To Janet N. & for those of you who are interested in desciptions of first generation college students: Steven Brookfield (1990) calls it "culture suicide" - the situation where students lose their former support network as a result of the changes they undergo while attending college. (page 153) Refs.: Brookfield, S. (1990) The Skillful Teacher. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Rodriguez, R. Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez. South Holland, IL:Bantam Books. (1983). (Note- some Mexican-Americans don't think Rodriguez work is representative.) Rose, M. . Lives on the Boundary: The Struggles and Achievement of America's Underprepared. New York: The Free Press, 1989. Thornton, Y. S. & Coudert, J. The Ditch Digger's Daughters, Bruce Lane Press, 1994. . Also you'll find a number of articles in the EOP Journals and TRIO publications. ( Check out ERIC.) I remember writing an article about this that was published in the Midwest EOP Journal sometime in the 80s but can't find it now. Martha Maxwell .