First-Gen Week

November 4-11, 2023

Presby First+ is excited to invite the PC community to join a weeklong celebration of first-gen students! Contact Dr. Joleesa Johnson for more information.

List of Events

Get to know our first-gen students, faculty, and staff!

Saturday, November 4

First-Gen Football Game Pack-Out

Bailey Memorial Stadium | Noon

First-gen college students and graduates will get recognized at the home football game. Wear your Presby First+ Tshirts!

Monday, November 6

First-Gen Week Kickoff Celebration

Cornelson Center |10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Stop by our table and First Fuel Your System. There will be donuts and other small giveaways.

Grocery Bingo

Kuhne Auditorium | 6-8 p.m.

Who likes to play BINGO? Come out and try your luck to see if you can win an item or two from your non-perishable grocery list!

Tuesday, November 7

Finish Strong: Game Plan for Final Exams

Neville 110 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Students are encouraged to engage with this workshop to prepare for final exams. Hosted by Dr. Karen Compton, Coordinator for Academic Success.

Strengths of Character: I Am First-Gen and I Graduated

Kuhne Auditorium | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Faculty/Staff are encouraged to engage with this workshop centered around learning more about character strengths that aided first-gen college students in attaining their 4-year degree.

First-Gen Bowling Fellowship

Spartanburg, S.C. | 6:30 p.m.

Join us as we build community with other first-gen students across colleges and universities in the Upstate area. Seats are limited.

Wednesday, November 8 - Happy National First-Gen Student Day!


Various Locations |10a.m. – 1 p.m.

Want to test your knowledge of first-gen related information and PC facts? Then lookout for the Candy Cab from 10 am – 1 pm. We will pick students up and take them to class all while asking them “trivia” questions for their chance to win some candy!

2nd Annual Presby First+ Pinning Ceremony

Edmunds Hall | 6 p.m.

All first-year, first-gen students are invited to participate in our 2nd annual pinning ceremony. We would like to officially take the time to mark your transition and accomplishments as a first-gen college student at PC!

Pancakes and Poetry

Springs Great Room | 7:30 -9:30 p.m.

Join F1RST as they host another Pancakes & Poetry event. Come armed with some original poetry of your own, or poetry to recite. Oh, there will also be pancakes!

Thursday, November 9

Selecting Your Major & Minor(s): A PC National First-Gen Week Workshop

Neville 121 | 11 a.m.

Are you wanting to declare your major, change your major, or just don’t know what major to choose? This workshop is for you. Come and interact with Lynn Downie, Associate Director of Career & Professional Development, to better chart your career path!

Men's Basketball Game

Templeton Gym | 7 p.m.

First-gen college students and graduates will get recognized! Let’s show up and support our Men’s Basketball team!

Friday, November 10

First-Gen Friday: Let's Grill!!

MSU House | 2 p.m.

All first-gen are invited to come and fellowship with other first-gen faculty, staff, and peers to help further build the first-gen community here at PC!

Volleyball Game

Templeton Gym | 6 p.m.

Cheer on our Blue Hose as they look to defeat Charleston Southern University

Saturday, November 11

Women's Basketball Game

Templeton Gym | 2 p.m.

First-gen college students and graduates will get recognized! Let‘s show up and show out for our Lady Blue Hose as they dominate Johnson C. Smith on the court!