First-generation students set to make their mark at AUS
Gulf Today|February 06, 2021
For AUS sophomore Fazel Banouei, being the first in his family to attend university is a source of pride, but there have been challenges

SHARJAH

Starting university can be a daunting experience for students, particularly so if they are the first in the family to attend university or obtain a bachelor’s degree. This is the case for many students beginning their studies at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) this week who identify as first-generation university students. The group attended a special session for first-generation students held during the university’s orientation week, allowing them to discuss their experiences as first-generation students and learn how to get the support they need.

The session’s panel consisted of Haifa Ismail, Director of Student Engagement and Leadership in the AUS Office of Student Affairs; Dr. Sandra Knuteson of AUS’ Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences; special guest Lela Hautau of Colorado State University; and current AUS students who identify as first-generation students, Fazel Banouei and Zainab Al Lami.

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