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Author: Tyler Hakes

Tyler Hakes is the Director of Marketing at College Raptor, a free online platform that helps students discover colleges based on academic, cultural, and financial fit. He's passionate about promoting education and college access.

Posted Aug. 6, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tyler Hakes | View Comments

Let me start this article by making a confession: I am not a parent. And, even if I were, my child wouldn’t be the first in my family to go to college. So, why am I even writing this article? Because I was a first-generation college student who was lucky enough to have great parents who encouraged and challenged me. Their support and guidance ­- even without experience - pushed me to succeed. My parents were world-class cheerleaders for my continued education and there are a number of things they did (either intentionally or accidentally) that still stick with me ...