‘Every Student Has a Story’ chosen as Common Read for Fall 2020

The First Year Seminar program at OLLU has selected “Every Student Has a Story – Personal Narratives from First-Generation College Students” as the Common Read for Fall 2020. 

This book is a compilation of essays about what it’s like being the first person in your family to go to college. TRIO Students at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Ind., offer compelling narratives of personal experiences stemming from being a first-generation student in college.

While no two situations are alike, many students report struggling with social and cultural adjustments; insecurities about information or processes; personal family situations and dynamics; and physical or mental health issues. Some of the challenges students chose to write about in this book include cultural differences, family tragedies, unrealistic expectations of college, family health issues and insecurities about choosing a major.