1st Generation Transfer Students Face Obstacles

Four years ago, Yousef Moneer decided to leave his homeland of Yemen to live with his family in California and study at Fresno City College.

Moneer, a first-generation student who transferred to UC Berkeley this fall, chose to attend community college first because out-of-state tuition was cheaper there than at a four-year university. Moving to a new country was already a difficult transition — and then came the move to UC Berkeley.

“I’ve had to learn everything myself and develop my way, either in community college or here. So yeah, it’s been tough, and it’ll continue to be,” Moneer said. “I feel like it’s all on me to navigate my way and to discover the path.”

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