In an age of increasing competition for admittance to “good” colleges and decreasing employment opportunities for those with college degrees, this study examines a group of 18 white, working-class, undergraduate, first generation students’ experience in college and future hopes. Two main themes which were drawn from this qualitative study were that the participants viewed their degree as a step in the “right” direction toward a stable economic future, and this group of students seemed to simultaneously fear and ignore the constraints on the job market that awaited them, and the influence neoliberalism has had on the American economy.
|Keywords:||First Generation College Student, Higher Education, Working Class Studies|
Assistant Professor, Education Department, D'Youville College, Buffalo, New York, USA
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