COVID-19 Blog

FGLI COVID-19 Stories

COVID-19 has greatly impacted many people around the world, especially first-generation and/or low-income (FGLI) students. With this special edition COVID-19 blog initiative, Rise First hopes to achieve three key objectives:

  1. raise awareness of the challenges FGLI students are experiencing during this unprecedented crisis,
  2. provide a platform for FGLI students to share their stories,
  3. offer support to the best of our ability (through financial assistance and a curated COVID-19 resources list)

Rise First is honored to be able to provide a platform for student authors to opt-in to sharing their heartfelt and inspiring experiences with others so that no one will feel alone during these trying times. The inspiring stories published here are unedited to fully reflect each author’s voice. They are weaved together by common threads of determination, hope, and a sense of community - we truly are all in this together.

The students named in the blog entries below have opted-in to display their bios and have provided headshots for publishing.

Posts from students at Boston University


Nicole Kwon

Nicole Kwon - Boston University

I remember Umma telling me it would be okay.

It was on the day I had to move out all my stuff from my dorm. She made fun of me for hoarding all the freebies I’ve received from student-organized events and career fairs—it’s one of my very guilty pleasures. She gave me the usual motherly concerned gaze, eyes softened but squinted ever so slightly. A surgical mask covered the rest of her face, so I couldn’t see the way her lips probably twitched in disappointment as I wielded out the fifth pen from a start-up company, crammed in the back of the desk’s drawer.

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