Nurtured by Love

  • Yan Xu Durham University
Keywords: first-generation college, higher education, family, support, belonging


Yan Xu’s narrative showcases the transformative power of education, the importance of familial support, and the journey towards self-discovery and resilience as a first-generation student. The narrative captures the joy derived from the unwavering support provided by the author’s family, which granted access to educational opportunities and personal growth. The absence of parental guidance in navigating the challenges of school life and academic pressures led to moments of self-doubt and emotional struggles. Fortunately, however, the author found solace in the care and attention given by her parents. As the sole well-educated family member, the author now experiences profound respect, compliments, and admiration, further cultivating a sense of gratitude, confidence, and happiness.