Your transition to Colby and your Colby experience will present new opportunities. It is important to recognize that you may have a unique experience at Colby as a first-generation student. This experience may include a new sense of freedom, culture shock, and academic challenges. Having a support system that is knowledgeable about college, particularly elite institutions, is an advantage. We aim to provide you with the support and preparation necessary to learn, grow, and thrive.
Program Elements and Resources
At Colby, students whose parents or guardians did not attend or complete a four-year college experience, and who indicated this on their admissions application, are considered first generation to college. In addition, students matched with Colby through our partnership with QuestBridge are identified/considered low-income students.
For the incoming Class of 2023, all FG/LI students will be contacted by the Pugh Center about the FG/LI program by June 7, 2019. If you are not contacted by that date, please contact the Pugh Center at 207-859-5936 or email@example.com.
The FG/LI Student Success Program offers a pre-orientation program to a limited number of FG/LI first-year students and their families. The FG/LI pre-orientation focuses on the transition to college and provides important information sessions about the FG/LI Student Program and academic/social life, off-campus activities, and community-building opportunities.
The program is designed to engage students through a tiered cohort model where students interact as a whole cohort, while also building community through their smaller, peer mentor-led cohorts.
Additional information for the Class of 2023 FG/LI pre-orientation will be sent via a welcome email prior to June 7, 2019.
The program provides incoming FG/LI students the opportunity to build connections through a cohort of 5-8 other FG/LI students led by a trained upperclass student who will serve as their mentor for the school year.
Mentors will help provide support for challenges faced by their mentees through discussions and programming within and across the other four cohorts. Mentors will be equipped with knowledge of the school as well as have access to a greater support network for their mentees. The entire program consists of five total cohorts.
Those who have not been matched with a mentor through the pre-orientation in the program, but would like to be matched with a mentor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pugh Center sponsors a variety of opportunities throughout the year to support identity development, academic success, career readiness, and other important skills for college students.
Each year the program coordinates trips for mentees and their mentors to build community and explore Maine. In addition, some programs focus on connecting FG/LI first-years with upperclass students, faculty members, and even FG/LI students from surrounding colleges.
The program organizes on-going programming for FG/LI students throughout their sophomore through senior years to support their continued success at Colby. These programs include sessions on internships, life after Colby, on-campus opportunities, wellness, and more.
- Misael Beltran-Guzman ’22, he/him, FG/LI Student Fellow
- Giselle Castro ’20, she/her, FG/LI Student Fellow
- Bethashley Cajuste ’20, she/her, FG/LI Peer Mentor
- Nicole Byrd ’21, she/her, FG/LI Peer Mentor
- Taha Akhtar ’22, he/him, FG/LI Peer Mentor
- Felicia Huerta ’22, she/her, FG/LI Peer Mentor
- Nhi Trinh ’22, she/her, FG/LI Peer Mentor