When you’re the first in your family to apply to college, tuition and distance are huge concerns.

The Difficulties of First Generation College Students

The Difficulties of First Generation College Students

The path to college.
Dec. 11 2015 1:46 PM

Getting In: When You’re the First in Your Family to Apply to College

How it feels, and the questions you ask.


Listen to Episode 4 of Getting In.


Getting In senior Jonathan Diaz is a first-generation college applicant, and he’s grappling with some big questions. Should he leave his family? And wherever he gets in ... will it be affordable? The support Jonathan is getting from his high school college office is critical and host Julie Lythcott-Haims gives us a closer look at Jonathan’s progress this fall.

We meet Jonathan’s mother, Candida, a home health attendant, and we listen in on a pivotal meeting Jonathan has with his college counselor Josh Steckel as he begins to nail down his list of schools.

Josh Steckel, Jonathan’s counselor at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, is also the co-author of Hold Fast to Dreams: A College Guidance Counselor, His Students, and the Vision of a Life Beyond Poverty.

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