About 30% of freshmen are the first in their families to go to college, writes Michele Hernandez, former assistant director of admissions at Dartmouth College. Such first-generation students can sometimes be ashamed or shy about their background, but Hernandez writes in this blog post that they should be proud of their history, which can help make them stand out from the crowd. She also advises would-be first-generation students to seek out schools that provide extra support to help them succeed.

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