First Generation

The ASCC is excited to assist WSU’s First Generation Students succeed academically and in their careers!

Welcome to the ASCC First Generation page. We recognize the challenges you face as a first-generation college student. Through the resources provided, you can proactively address concerns such as navigating college culture, improving study skills, accessing academic support, managing financial constraints, and finding a healthy balance between your academic and personal responsibilities. We also want to provide the opportunity and resources to make informed decisions about your future career. Remember, you can overcome these challenges, and with the right support and resources, you can thrive in the present and the future.

Please consider the resources on this page or make an appointment with us to address your concerns, work through challenges, and strengthen your application materials.

  • Academic Concerns

    Gaining Knowledge of Study Skills and Time Management:

    ASCC Academic Success Coaching

    ASCC individualized coaching sessions, available to all undergraduate students, aim to support educational, personal, and professional growth by focusing on key areas such as time management, learning strategies, notetaking, testing, motivation, and procrastination, recognizing the challenges of university settings and providing resources and strategies to excel in rigorous learning environments.

    ASCC Tutoring

    ASCC drop-in tutoring services, provided by peer facilitators, are free and designed to enhance academic success, covering a range of subjects including Accounting, Biology, Math, Spanish, and Writing; make the most of your session by coming prepared bringing specific questions, attending consistently, and reviewing the material covered afterwards.

    Addressing Financial Constraints Impacting Academic Success:

    First Gen Library Use and Free Textbook Access

    WSU’s Library staff answer questions and provide resources to access some text-books free of charge. Be sure to check their availability before purchasing your textbooks.

    WSU’s Student Financial Services

    Work with WSU Financial Services department to determine what kinds of financial assistance you are eligible for as you pursue your higher education.

    WSU’s Emergency Assistance Fund

    For those who find themselves in instances of severe financial need be aware there are resources to access.

  • Career Concerns

    Limited Access to Networks and Mentors:


    An online mentorship tool to connect with industry professionals and learn more about expectations and norms for a wide range of settings.

    Lack of Familiarity with Professional Settings:

    Rise First

    Rise First is a dedicated team of First Gen students and staff, working to create an inclusive online platform that consolidates nationwide programs and resources for first-generation, low-income (FGLI) students, providing a curated resource center and fostering a supportive community that offers information, support, and career-focused resources to empower FGLI students in their higher education journey and professional development.

    Limited Knowledge of Career Paths:

    ASCC’s Labor Market Insights Tool

    Learn about wages, openings and requirements of many jobs from a wide variety of industries. Use either the keyword search or search within an industry type and inform yourself about what is possible for the future.

    My Next Move: Explore Careers and Educational Pathways

    Utilize this interactive tool by the U.S. Department of Labor to explore diverse career options and gain insights into the educational pathways leading to those careers.

    Individual Guidance and Coaching for Career Development from First Semester on:

    ASCC Career Coaching

    ASCC’s Career Coaches are ready to meet with you to give you the opportunity to ask questions, talk about your goals, and create a plan for having a job that you are excited for lined up at graduation. Starting sooner is always helpful so don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with us.


How to Achieve Your Goals Over Break

As the much-needed Thanksgiving break is just around the corner, it may be incredibly tempting to kick up your feet and not think about school at all during the break. That being said, many students also use this time to …

By Kate Dehart
Kate Dehart Intern: Academic Coach
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Class registration

Priority registration for Spring classes opened Monday, November 6th. If you have yet to meet with your advisors now is the perfect time to schedule that appointment. We encourage students to schedule appointments with their advisors as soon as possible …

By Cristal Resendiz-Ramos
Cristal Resendiz-Ramos Intern: Academic Coach
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Your Grades Not Looking So Hot? Tutoring is Here to Help!

Tutoring is free of charge!
Tutoring Centers On-Campus:

By now, most students have received their midterm grades, you are no exception. Take the time to check your grades and see where you stand. With the correct steps we can help …

By Cristal Resendiz-Ramos
Cristal Resendiz-Ramos Intern: Academic Coach
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What Is Computer Programming?

Computer programming is a technology field that focuses on designing, writing, testing, and modifying instructions — or code — that computer systems and devices use to perform specific tasks.

This career requires technical expertise and programming skills to create the …

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When Do College Students Need to Do an Internship?

You may know that internships are a great launching point for your career, giving you a leg up in the application process, professional experience, job skills, and more. But when do college students need to do an internship? Is it …

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Featured Resources

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