The First-Generation@Scripps program is designed for students whose parent(s)/guardian(s) have not received a bachelors degree from a 4-year institution in the United States. This student community is comprised of those who will be the first in their families to receive a bachelors degree from a 4-year institution in the United States.
“First-Gen” guides Scripps students through their first year and beyond through exposure to faculty, resources, and workshops. The program also strives to help students build community and bring awareness to issues surrounding first-generation students, faculty, and staff at Scripps and move toward successful navigation.
The First-Generation@Scripps program was launched in fall 2010 as a pre-orientation program. The three-day pre-orientation focused on acquainting first-generation college students with resources available at Scripps. In fall 2013, the program welcomed its fourth cohort while also preparing for the graduation of its inaugural class. One student wrote:
“The First-Generation@Scripps program was very helpful in the adjustment to college life. It made so many things about the college experience that seemed far over my head (talking to professors, financial aid, finding an on-campus job) realistic and manageable. By the end of the program, I knew what resources were offered by what offices and when to utilize them. Also, it was great coming to campus on the first day of orientation and seeing some familiar faces.” —Program participant
The mission of the First-Generation@Scripps program is to provide support to students who are the first in their families to attend a four-year institution through a pre-orientation program for first-year students. Additionally, the program offers a series of educational and social events, activities, and workshops for all first-generation students at Scripps College, focused on the following themes:
Hello everyone! My name is Michelle and I am from the Bay Area, specifically San Jose, California. I am a senior majoring in Psychology and Chicanx/Latinx Studies on the Pre-law track, as well as one of the First Generation @ Scripps Co-Interns this year! Throughout my time at Scripps, I have worked as an academic tutor through the Dean of Students Office, a Senior Mentor and Summer Facilitator for Scripps College Academy, an Office Assistant for the Office of Student Engagement and the Scripps Communities of Resources and Empowerment (SCORE), an Admissions Ambassador, and a Community Coordinator with Residential life. I am an active member and have served as President and Vice President of Café con Leche, our Latinx affinity group here at Scripps. I also had the amazing opportunity of studying abroad in La Habana, Cuba, where I took classes at the Universidad de la Habana. Additionally, I am an Undergraduate Research Assistant at Pitzer and a starter for the Claremont Colleges Women’s Rugby Team, the Claremont Foxes! In my free time, I like to hang out with friends and explore our surroundings. I really enjoy spending time at the swap meet and I am constantly on the lookout for good taco places! I love dancing and singing (I’m not actually a singer but karaoke makes me feel like I am). When I’m not dancing, you can find me either working out at the gym or eating a bag of Hot Cheetos and watching Netflix. One of my greatest passions is increasing access to higher education and creating spaces of visibility for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students in the institutions we are a part of. I am super stoked about being a Co-Intern this year because I look forward to continuing the groundwork for programs that service our community and providing the resources needed for First-Generation students to thrive at Scripps!
Hi! My name is Christina Thomas and I’m from Foster City, California (Bay Area). I am a sophomore thinking about majoring in Neuroscience or Molecular Biology on the Pre-Med Track! I will be one of the First Generation @ Scripps Co-Interns this year! At Scripps, I have worked as an Office Assistant at the Pre-Med Post-Bacc Office and a Customer Service Associate at Tiernan Field House. I will be a member on the Watu Weusi Board and a Mentor for OBSA (Office of Black Student Affairs). I have also been a part of Science Bus (an HMC club where we visit local elementary schools and help them learn new science topics), Claremont Pre-Med Western Mentorship (I received a Medical Student as a Mentor), Red Cross Club, and Claremont MEDLIFE. I’m passionate about helping low-income first-gen students as myself and want to provide guidance and advice as it has helped me during my first year. In the future, I want to work in the medical field and help provide resources and more access to healthcare for low-income communities. In my free time, I enjoy exercising, sitting out by the Tiernan pool, listening to reggaeton and r&b, watching Netflix/Hulu movies, and hanging out with my wonderful friends.
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