The Vermont Connection


First-generation Asian American college students must be resilient to

overcome the many challenges they face in their college experience. Because

these students are first-generation students of color and are also

Asian American, they experience unique challenges and complexities.

First-generation students of color often navigate the college experience

with families who have little to no context surrounding higher education,

may have varying levels of college readiness upon entry, and frequently

encounter financial challenges and other barriers to education. At the

same time, Asian American students must grapple with high expectations

set by society because of the model minority myth. How are these

students expected to meet the high standards set by others while facing

so many barriers to their success in higher education? In this article, I

explore the challenges that students who hold these intersecting identities

face, and I provide recommendations for institutions to better support

these students.