Clare Fiore

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication Studies

First Advisor

Leah Seurer


Being a first-generation college student (FGCS) can be intimidating. Being involved in an organization that involves the student in a community of similar minds with different backgrounds can help acclimate the student to college life while giving opportunities for different social and academic growth. Greek life could be that organization. This study aims to learn from FGCS, who are a part of Greek life, what their experiences are like being in both groups. The interviews conducted found that FGCS who are a part of Greek life experience an ease in transition to college life, adjusted expectations, impacted first-year experiences, are in search of a community, and use their connections and experiences in Greek life to lessen the labels that are sometimes attached with being a FGCS.

Subject Categories



First-generation college student, Greek Life, Student involvement

Number of Pages



University of South Dakota

Included in

Communication Commons



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