KVCC Honors our First Gen Community Members: Mike Tardiff

Date(s) - 11/12/2020 - 11/14/2020


KVCC celebrates First Gen Day by honoring our First-Gen members of the KVCC community. Today we are honoring Mike Tardiff. His First Gen story encapsulates common First Gen themes; namely that the student feels like they don’t know how to navigate the college culture. He shares:

“Colleges and universities are their own cultures. They have their own practices, norms, values, and even economies. Without someone to prepare or mentor you, it’s easy to feel culture shocked and overwhelmed–if you’re brave enough to enroll in the first place! We need more first-generation college students (and graduates) so we can systematically dismantle the many barriers to higher ed. Being the first in your family to fill out the FAFSA or choose a major or transfer or apply for an internship can be daunting. We need more people who can relate to these challenges!”

If you would like to share your First-gen success story and you are a first-gen grad, please fill out our survey here!