Spirituality: relationship between grit, equanimity, spiritual qualities and first-generation college students

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CONFERENCE: Scholar Week 2016 - present

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Cordoves, Janett
Spirituality; Spiritual Qualities; Equanimity; Grit; First-Generation; College Students; Spiritual; Spiritual Formation; Meaning Making; Ways of knowing; spiritual development; Adult and Continuing Education; Counseling; Educational Administration and Supervision; Higher Education; Other Social and Behavioral Sciences; Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration; Vocational Education
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This study investigated the relationship between spirituality and first-generation, undergraduate and graduate college students’ grit, equanimity, and spiritual qualities. The researcher, a higher education professional, sought to highlight spirituality, not religion, as an intervention method for first-generation college students’ retention and success at the university. The results indicated a significant relationship between first-generation college students’ level of grit and equanimity as well as a direct relationship between grit and spiritual qualities. These results help inform educators and highlight that first-generation college students are both resilient as well as calm and centered in the midst of adversity and uncertainty. Participants’ narratives in the open-ended questions affirmed these results and meaning.