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 Hamilton College


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Student - Hamilton College

Both of my parents were youth care workers in the Homestead Shelter that cared for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum. In November the government shut down the shelter, firing 4,000 people. March is our last month of unemployment benefits and COVID-19 has eradicated most employment options for them, especially since they are 59 and 55 year olds. I am afraid that after this month’s benefits we will be completely income-less and I am also afraid they will get sick since they are in a vulnerable age group and my father has diabetes.

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