Remote learning is hard. Social distancing and quarantining is hard. We get it and we are here to help!

Being that many of us are unable to be on campus this semester, we realize that it has been harder than normal to make social connections. In order to fill this void, the Office of Advising & Co-Curricular Programs introduces the First-Generation Pen Pal Program. Through this program, we aim to connect our first-generation student population the old fashian way, with pen and paper! By getting off our computer screens, we hope we can diminish some screen fatigue and establish newly formed friendships. That’s right students, let’s log off email/zoom, put down the cell phones, and pick up a pen and paper.

How it will work:

A sophomore, junior, or senior first-generation student will be paired with a first-year, first-generation student. Each student will be provided the current address of their pen pal, a welcome package with an introduction note, stamps, envelopes, and a first-generation proud sticker. From there, pen pals will be encouraged to pen letters as a way to get to know more about each other, discuss life on and outside campus, and much more.

Who can participate?

First-generation students: students who are of the first generation in their family to pursue a four-year college degree, and international students who are the first in their family to pursue a four-year college degree in the United States.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the appropriate student form below. Someone from our office will be in touch with you soon! If you would like additional information, please email Abigail Schaffer at

Sophomore, Junior, & Senior Pen Pal Inquiry

First-Year Student Pen Pal Inquiry