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First-Generation Student Group Series

While you might be the first person in your family to attend college, you don’t have to take on this new life experience alone. There is a world of opportunity and assistance available for first-generation students at COD.

Virtual First-Generation Student Group Series

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services invites you to participate in a First-Generation Student Group Series:

  • Topics such as study skills, time management, test-taking strategies, course placement, campus resources and engagement opportunities will be discussed throughout the semester.
  • Drop-in to the Zoom session and ask questions.
  • Connect with other first-generation students and build your support team on campus.

Definition of a First Generation Student

Students are considered first-generation if one or both of their parents/legal guardians:

  • Did not attend a four-year college/university
  • Attempted some college, but did not complete a bachelor’s degree
  • Attended a community college, a technical school, or an institution in another country
  • Did attend college, but you (the student) have lived away from them for more than half of your life 
  • You are an adult student (20+) and you meet one of the criteria above

First-Generation Group Dates

  • Friday, Feb. 25, 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, March 25, 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, April 22, 1 to 2 p.m.

Join the Zoom Session

Meeting ID: 831 3823 5818
Passcode: 957313

What It's Like To Be a First-Generation Student

There is increased pressure as a first-generation student – you want to do well, make your family proud and pave the way for future members of your family. Being a first-generation student is a big accomplishment. 

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services can help guide you throughout your time at COD. Counselors and advisors can help you with academic advising, career counseling and personal counseling. 

Contact Information

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200
Phone: (630) 942-2259
Email: Ask a counselor or program advisor a quick question
  • Main Campus Summer Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (closed on Fridays)
  • COD Centers Hours

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