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Associate Professor Susan J. Baker


First-Generation Students

Find your way

Susan J. Baker, Associate Professor
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Each student is different and must find his/her own way, but what helped me most when first entering college was finding upper-level students who could give me advice and who served as role models.  You also cannot be afraid to talk to your professors.  There is no such thing as a dumb question.  It is always better to ask.  As professors, we may not always recall what it was like learning about our subjects for the first time.  We count on student questions to help us to remember.  Also, the new ideas that you are learning might start to create ideological divides between you and your family.  This can feel alienating at first, but just know that over time you will become more and more comfortable with academic culture, and that you will find ways to stay connected to those you love. 

Susan J. Baker


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