First Gen

Are you the first in your family to attend college? Welcome to the First Gen Affinity page.

Did you know these very accomplished individuals are also First Gens? 

  • Sonia Sotomayor: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United State
  • Michelle Kwan: Olympic Figure Skater
  • Michelle Obama: 44th First Lady of the United States.
  • Howard Schultz: Chairman and CEO of Starbucks.
  • Colin Powell: 65th Secretary of State of the United States.
  • Oprah Winfrey: Media Superstar.
  • Bill Clinton: 42nd President of the United States

What challenges are you faced with?  What questions do you have? Browse this page for alumni to engage with, events to attend, student organizations to consider joining, internships and jobs to explore, and blog posts to support your understanding of various career topics.

To discuss career opportunities, consider meeting with a career coach. Appointments can be scheduled to discuss Career Paths, Job Searches, Résumés, Interviews, Personal Statements, Professional Networking, Cover Letters, and LinkedIn to name a few. Click here to schedule your meeting with a career consultant specialized in serving a global student body.

First Gen Students– Apply for funding for your Summer 2021 experience!

Opportunity Fund

Are you participating in an unpaid or minimally paid internship or co-op?
How about a job shadow, conference, or training session?
Do you have an upcoming interview and need some funds to participate?

Apply for funding for your Summer 2021 …

By Tara Malone
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The Power to Succeed is in Your Hands


When envisioning the college application process, many individuals visualize an acceptance letter in hand to their “dream” school and a substantial college fund that will support them through all four years of their education. For others, especially those who did …

By Katarzyna Paszek
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Advice for First Gen College Students

Hello Mentor

Are you the first person in your family to attend college? While taking this step is extraordinary, and exciting; it’s also frightening and uncertain. A first generation college student faces the common difficulties of any college student like balance, and …

By Nicolette Niedzwiecki
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Student Success Story: Isabella Montenegro

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Isabella Montenegro (she/her/hers) earned a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Media and Design, a concentration in Digital Media Strategies for Business, and a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the School of Fine Arts in December 2019. Since graduation, …

By Tara Malone
Tara Malone Interim Associate Director, Regional Campuses Tara Malone
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Student Success Story: Michelle Pesantez


Michelle Pesantez is a current Allied Health senior at UConn-Storrs, graduating in the spring of 2021. Her path to success took advantage of every opportunity UConn had to offer, from regional campus stepping stones to Student Support Services. Michelle’s hard …

By Ethan Couillard
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Résumé Examples
University of Connecticut American English Language Institute (UCAELI)

UCAELI offers ESL classes on the Storrs campus. Program includes summer term, full-time and part-time English classes including Business English …

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

ERGs are voluntary, employee-led groups made up of individuals who join together based on common interests, backgrounds, or demographic factors. …

LinkedIn Groups by Affinity Community

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Equal Opportunity Publications, Inc. (EOP)

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Professional Diversity Network

Professional Diversity Network – provides diverse communities with a trusted professional network, which pairs job seekers with employers who are …