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 Dickinson College


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Student - Dickinson College

A huge challenge that I am facing right now is how to pay my monthly leasing bills from Best Buy. Through their leasing program, I was able to upgrade my laptop’s computing capability to continue my Senior Capstone Research Proposal and classes. Even though I did not have money to pay per month, I know that I needed to invest in this purchase to match my academic performance when I was at Dickinson College. I do have a work-study, but I only make around $30-60 depending on the start-end week of the payroll. The lease is about $90 per month and I just do not know where to get that type of money. My mom who is a certified nursing assistant at Houston Methodist works hard as she can, but her bi-weekly paycheck is not enough for both of us as most of it goes to groceries and rent. Any type of financial help is much appreciated or directing me to someone that I can talk to about this is much appreciated as well.

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