Hey y’all! My name is Lea and I am from San Antonio, Texas. I am a proud member of the Class of 2021 and a prouder Latinx and Latin American Studies major. This upcoming Fall, I am excited to be studying abroad in London through the IFSA Queen Mary, University of London Partnership.
Throughout my time abroad, I am interested in examining the state of higher education within England especially as more people from non-traditional and underrepresented backgrounds have applied to such institutions. I am particularly interested in this topic as it compares to the state of higher education in the United States as seen through my perspective as a First Generation, low-income student of color.
Throughout the semester, I hope that my insights are helpful and that I can contribute to the dialogue surrounding access to higher education at Amherst and beyond.
- As I am writing my first blog post, I am still in Amherst, surrounded by all the familiar faces and places I’ve come to know, care for, and love in my past two years. I’m just one day away from the beginning of my fall semester and the beginning of my travels to a whole other country for the first time in my life. Within this day alone I’ve felt so much excitement, sadness, optimism, and genuine fear. Upon disclosing …Continue Reading »
- The overarching feeling I’ve had since my journey to London has been one of regret. Leading up to my departure, I was on campus working and observing the start of the Fall semester at Amherst as an outsider. I didn’t get to share my excitement or disdain for my upcoming classes with my peers or forge any relationships with the incoming class. I wanted so badly to talk about classes and exchange in the same getting-to-know-you conversations that are so …Continue Reading »
- Within these past few weeks, I have gotten some emails from my Amherst peers about QMUL and study abroad generally. For this post, I wanted to depart from looking at educational equality explicitly and provide some perspective on what studying abroad at QMUL has been like for me in terms of institutional support. Within the first week of my arrival on QMUL’s campus, I was tired and in a constant state of stress. Everything felt unfamiliar from not being able …Continue Reading »
- First Generation and low-income (FLI) students are everywhere. That statement is as obvious as it is simple; yet, it is indicative of the diversity of FLI students and their experiences worldwide. More often than not while at QMUL, I have encountered students who are FLI as well as faculty and staff. Despite the prevalence of those that identify as FLI at QMUL, few wanted to discuss their experiences with me for my blog and many explicitly expressed a discomfort with …Continue Reading »
- Examining educational equality is a difficult endeavor within the United States alone. There is an immense diversity of institutions from liberal arts colleges to vocational schools and more. The lack of uniformity in American higher education is shared in that of England and, as such, it became necessary to examine educational equality at QMUL from the vantage of outward mobility. At the outset of writing for this blog, I didn’t have an exact focus in my goal to highlight …Continue Reading »