Being First in Family to Go to College Can Be Bumpy Road
Deirdre Fernandes, The Boston Globe
Getting into Dartmouth College in 1988 was a dream come true for Alexandra Bernadotte, a first-generation college student who came to the U.S from Haiti as a young child. Graduating, however, proved to be a hard-fought struggle.
Nearly three decades later, Bernadotte is helping other first-generation, low-income, and minority students avoid the pitfalls she faced. The nonprofit Bernadotte founded, Beyond 12, uses technology to track, connect, and coach students, ensuring that they earn their degrees.