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Far From Home: Issues Facing First-Gen College Students

Every year, first-generation students across the country step onto college and university campuses that are different from their hometown in every way. Even for those financially and academically prepared, social and emotional challenges can influence their ability to stay and graduate.

This is the first of a four-part special report, “Far From Home.”

Anjelica Espinoza had never heard of Skidmore College before her junior year of high school. She was open to going out of state for school, and she knew she wanted to double major in pre-med and dance. She was surprised when the small college in Saratoga Springs, New York, turned out to be her dream school.