Why being a first-generation college student is uniquely hard

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Locust Walk on the University of Pennsylvania campus. (Ximena Conde/WHYY)

Locust Walk on the University of Pennsylvania campus. (Ximena Conde/WHYY)

First-generation college students face plenty of hurdles — and just getting into college is only part of the battle. Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Alfred Lubrano, who was the first male in his family to go to college, interviewed students at the University of Pennsylvania about the unique obstacles they face — on campus and off, before graduating and after. He joins The Why for a conversation about cultural capital, attitudes around friendship and networking, and why first generation students are at such a disadvantage at elite institutions.

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