The academic quarter at the University of California, Irvine lasts 10 weeks. But one group of freshmen was given a head start this year. As part of the campus Student Success Initiative, nearly 100 first-generation students were welcomed into dorms this summer, months before the fall quarter began. The program is one of several in the University of California system that aim to give them access to the same kind of help many students get from parents with more resources. … Last week, we checked in with 10 of those students, who are now preparing for their first set of finals.

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