On the reverse: one of my former students is a first generation collegian. Coming to a school like XXXXX XXXXXXX, where some of the students are incredibly wealthy, must have been a hell of a culture shock. Many of our finance majors are alpha males. Well, they'd like to think so at least.
This kid just gets it done. No pretentiousness, no ego, just an incredibly smart kid who works his tail off and is in the top 5 in a class of over 500. He's a little insecure and that came across in internship interviews. 2 of us on faculty pushed hard for him and he got a very good internship. He wrote us both heartfelt notes about how much he appreciated our help.
We can't call that misery, but we can call it a win. And stories like that are why I love to teach.