First-generation college students inspire new students through blog

The nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity recently launched a blog Opportunity Scholars Blog that is written by first-generation and underserved students for first-generation and underserved students. The 20 student bloggers share their experiences and advice in blogs like “Wait…it’s summertime?” “Look Ma I’m Going to College!” and “Rejection and Heartbreak: College Acceptances,” among many others.

All the student bloggers are recipients of the CSO Opportunity Scholarship that award them a four-year renewable scholarship of $2,000. In an article by America’s Promise Alliance, they highlighted the following inspiring bloggers who rose above adversity and are now sharing their wisdom with new students:

  • Khadijah Williams (Los Angeles, California/Harvard University ’13) grew up homeless on Skid Row and persevered to make it to the nation’s top university.
  • Abigail Macias (Sparks, Nevada/Dartmouth ’14) is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who rose above negative stereotypes to attend Dartmouth.
  • Native American Sophia Horn (Whittier, California/California State University, Chico ’14) worked 45 hours a week while juggling her school work to achieve her dream of going to college.

To read the student blog, visit While you’re there, check out the links and resources for students who need further academic or emotional help, the SearchNow database especially designed to locate institutions that recruit and retain underserved students, and find out more about the CSO Opportunity Scholarship.


- “Student Blog Launches to Offer Advice to Help Underserved Young People Reach College” -


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