First Generation College Students
Students often arrive at college with great eagerness, ambition, and a lot of unanswered questions. Who do I talk with about choosing a major? How do I get to know my professors when my classes are so large? How do I keep up with all of this coursework? Is it normal to feel overwhelmed? Many first generation students assume that others come to college already knowing the answers to these questions and hesitate to seek the support that's needed for fear of seeming unprepared or foolish. The truth is these questions are quite common and there are many resources available on campus to help you with them if you're willing to ask.
The Counseling Center at the UCTC is a great place to start. We recognize how difficult it can be for first generation students to ask the right questions or know where to begin. So we will be curating a list of university and online resources here to point you in the right directions. We are also available to provide personal support during your time here at UO. Please call (541) 346-3227 to talk with a therapist about getting started at the Counseling Center.
UO OrgSync: this is a great resource for finding opportunities to connect with others. It contains a searchable database containing most the different student organizations offered at UO currently. It's also organized alphabetically or by subject.
Student Support Services: part of the Teaching and Learning Center, the SSS provides funding opportunities, academic support, and advising to students whose situations qualify for additional support.
Career Center: the Career Center maintains an extensive list of resources for first generation students that we won't try to recreate here. Check it out!