Today, only 11% of first-gen college students graduate due to economic disparities and a lack of structured support. And many of the college students who drop out of college, do so while in good standing. College and higher learning are major keys to securing success in today’s competitive economy, so UNL is working to ensure all college students from under-resourced backgrounds have the tools and support they need to finish school and begin their careers.
How We Do It?
Students meet virtually every month to discuss higher learning challenges and receive strategic resources. Sessions foster personal development, productive college matriculation, and transitioning into adulthood. Students also receive assistance from UNL partners while seeking and securing internships. Maintaining the peer-to-peer model, the monthly sessions are led by a UNL alumnus and industry experts who’ve developed unique, dynamic learning models which ensure success before, during, and after college.
Preparation for Life’s Marathon
Every year, students focus on a personal development theme that prepares them to be successful in life. Upon successful completion of the themes below, each student receives a Global Leadership Certificate backed by Emory University.
Year 1 – Preparation to Succeed: Academic Plan, Time Management/ Study Habits, Networking, How to choose a major, Healthy Living
Year 2 – Tapping Into Resources: Goal-setting, Stress Management, Financial Literacy, Internships, Study Abroad and Business Etiquette
Year 3 – Developing You: Global Awareness, Ethics & Reputation, Political Involvement, Spirituality, Graduate and Professional School
Year 4 – Getting Ready for the Real World: Finding a Career Mentor, Credit, Insurance, Home/Car buying, Investing/Saving and Thesis Preparation