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As a first generation A student whose parent(s) / guardian(s) do not have a four-year bachelor's degree. or limited-income college student, you're a pioneer when it comes to college. If your experience is anything like ours, academics and finances are definitely on your mind, but you may also have a hard time with things you can't quite explain. If you can, maybe you're hesitant to bring it up. You haven't heard anyone talk about everything you're going through.
Maybe you're thinking...
Studies show these things affect how well you do in college.

That's where we come in.

We Know How You Feel


I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree - my mom dropped out of high school after 10th grade and my dad completed a community college class or two. My roots were split like my parents - half low-income and half working class. While they didn’t talk about college, my grandma did every chance she got, and she inspired me to keep pushing through the challenges I faced every step along the way.

Propeller Collective is the mentor and community I wish I had in college.
— Kori Crockett, Cofounder + CEO

I started college at Michigan State University, where I finished freshman year with straight As (including remedial math and Honors English), but struggled in nearly every aspect of my non-academic life. I dropped out. I moved home and attended another 4-year university and community college before transferring to the University of Michigan, where I eventually crossed the finish line.

Classes were demanding at these 4-year universities, which I enjoyed, but I struggled in my non-academic life, which had a negative effect on my academics and college experience. I felt inherently different from my peers. I felt like I didn’t belong on campus. I had a hard time talking to professors and other adults on campus. I felt guilty for having opportunities while my brothers were stuck at home. Further, I was constantly anxious about the unfamiliar aspects of college.

Since then, I’ve learned just how many college students experience similar challenges while navigating college on their own. While we each have unique backgrounds, many first generation and limited-income college students share these same thoughts and feelings. Sometimes they act as bumps in the road and other times the road ends. So many students like us never make it to graduation.

Propeller Collective and I will make sure you have the tools you need to thrive as you work toward your bachelor's degree. And, we'll always remind you that you’re never really alone or “the first” on your way to college graduation.
ME (center) as a college student, pictured WITH MY brothers.

ME (center) as a college student, pictured WITH MY brothers.

Above all, I felt alone. In a sea of 30,000+ students, I thought I was the only person like me & the only one who felt this way.
@ the blue mosque in istanbul, turkey - Study abroad summer 2009

@ the blue mosque in istanbul, turkey - Study abroad summer 2009


How We Help


We're Your College Mentor

We create free online resources (articles, videos, live online events) so you have access to info right when you need it. We cover motivation, personal growth, life on campus, and life back home.

We're Your College Community

We lead a community of current first generation and limited-income college students. We connect over shared experience; we’re working toward college graduation together.

We're Here for You

Have a question or suggestion? Looking for a resource you don't see? Want to contribute?



Q: What is a "first generation college student"?
A: A college student whose parent(s)/guardian(s) do not have a four-year bachelor's degree. Also "first in the family to go to college."

Q: How do you define "current college student"?
A: Any student currently enrolled in a college or university. This includes incoming college students (right after high school graduation), first-year students (freshmen), sophomores, juniors, seniors, and super seniors.

Q: I'm a high school student. Can I use your resources and participate in the community?
A: Our resources are designed for current college students, but you're welcome to access them to get a sense of what to expect in college. However, the Propeller Collective Community is only for current college students.


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