Very late September update: Underrepresented College Students Study

  During September I was able to recruit and conduct baseline survey among 63 Non-underrepresented and 59 underrepresented freshmen. There were few more other participants who were excluded due to their nontraditional social status (Not a part of any social class; may be a non-degree seeking student) and immigration status despite their non-underrepresented status based on…
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August Update!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful first week of classes! The recruitment has begun once more, and hopefully I will get participants this round (fingers crossed). Past few days, I have been running around posting flyers, and contacting professors and cultural organizations. I will be contacting freshman RAs and flyer some more around the campus…
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July update

After I got my new IRB that reflects the changes I had made approved, I started making a new set of materials (posters, qualtrics survey, etc) to get ready for the fall recruitment. Since I can’t really get started on the study until incoming W&M freshmen arrive on the campus, I have been working on the…
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An Update on the First- Generation College Students Study: A Change of Direction

For the past two months, Professor Raposa and I have been focusing on participant recruitment. Before school ended in May, we finalized our initial baseline survey questionnaires and created our recruitment posters. Just in case you were wondering, this is our poster! Have you seen them around Williamsburg?


First-Generation College Students and Mental Health

In the United States, a bachelor’s degree is an essential requirement for most employers. However, first generation college students have higher dropout rates and lower graduation rates; only 25% of first generation college students graduate within six years, compared to 56% of non-first generation students. Thus, social inequality is exacerbated by continued educational disparity.