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Poor, First-Generation Students: “I Think I Can”



by Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Growing up, Abdiel Ramos of Detroit was a honor roll student. Until he failed his first semester in college.

A graduate of Western International High, the University of Detroit Mercy student was underprepared for college math and had poor study habits. He spent too much time playing video games and too little time planning his future. And as the first in his family to go to college, he had no one at home to turn to for guidance on how to handle college life.

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