Advisor

Alex Stepick

Date of Award

Summer 8-1-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Sociology

Department

Sociology

Physical Description

1 online resource (iii, 74 pages)

Subjects

First-generation college students -- Pacific Northwest -- Case studies, Hispanic American college students -- Pacific Northwest -- Case studies, College freshmen -- Pacific Northwest -- Case studies, Student adjustment -- Pacific Northwest -- Case studies

DOI

10.15760/etd.1025

Abstract

This thesis details the lived experiences of ten first-generation Latino students at a large public university in the Pacific Northwest. Their experience and adjustment reveal that they relied on their friends and family, especially their parents for the male participants, for support and encouragement. The help these students received in the form of caring and social capital from faculty and staff during their freshman year ensured that they made a successful adjustment to college. Participants cite influential people and programs that motivated them to succeed and become comfortable in the college student role.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/10015

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