support Resources Tabling Announcements Connector Student support offices, Library, TRIO and Student Success programs Nov. 8
12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Staff/faculty only: Acknowledging the Hidden Curriculum Training centered on educating BCC faculty and staff on the hidden curriculum and its impact on our first-generation students G-12 Dean Theresa O'Bryant, MCLA Nov. 9
noon to 2:30 p.m.
Student Visit to MCLA Campus BCC students will connect with peers and staff from MCLA office, and learn about academic offerings MCLA MCLA Nov. 9
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Staff/faculty only: Faculty Workshop Rachel Gable, author of "The Hidden Curriculum" will lead faculty through a workshop Williams College Rachel Gable Nov. 10
Staff/faculty only: Faculty Share-Back Session at BCC The Center for Teaching, Learning and Innovation (CTLI) will host a session during which participating faculty can share about the hidden curriculum H-201 CTLI
This Monday Nov. 8, BCC and MCLA will host an all-day celebration of First Generation Learners, Staff and Faculty. View the program below and join us! Free lunch, Gift Cards, Forum Credits! Share with students the new LibGuide for all things First Generation, and download our Zoom background to celebrate the day!
Event Date/Time Details
"Generations of First Generations" Panel
Monday, Nov. 8, 10 to 11 a.m.
Hear from other first generation peers of MCLA and BCC! Forum Credit
In person — Koussevitzky 111; on Zoom
BCC Student Support Resources Fair
Monday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us to learn about all the student support resources available at BCC!
In person - Koussevitzky Lobby
Speak with the BCC Strategic Planning Team Monday, Nov. 8, noon to 1 p.m.
What do you want the future of BCC to look like? Forum Credit
Share your ideas and dreams and participate in Strategic Conversations using an ACTUAL strategic planning method. It's resume worthy, too!
First Generation Art Fair
Monday, Nov. 8, all day
Come in person and view first generation student art in Koussevitzky Lobby
Visit to MCLA and campus tour
Wednesday, Nov. 10, noon to 1:30 p.m.
- Free lunch with MCLA TRIO students and campus partner guests.
- Admissions Information Session
- Campus Tour
In 2020, BCC and the TRIO Center hosted its first week long series of events in support ofour first-generation students. The week F.I.R.S.T @ BCC week featured student panels, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) talks, and a celebration of 20 years of TRIO at BCC. Find below the flyers for all the events.
- Panel discussion of current and future First-Gen and DEI initiatives at BCC
- Scholarships and Financial Resources for First-Generations
- Student Support Resources Online Fair
- First-Generation Student Panel
- Celebrate 20 years of TRIO at BCC
- Social media spotlight; Raffle winners announced and Event Recordings featured online