First-generation grad shares experience navigating college

Oglethorpe alumnus Shahzaib Jiwani ’12 was a guest recently on Atlanta’s GPB/NPR radio show On Second Thought to discuss his experience as a first-generation college student in Georgia.

Currently, Jiwani is vice president of Elite Healthcare Center in Washington, D.C. A psychology major, he earned his master’s degree in finance at Harvard University, and previously served as Director of Student Accounts at Oglethorpe University and Vice President of Financial Operations at SmartCare Urgent Care.

Listen to the full interview here:

First Generation: Navigating College In Georgia When You’re The First In Your Family To Attend

One-third of today’s college students are the first in their families to enroll in college, according to the U.S. Department of Education. But first-generation college students often encounter greater financial hardship, overwhelmingly bureaucratic paperwork and the difficulty of navigating an environment with which they perhaps don’t have much familiarity.


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