FIRST Advising Seminar

The FIRST Seminar is an advising seminar for first-generation, low-income students.This seminar focuses on supporting first year students with their transition into Tufts, while exposing them to resources and opportunities aimed at their academic, professional, and personal development. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Foster Academic Success
  • Connect with resources to assure individual success at Tufts University
  • Learn to form intentional connections with faculty and staff
  • Promote personal development, well-being, and social responsibility
  • Learn how to navigate finances and navigate the financial transition to Tufts
  • Develop community

Student Testimonials 

If I had not taken this course, I may have lost all confidence in my placement at Tufts. This course is arguably the most important
class that I will ever take. It encompasses a multitude of imperative life skills that most first–generation, low–income students don't have access to
in comparison to their more well–off peers. I notice this stark difference every day during my time at Tufts. This course
gave me the tools to adapt, to improve, and to gain the confidence I need to make good use of my time. Before this course, I may
have never had the confidence to even attend my professor’s office hours. We learn how to manage our money, time, and career
goals. We learn how to optimize our resources at Tufts so that we can continue to actually afford to continue our studies. Both the
faculty and my peers in this course helped me find my way at Tufts. As a low–income, first–generation college–bound student, I am
extremely glad I took this course." Class of 2023
 
"I never would have done most of the things I did this semester without the course. I never would have gone to the career fair, to the
career center to fix my resume, to my professors office hours, or off Tufts' campus. This course has pushed me in more ways than I
thought it would and I am so appreciative that I was placed in this course. I have not been in any other course that has supported
me like this one has." Class of 2023
 
"As a first–gen student, it provided me with the insight that myself and many of my peers were lacking in terms of how to navigate our
first year of college. One of the biggest takeaways for me was the importance of networking in a variety of ways (not just
professional) through our semester–long project which encouraged us to document meetings we schedule with faculty or other
people on campus. We also learned ways to maximize the resources Tufts has to offer by looking at ways to get the cheapest
textbooks, exploring funds available that otherwise go unnoticed, etc." Class of 2023
 
"The FIRST Seminar was an incredible resource for me throughout the semester. It provided a space to come to every week where I
knew I would feel safe, respected, and heard." Class of 2022
 

Sign Up for FIRST Seminar - Fall 2020

Class of 2024, to register for the FIRST Seminar please complete this online form. You will be enrolled in the seminar and your pre-major advisors will be the Director and Associate Director of the FIRST Center. If you have questions or want more information e-mail FIRST@Tufts.edu.