First-generation college students face hurdles to be the first in their family to graduate

Neuroscience and philosophy freshman Tamara Porter came to MSU with one goal in mind. To graduate. Porter’s mother went to college and dropped out after one year. Her father did the same. Her sister went to college for three years before dropping out. “(College is) important to me because education is important to me,” Porter said. “With education, I know that once I have that, no one can take that from me. So, after that, I’m limitless, no one can tell me what to do. I am the boss of me.” Porter doesn’t plan on stopping after earning her undergraduate degree. After she walks across the stage of Breslin Center in four years to get her diploma, her next stop is graduate school. Porter’s situation is not uncommon at MSU,…


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