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First Generation College Students

First Generation College Students: At Texas Tech You Are First

Annette Hernandez Uddameri, Ph.D., P.E.


Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering

Welcome to the Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech. The faculty, staff, and students are passionate about engineering and helping our students succeed. If you are a prospective student, please check out our prospective student page. To learn more about our services and opportunities to help you succeed and explore our different programs, please check out the undergraduate or graduate student page. Of course, we hope you will come to Lubbock and check us out!

As a first-generation college student, you have accomplished much to get to this point. You are embarking on an exciting journey that impacts your future.

The purpose of this information is to make sure you know you are not alone at Texas Tech. This Web page contains tips and resources we want you to have so that you can be successful.


Click on a photo and read below for a profile of a first generation college graduate or a current student.


Mentor Programs

ConocoPhillips Center for Engineering Enrichment and Diversity (CPCEED) First Generation College Student Mentor Program

The ConocoPhillips Center for Engineering Enrichment and Diversity (CPCEED) First Generation College Student Mentor Program aims to help first year and transfer students navigate through their first year of college. Many first-generation college students are unsure of the questions to ask or what and when they should be doing to be successful. Each student is matched with a mentor who is also first in their family to attend college and likely began as a mentee of the program. Students receive points by participating in activities that will lead them to a successful semester. These activities include, but are not limited to, meeting with their mentor, attending workshops on time management, study skills and/or professional development, meet their professors and advisors, participate in outreach and community service. Points make the students eligible to participate in the CPCEED banquet with ConocoPhillips and for additional scholarship opportunities separate from university, department, and college level.

First Generation Transition & Mentoring Programs (FGTMP)

First Generation Transition & Mentoring Programs offers first and second-year programs for First Generation College students. With programs such as First Year Success (FYS) and Second Year Success (SYS) , you will find a community with a long line of success.


Monthly workshops are offered to help guide and prepare you through the important events of the semester. Workshops on time management and study skills, job fair preparations, career panels, international experience requirement keep you on track and give you an opportunity to ask questions in a safe environment.

Mental Health

Student Counseling Center is located on the second floor, room 201 of the Student Wellness Center on the corner of Flint Ave. & Main St. They offer a variety of services to address your mental health.

  • If you are experiencing a mental health crisis of any kind, do not wait to for normal business hours. Contact the Texas Tech Crisis Helpline at (806) 742-5555.


Tips & Advice

  • Get involved! Your experience is truly what you make it. The more you put in, the more you will get out. Join study groups, student organizations, mentor programs – anything that helps you build confidence and promotes success in your studies.
  • Network. Meet your professors, advisors, staff in your department and college and very importantly the recruiters and engineering alumni. You'll need letters of recommendations for scholarships, jobs, other opportunities
  • Work on your soft skills. As an engineer, it is extremely important to be able to communicate effectively. Believe it or not, engineers must be effective communicators. Teamwork is essential. You'll work on team projects both academically and professionally. You need to communicate with your team and present the information to the class, prospective buyers, and/or your superiors.
  • Be fearless. Meet and talk to as many people as you can. Engineering is a small world. You never know where your next opportunity will come from. Remember, you deserve to be here. You deserve to pursue an engineering education. Be fearless and we'll be here to support you.
  • Practice. It's not easy. The only way to get better and feel confident is to practice. Just thinking about getting up and speaking in public can be scary, but it gets a little easier (or more tolerable) the more you do it. There is no magic trick, you just need to try. Use workshops for first-generation college students to ask questions. Join organizations such as LEAD Toastmasters (public speaking student organization specifically for engineering students), attend social events from student organizations, CPCEED, or EOC sponsored events.
  • Ask for help. This may be one of the most important things. You don't have to feel embarrassed that you do not know everything. That's what we are here for. We want to help you, but you need to ask. If you are struggling academically, mentally, and/or emotionally we can connect you with the right resources. Remember, we want you here and we'll help you through your degree.