[PAST EVENT] The First Generation College Experience, Dr. Christopher Ball

March 19, 2013
5pm - 7pm
Swem Library, Writing Resources Center
400 Landrum Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
If you did not grow up in a family culture where attending college was the norm, college can be a daunting, uncomfortable and unsuccessful experience. How can first generation college students better enjoy their college experience and be successful? What is the best way for first generation college students to deal with pressures from family and friends from back home who cannot relate to your experience? What should professors, parents and others know in order to lend support instead of adding to the pressure as first generation students strive to achieve their goals? If you have had any of these questions as a first-generation college student or as someone who wants to support one, join Dr. Ball on March 15th.

Dr. Ball is a cognitive psychologist who conducts research on memory and decision making. Professor Ball was a first-generation student in his home country of Australia, and is currently collaborating with colleagues at VCU on the college experiences of first-generation students. Professor Ball is also the proud head coach of the women's rugby team at the College.