First Generation College Students are the first members of their immediate family to attend college in the United States. Many first generation college students experience unique strengths and challenges in the pursuit of a college education. Many of them may have to learn to adjust to the academic culture while maintaining the culture and traditions of their family of origin. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to supporting and nurturing students’ intellectual, social, personal, and professional development by maximizing their use of available resources within the university and in the larger community.
These are some experiences that a counselor may be able to assist you with:
CAPS recognizes the importance of being involved on campus therefore we encourage students to find events, activities, departments and organizations that interests and serve their needs.
The following is an abbreviated list of departments:
Clinicians on staff offer individual, couples, and group counseling to support you in addressing the challenges of college.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, or are experiencing difficulty balancing your academic, social, financial, and family responsibilities, please do not hesitate to contact CAPS; clinicians are trained to assist you in addressing your concerns. For more information regarding seeking CAPS services or to schedule an initial consultation contact 713-743-5454. If you feel more comfortable expressing your concerns in another language, the following languages are spoken at CAPS: Danish, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Vietnamese.
Current Programming for Fall 2013:
CAPS recognizes the strength, determination and support needed to be the first in the family to graduate from college. The following is a tribute to UH alumni, faculty, staff, and students who are the first members in their families to attend college. The hope is that by sharing “First in the Family” stories students will be encouraged, inspired, and motivated to graduate from college.
*The persons sharing their stories are NOT necessarily CAPS clients.
If you are a first-generation UH alumni, faculty, staff, or current student, please consider sharing your story. The following are the story submission guidelines:
Please e-mail your story, in a word document, to Dr. Carolina Jimenez.
*Please note that not all submissions will be used and if selected you agree to grant copyright to UH to share your story on the CAPS website. The stories may be edited for content, clarity and length.