Fabrizio Mejia

The Struggle to Be First: First-Gen Students May Be Torn Between College and Home

Currently, 17 percent of Berkeley undergrads are first-generation—a group that struggles to cope with the transition to college.

When Gabriela Ledezma was accepted at UC Berkeley as a transfer student from Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier a few years ago, she was delighted. Her family, not so much. Read more about The Struggle to Be First: First-Gen Students May Be Torn Between College and Home »

From the Spring 2015 Dropouts and Drop-ins issue of California.

Hidden Hunger: Some Students are Scrimping, Skipping Meals to Afford a Cal Degree

If there is a food desert in Berkeley, it is not the blocks surrounding campus. Walk in any direction at lunchtime and you see a rush of students headed out for pizza, burgers, noodles, organic salads and caramel lattes. What you might not see are the students who can’t afford lunch. Read more about Hidden Hunger: Some Students are Scrimping, Skipping Meals to Afford a Cal Degree »

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