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Visit Your Academic Advisor Often

Visit Your Academic Advisor Often

Your academic advisor can be a great support both personally and professionally during your journey at Northwest. If you feel comfortable, let your advisor know you are a first-generation student and discuss what you are experiencing as you transition to a new college environment.



Get Involved

Get Involved

Students who are involved in clubs, organizations, intramurals, etc. are more successful. The same is true for first-generation students. Not only will you meet people on campus through involvement in clubs, organizations, intramurals, etc. but it will also help in your transition to college.

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Use Faculty and Staff For Assistance

Use Faculty and Staff For Assistance

At Northwest we don’t just say the words student success, we are focused on it every day. Our mission, “Northwest focuses on student success – every student, every day” is at the core of everything we do. Northwest faculty and staff are here to assist you. We encourage you to visit faculty and staff during office hours to connect, ask questions, and solve challenges.



Utilize Campus Resources

Utilize Campus Resources

This includes both academic and non-academic resources. Don’t wait until it is too late! Instead, utilize resources early and often. Remember that fellow first-generation students in their second year and beyond can be a good resource since they have already navigated through the first-year of their college experience.

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Maintain Balance

Maintain Balance

College will undoubtedly provide challenges that you may not have faced before. Time management, organization, and balancing competing obligations will be key to your success. Work hard and ask for support if you are struggling to maintain a healthy balance.



Communicate and Ask For Support From Your Parent(s)/Family

Communicate and Ask For Support From Your Parent(s)/Family

Your parents/family may not understand the time and effort you are putting in at Northwest or what the college experience is all about. Communicate with them and share your daily activities. Let them know how they can best support you!



Consider TRIO Student Support Services!

Consider TRIO Student Support Services!

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program dedicated to helping student members successfully complete their undergraduate education. SSS student members benefit from the use of a variety of program resources and individual interaction with Student Mentors and a highly dedicated program central staff. Program personnel strive to get to know student members well enough to suggest special opportunities based on individual abilities and needs.

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