Welcome to the FGLI Breaking Barriers Blog!

FGLI is an acronym used by various colleges to present students who are the first in their families to attend a four-year college or come from low-income households. Breaking Barriers is a student-run organization started in 2017 by Yeidaly Mejia ’19 and Alex Berndt ’19 through the Pensby Fellowship and Praxis coursework. Since then, it has expanded to be part of the FGLI Program built in 2019 that strives to provide students with supportive resources such as mentorship, community, and career guidance.

This blog was started by Guan Hua Li ’20 in efforts to continue increasing students’ access to information about the available resources on campus, almost serving as a “digital handbook” for navigating college. Furthermore, this blog strives to be a virtual community space for FGLI students to share their stories, listen to others, and gain insightful advice throughout their college experiences. 

We also hope that by having these digital narratives in one place, it will encourage FGLI students, faculty, and staff to continue connecting with each other to have further discussions if any of their content sparked an interest. 


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