Alumni Association - Connections Project

Advice for First-Generation Students

10% of this year’s medical school class at UNMC are first-generation students, meaning neither of their parents hold a bachelor’s or higher degree. First-generation students face a number of barriers in their pursuit of postsecondary education, and research shows that first-gen students are half as likely as their peers to enroll in graduate programs after college. Additionally, about half of first-gen undergraduate students are from minoritized backgrounds and 50-60% of Hispanic undergraduates are first-gen.

In the video below, Jose Nuño, PA-C’17, a first-generation student, shares his experience navigating higher education, how he has given back to the Hispanic community, and advice for current students.

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