For a first-generation student, applying to college is full of undiscovered territory. Parents who never attended a university find themselves unable to help as they feel even more confused. Besides the lack of mentorship, first gens struggle with many other limitations, including stigma, and lack of student support services on campus. One important barrier which can cut their academic career short is financial stress. Statistically, first gens are likely to be from a low-income household, making college seem impossible. If a student does decide to apply, the Common App, FAFSA, fees and endless supplemental essays come together to form an obstacle course, one that first gens have to navigate blindly, without a mentor at their side. At the end of the stressful journey, the long-awaited envelope opens the door to even more questions, compounding anxiety of the future. Sadly, an acceptance letter is only the beginning of ambiguity, as first-generation undergraduate students are widely underrepresented in higher education, leaving them without adequate support. For me, TRIO was the guide I needed to find my way through my coursework, financial aid, etc.; they provided me with advice on all areas of student life, making college much more manageable. For this reason, I am applying to be in the Undergraduate Senate. I want to expand student support for underserved and underrepresented students, such as first-generation students. Existing policies should be expanded for inclusivity and new policies should be designed to solve long-standing issues affecting the minorities in the student body. Support is a vital factor of a first gen’s success. Often it determines a student’s experience at school, whether or not they stay in university and how many years it takes them to receive a degree. As a member of SGA, I hope to work with other undergraduate senators to make VCU a better place for thousands of other first-generation students.