Welcome to 1st UP: First Generation University Programming!

Students in a lectureA first generation student is any student whose parents didn't attend university. While this comes with its own challenges, we are here to help ease your transition to university.

What We Do

1st UP's biggest program is our new faculty mentor program, 1st STEP: Student Transitions in Education, which launched last year. 1st STEP pairs first gen students with faculty mentors who were also the first in their families to go to university. Faculty mentors help students navigate their transition to university, coach them through grant applications and course selection, and eventually prepare for the transition to grad school or the workforce. Academic Support also offers a series of workshops each year designed for first generation students, and supports the active student club, First Gen Den. We are here to help you access university services and answer any questions you might have.

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Who We Are

Hi, I'm Shelly, Manager of Academic Support. I was a first generation student when I began university, and am delighted to offer services to help ease the transition to university for other first gen students. I run a number of academic support programs and services at Mount Allison, including the Writing Centre, PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions), 1st UP: First Gen University Programs, the Peer Tutor program, and the Student Success Course. If you have any questions or concerns that you'd like to share, you can email me at any time, and I'd be happy to talk with you: academicsupport@mta.ca.


Jill MacIntyre and Dr. Shelly Colette