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"Education is essential. This has always been true since the beginning of time. Knowledge is the foundation of everything in existence.
The learning experience is a lifelong one. I give credit to my college experience for the direction my life is going. I feel great about the opportunities ahead of me."
-Will Gourdine, first-generation college student, GED Scholar"I want to let first generation and GED graduates know that they're not the first to be in this situation and there is always hope. I am here to help others realize that a college education is within reach. We're here to listen and we care. It doesn't matter where you come from - you can succeed and be who you want to be."
-Jeannette Rodhe, first-generation college student, GED Scholar
Planning to go to college can be an exciting time with plenty of possibilities. However, charting the course to your future can leave you with many questions and mixed emotions. Confusion about how best to navigate through college may deter you, but no one should miss out on the opportunity for a rewarding education. Bridges to a College Education is a program specifically designed to help GED and first-generation students make a successful transition into college by providing helpful services, advice, and information that allows students to reach their goals.
Remember, you are not alone in this journey! There are many support services on the Kent State campus that can help you with your educational pursuits. Do not be afraid to ask for help.
The information and advice discussed on this website originated from the initial concerns addressed by a committee of over 25 GED and first-generation Bridges to Kent State University Scholarship awardees that are currently enrolled full-time at the university. Committee participants focused on what they believed to be barriers prior to attending college and the general confusion they had with the transitioning process. Their thoughts were compiled to create this website designed for potential students facing the same experiences.
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