StudentsFIRST fosters an effective transition to the University by providing targeted services and resources that promote a holistic experience to support students through their journey to become the first in their family to earn a college degree.
StudentsFIRST will provide programs and services for first-generation students to create an enjoyable collegiate experience at The University of Mississippi. During students’ first-year of college, StudentsFIRST will introduce resources that focus on the following topics:
- Establishing friendships
- Strengthening interpersonal skills
- Exposing students to the diverse environments
- Developing study skills
- Managing multiple roles
- Becoming financially responsible
- Creating student professionalism
- Preparing for career exploration
StudentsFIRST members will be invited to participate in various “Power Hour” sessions. “Power-Hour” is an opportunity for members to share information and learn from various university departments concerning resources available to them.
Members of StudentsFIRST will be paired with an upper-class mentor to provide additional academic and social support throughout the semester. Although StudentsFIRST is a first-year program, first-generation upper class students are encouraged to participate.
Crystal N. Armstrong
Center for Student Success & First-Year Experience