Research Project Title

Expectations vs. Reality: How a vision prepares first-generation college students seeking higher education

Session Type

Traditional Paper Presentation

Research Project Abstract

This research aims to investigate how first-generation college students’ perceptions of college while in high school prepared them for their experiences at a university. For students whose parents did not attend college, navigating the transition from high school to higher education can be a particularly strenuous endeavor and it is worth considering how students’ preconceptions of college inform their competence in college. This project is broadly concerned with the quality of college-bound visions for students from households without college degrees: to what extent is this vision clear, directed by mentors, influenced by peers, supported in high school, or guided by other factors. This project explores where students' visions come from and how these visions then translate to students' sense of self-confidence, self-concept, and self-efficacy on a college campus.

Session Number

RS2

Location

Weyerhaeuser 204

Abstract Number

RS2-d

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Expectations vs. Reality: How a vision prepares first-generation college students seeking higher education

Weyerhaeuser 204

This research aims to investigate how first-generation college students’ perceptions of college while in high school prepared them for their experiences at a university. For students whose parents did not attend college, navigating the transition from high school to higher education can be a particularly strenuous endeavor and it is worth considering how students’ preconceptions of college inform their competence in college. This project is broadly concerned with the quality of college-bound visions for students from households without college degrees: to what extent is this vision clear, directed by mentors, influenced by peers, supported in high school, or guided by other factors. This project explores where students' visions come from and how these visions then translate to students' sense of self-confidence, self-concept, and self-efficacy on a college campus.