Augusta University is celebrating National First-Generation College students from November 2-6. We had the opportunity to speak with Dr. William Hatcher.
Dr. Hatcher is the Interim Chair of Augusta University’s Department of Social Sciences and a Professor of Public Administration. He received his doctorate from Mississippi State University in 2010.
“It is never easy for a first-generation student. But today, there are so many resources available. Augusta University has the advising center, writing center, our great advisors and faculty in the social science department and many other resources students can take advantage of. I recommend joining student groups and getting involved on campus.”
Dr. Hatcher was a first-generation student himself. “My high school didn’t really push college. I didn’t apply to college until July when I started school in August. Take advantage of reaching out to the financial aid office for assistance. Many first-generation students are from lower income homes. Make sure you apply for scholarships. Look into the Pell Grant and Hope Scholarships.”
Finding a mentor is also important while in college. “I had a lot of good mentors. I stumbled upon Georgia College and was lost throughout my first year of college, but my mentors helped me a lot.”
Augusta University knows that it is not easy to get to this point. There are people that believe in you and want to see you succeed. Reach out to admissions and all of the resources available to you and don’t be afraid to try new things.