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National First-Gen Day was Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020.

In honor of National First-Gen Day, individuals and groups on campus celebrated the occasion in a number of ways. Happy National First-Gen Day to all of our first-gen students, faculty, groups, organizations, and friends.

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47 ODU Students Inducted into National Honor Society for First-Generation Students

In addition, President John R. Broderick and First Lady Kate Broderick were honorary inductees as part of the University’s initial Alpha Alpha Alpha class.


As part of the ODU F1RST Living-Learning Community (LLC), students in Crystal Nolan and Heather Weddington's classes produced spoken word poems. Browse through and enjoy their thoughtful and poignant videos.

On Thursday, November 5, ODU's F1RST Peer Mentors took over ODU's Instagram page as they showcased a "day in the life" of a first-gen. Watch highlight clips below.




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"F1RST things F1RST" - Tips from ODU F1RST Peer Mentors

Transitioning to Online Courses

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FAQs for the ODU Transition to Online Courses


Request a Faculty Mentor

Be part of the ODU F1RST network of first-gen faculty and students! Get advice from trusted F1RST Faculty Mentors who have had similar college experiences as you.


Request a Peer Mentor

Pair up with a F1RST Peer Mentor. Get support and guidance about transitioning to and through college from a trained peer.


TRiO: SSS provides a variety of academic support services for eligible students - individualized tutoring, success skill development, course planning, and advising.



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First-Gen Events
First-Gen Graduation Virtual Pinning Ceremony
November 12, 6:00 pm

Have an idea for an activity or event? Let us know. Email ideas/suggestions to firstgen@odu.edu.