Research Update: First-in-Family Finish Last?

‘Do first-in-family university students feel less optimistic about their capabilities?’ In the previous post, I introduced my proposal for a research task which explores the academic confidence of First-in-Family (FiF) university students. As a FiF student myself, I have often questioned whether my lack of a family role model has led me to become more…

Family First: The Pressures of a Pioneer

‘Do first-in-family university students feel less optimistic about their capabilities?’ As the first in my family to attend university I felt many conflicting emotions- enthusiasm, slight terror and an overwhelming pressure to succeed. Being the family ‘pioneer’ so to speak, came with far greater expectations than I had first envisioned, both from myself and others….

Wondering Why We Wander?

‘Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.’ –Zora Neale Hurston. I would classify myself as someone that, in comparison to many, tends to ‘play it safe’. Seeking comfort in routine, I have rarely sought to feel the thrill of ‘breaking the rules’. Boring; I know. So when we speak of curiosity, discovery…