MUW holds celebration for first-generation college students

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – Mississippi University for Women celebrated students on campus who are the first in their families to attend college.

November 8 is National First-Generation College Student Day.

MUW staff hosted an event to recognize first-generation students and offer them resources to succeed in their academic careers.

“So, a first-generation student is different from a normal traditional student. They’re kind of like a trailblazer for their family. For example: Me being a first-generation student. I’ve been able to set that standard or expectation for my nephews. My nieces,” said Samuel Garrie, SGA President/first-gen student at MUW.

“I’m working towards an associate degree when I graduate from high school. I’m just definitely trying to make my parents proud,” said Riya Patel, a high school senior.

First-generation college students make up about 50% of MUW’s enrollment, according to Dr. Clear Moore, Director of the Student Success Center.

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