First-Gen College Students Face Extra Challenges Amid Outbreak’s Disruption
Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media
Senior Luz De Leon usually never leaves her Skidmore College campus for spring break, Thanksgiving, or other holidays. A flight from Albany to Houston can be pricey. But this March, in her final year at Skidmore, she decided to visit New York City. She was about to head back to campus when she got an email alert about new restrictions related to COVID-19.
Like thousands of other Texas college students, De Leon is trying to find a new normal these days. But for first-generation college students, the abrupt transition can present extra challenges, both financially and emotionally.