Diversity in Academe

The Challenge of the First-Generation Student

Colleges amp up efforts to retain them, but hurdles remain

Anh Viet

Tae-Hyun Sakong migrated from South Korea at age 7 and today majors in neuroscience at Trinity U. His life is a world apart from that of his parents, 
neither of whom attended college. “I would kill to be able to explain to them what I do,” he says.
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Tae-Hyun Sakong would love to be able to tell his parents why he decided to major in neuroscience, and what it was like to help his biology professor probe a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.

The Trinity University undergraduate also...

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