The Outreach Center welcomes you to Seattle University's first-generation (first-gen) community! Throughout the year, we host a variety of events that foster community amongst the first-gen community and offer resources to support fellow first-gen students.
Our first-gen newsletter provides updates throughout the academic year. Come back each quarter for new info!
Personal & Social
70% of first-year students experience homesickness. Moving away for college is a big transition, whether you've come from the other side of the world or half an hour down the road. If your student is suffering from homesickness, they're definitely not the only one.
If you notice your student is feeling homesick, we encourage some of the following steps:
When students are in a new environment like college, it will be challenging and stressful at times. If students find it difficult to make new friends, they may be experiencing “The Seattle Freeze.”
About two-thirds of Seattle University students are not from Washington State, and the distinct culture of the city may leave some in shock. This is common, and it is important for students to recognize that they are not alone. There are a variety of community spaces, clubs and resources that students can join and utilize to help them to find a home away from home.
If students have a hard time adjusting, we encourage folks to take advantage of Seattle University resources such as:
For incoming first-year students and returning second year students, living on campus is a requirement at SU. SU strives to build a community within the residence halls for students.
Many people at SU come from different backgrounds and have different experiences that can be shared amongst other people. It is very common for roommates to set boundaries and rules together in order to make the living experience a smooth transition. If your students encounters a roommate disagreement, encourage them to contact their Housing and Residential Life staff member.
Tips on navigating roommate conflict:
One of the benefits of going to college in the heart of a city is that it offers several different modes of transportation. For information about how to get around Seattle on public transportation, visit Public Safety.
If your student is looking for an opportunity to build their writing skills and contribute a scholarly or creative piece about their experience as a first-generation college student, encourage them to learn more about IMPRINT publications!
Looking for some extra funding? Many scholarships that are awarded for the next year are due between August and December. Check out Student Persistence for more information on how to get started.
Learn how to get involved with First to SOAR here. The First to SOAR peer mentor program provides peer mentor to first-gen students at SU. A mentor will serve as a coach, advocate, and role model for their mentee, and mentors will have 1-3 mentees for an academic year.
Apply to Alpha Alpha Alpha (Tri-Alpha), an honor society for first-generation college students. Applications for the upcoming academic year will open in late fall. For a list of full qualifications and information, visit Tri-Alpha Honor Society.
If your student doesn't have a major and/or don't know what to major in, encourage your student to:
Take UCOR classes first
Enroll in different types of classes to explore options
Imposter syndrome is more present among first-gen students.
What is imposter syndrome?
Often first-gen students have feelings of self-doubt that happen even if they have the education, experience, or accomplishments. Imposter feelings are a conflict between your own self-perception and the way others perceive you.
What does it feels like?
You pressure yourself to work harder in order to:
How to combat imposter syndrome?
Imposter Syndrome TedTalk
Is your student looking for a way to engage with our campus community or meet new people? Have them check out our Involvement Fair to discover the social and academic clubs SU has to offer for students!
Fall Involvement Fair:
Join club representatives, University departments, and off-campus partners at this event, held on the first Tuesday of classes during Welcome Week.
Winter Involvement Fair:
Did you miss the Fall Involvement Fair? Catch the more intimate Winter Involvement Fair, held early in the winter quarter (late January/early February)