When your students feel guilty about being students

When you teach at a teaching-intensive institution, where you’re tackling four or five courses per semester, it can be overwhelming at first. Just keeping your head above water as you get used to the pace of the semester can be tough.

As you get used to the new situation, think about what your students are getting used to, too. The shift from high school can be a very big one, and for students who are the first in their families to go to college, it’s a lot of adjustment without a lot of preparation. This Washington Post article discusses a common phenomenon among first-gen students: the lack of a sense of entitlement to be there, and the feelings of guilt for getting something no one else in their families have.

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