A first-generation college student is a student who grew up in an environment where their parent(s) or guardian(s) did not have a Bachelor’s degree.
Being a first-generation college student is more than coming from a background where one’s parents or guardians did not graduate from college. It is about venturing into the unknown world of graduate and professional school to actualize one’s potential and contribute to one’s family, community, profession, and society.
As part of Converse’s mission to educate and train a diverse student body, we aim to foster a campus environment in which the academic promise of our first generation students and the collective vision for equal educational opportunity regardless of socioeconomic class can be realized.
The Trailblazer Program is a first-year success program for Converse First-Generation students. A Trailblazer is a student who will be the first in their family to graduate from a four-year institution and has a desire to engage within the college community. Throughout the year, Trailblazers have socials and learning opportunities led by past Trailblazers, known as Trailblazer Mentors. These events and connections to resources will make your first year a memorable one!
If you are planning to participate in the Trailblazer Program, you are highly encouraged to attend the Trailblazer Orientation. This is a pre-orientation that takes place one day before first-year orientation. It is a one-day orientation where students and families are able to attend helpful sessions on how to be successful at Converse. It is a great time to get connected with the staff and learn about all the available resources.