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Are you a First Generation College Student?

A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor's degree. Being first-generation is a very proud accomplishment.

Meet Members of our KU First Generation Community!

Susan Mangold- Student Assistance Coordinator


Hometown: Denville, NJ

Education Highlights: BS Psychology and MA Councseling Psychology/Marriage & Family from KU; PA Licensed Professional Counselor

Career Highlights: 30th year working at KU - throughout the years has worked in the Registrar's Office, Honors Program, International Students, Counseling & Psychological Services before joining the Dean of Students' staff in 2010.

If I'd known, something I would have done differently: Gotten to know my proffesors and been more involved in activities. I also would have stayed in school, (took a 12 year break for marriage and children).

Tips for Success in College: Get to know your professors and don't be afraid to ask for help.  Work with CASA and other support services to make a weekly schedule and a semester schedule to stay on task with your academics so you don't fall behind.  Go to class; buy your textbooks.  It can be easy to fall behind without someone like a parent or teacher to keep pushing you, so you need to rely on yourself to stay on track.  Get involved in activities/clubs on campus.  

Briana Zdradzinski Class of 2018


Hometown: Reading, PA

Major: Sociology Minors: Secondary Education

Why did you choose your major?
I was originally a Secondary Education Mathematics major, but after talking to my advisor about my long term goals which includes working in the field of higher education, I changed my major to Sociology and added two minors (Secondary Education and Leadership). I'm very happy I made the change.

How involved are you on campus?
As a commuter, I'm very involved. I'm the Vice President of Friends of Rachael, I'm the Chair of the Dinner with Golden Bears, a member of Presidential Ambassadors, the Transfer Student Coordinator for CONNECTIONS Orientation Program, and the Student Founder of Kutztown University's Tau Sigma National Honor Society Chapter, Eta Mu.

Advice for other first-generation students?
Don't be afraid of change. College is the time and place where you discover who you truly are. You'll find whatever it is you're passionate about, and it may not be what you originally thought and planned.

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