First Gen

First Gen

A First-Generation College Student is the first generation in their family to earn a degree from a four-year college/university. Learn more about first-gen student experiences and celebrate their achievements at St. Olaf.

In conjunction with institutions around the country, St. Olaf College is pleased to participate in the National First-Generation College Celebration. Join us for events during the week of November 7-11, 2022 to learn more about first-generation student experiences and celebrate their achievements at St. Olaf.

First-Generation College Celebration Events 2022

(All Week) First-Gen Stories Shared via Social Media #CelebrateFirstGen             

  • Complete the survey to share reflections of what it means to you to be a first-generation college student. First 100 entries will receive an I’m First t-shirt! (Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate.) 
  • Wear your “I’m First” t-shirt or button throughout the week to show you are first-gen proud and spark conversations around what it means to you to be first-generation.
  • Complete the First-Gen Challenge by participating in the week’s events to receive a $20 gift card!
Monday, November 7

10:10am-10:30am | First-Gen Chapel Speakers: Hauseng Lor ’24 and Chang Dao Vang ’11 share their experiences as first-generation college students.

4pm-5pm | Biden Loan Forgiveness Program Information SessionVirtual

  • Steve Lindley, Director of Financial Aid, will be hosting via zoom an information session to discuss the Biden Loan Forgiveness Program.
Tuesday, November 8

12:00pm-1:00pm | First-Gen College Celebration Affinity Lunch & Learn – BC Sun Ballroom

  • Hors D’oeuvres provided and an opportunity for you to meet and mingle with other First-Generation college students, faculty, and staff at St. Olaf College.
  • Please fill out this form if you would like to attend.

4:00pm-5:00pm | Piper Center Open House for First-Generation College Students – TOH 270

  • Stop by anytime to enjoy refreshments and conversation with peers, Piper Center coaches, and peer advisors about your interests, strengths, and career questions!
Wednesday, November 9

5:30pm-6:45pm | TRIO McNair Graduate School Panel of First-Generation Alumni – TOH 210

  • Dinner provided (free). Open to all students!
  • RSVP by Nov. 8 by completing this form.
Thursday, November 10 

11:30am-12:30pm  |  STEM Panel of First-Gen Alumni Virtual

Friday, November 11 

5pm-7pm | Tabling Outside of the Cage

  • Stop by to share reflections of what it means to be first-gen and take a chance at winning a prize by playing “Spin The Wheel”.  There will be “I’m First” t-shirts and “I Support First-Gen” stickers available until they run out.
Thursday, November 17 

11:25am-12:25pm | Taylor Center Out to Lunch Series: What does belonging mean to me?

  • This event will look at belonging through the prism of being First Gen and LGBTQIA+ with some intersectional reflections from our two guest panelists. If you are planning to attend and would like to have lunch at the event – please RSVP HERE: OUTTOLUNCH

Events are sponsored by: 

TRIO McNair Scholars Program, TRIO Student Support Services and SSS Board of Leaders, TRIO SSS for Students with Disabilities, Taylor Center for Equity & Inclusion, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion, Piper Center for Vocation & Career, and the Center for Advising & Academic Support.

Events are sponsored by:

TRIO McNair Scholars Program, TRIO Student Support Services and SSS Board of Leaders, TRIO SSS for Students with Disabilities Taylor Center for Equity & Inclusion, Piper Center for Vocation & Career, and the Center for Advising & Academic Support.