Submission Guidelines

There’s power in telling your story. As FGLI students, we’ve been through more than the average college student. Unlike some of our peers, we’re unable to benefit from the educational experiences and privileges of our parents and arrive at college feeling lost and unwelcome. By discussing our experiences and focusing on our unique strengths, we can begin to build capacity as a community and uplift one another, inspiring others to persevere and redesign our institutions to be more supportive for first-generation and low-income students.

What’s your story? Submit your narrative to us to be featured on our website. To fit within our model of difference-education, make sure to include:

  • Background information. Where did you grow up? What was your life like? Were you first in your family to attend college? Were your parents supportive of this decision?
  • Education. Was college what you expected? Did you struggle to find friends? How did you overcome these struggles?
  • Importance. What does being an FGLI student mean to you? How does your identification as FGLI give you strength? How do you seek support when you need it?

Use these questions as a guide in framing your response. Submissions are generally 1 page in length – about 300-350 words. Please make sure to discuss both the struggles you’ve faced as an FGLI student, and how your FGLI background gives you strength. To read more about difference-education interventions and FGLI Stories, visit our “About” page. If you have any questions regarding these guidelines contact us via our “Contact” page.