Is being a 1st generation college student a soft?

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Is being a 1st generation college student a soft?

Postby basketweaver » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:43 pm

Hey all

I was just curious if being the first person in your family to go to/graduate from university as a small soft (family is pretty blue collar)?


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Re: Is being a 1st generation college student a soft?

Postby cavalier1138 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:03 pm

It's a diversity factor, so it's a "soft" in that sense.

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Re: Is being a 1st generation college student a soft?

Postby armc808 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:53 pm

It'll help you, yes.

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Re: Is being a 1st generation college student a soft?

Postby Rigo » Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:56 am

Berkeley digs first gen.

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Re: Is being a 1st generation college student a soft?

Postby goldenbear2020 » Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:09 am

Rigo wrote:Berkeley digs first gen.

+1. Definitely apply to all the UCs (Berkeley, UCLA, Irvine, Davis, Hastings).

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Re: Is being a 1st generation college student a soft?

Postby enoca » Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:46 am

Yep, some of the apps will have a whole section about it.

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Re: Is being a 1st generation college student a soft?

Postby AJordan » Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:24 am

I agree with the previous poster who implied it helps if you have it work for you. Just checking a box will vary with the school but if you use it to create a compelling application re: PS, LORs, etc. I think it is likely to be better received.
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Re: Is being a 1st generation college student a soft?

Postby basketweaver » Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:18 pm

Would it be more beneficial to discuss it in a PS or in a diversity statement?

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Re: Is being a 1st generation college student a soft?

Postby mtf612 » Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:52 pm

Rigo wrote:Berkeley digs first gen.


Just be certain to apply early. Berkeley apparently hates later applicants.

Source: my application as a first gen college grad from CA above both 75ths who applied the last possible week with a Why X statement and ended up rejected. Not at all bitter.



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