Rural poverty and first-gen students

This essay by a student at the University of Kentucky tells of the culture of poverty faced by students at many rural teaching-intensive institutions. 
The Cross-Sector Partnership, which runs the annual Teaching at Teaching-Intensive Institutions event in New England, doesn’t address the situations of students like Leslie, who usually attend college in their own regions. But first-generation college students face a range of situations at home that make it difficult for them to make the most of their college experience. We owe it to our students to learn about the challenges they face outside the classroom, so we can help them to make the most of what they get on our campuses.

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