So. Who are we? We are two siblings originally from Maryland. Liza recently graduated from Wellesley College where she studied International Relations and Political Science. She is currently abroad on a Fulbright. Alejandro (Dro) is a sophomore at The University of Maryland where he studies Political Science. That’s us...on paper. In real life, we're driven, quirky, work-out junkies and close friends.
Why does the Breaking Cycle Project matter? Do we believe that everyone should go to college? Not necessarily. We believe that everyone should do what works best for them. BUT, we also believe that everyone who is working hard for a college degree should be able to attain one.
Because in today’s increasingly globalized economy a college degree is often the ticket to higher paying jobs and financial stability. Taking it a step further, a college degree doesn’t only benefit the recipient, but our society as a whole. Many first-generation students come from groups that are underrepresented in our colleges, our government, and our financial institutions. We believe that many of our problems—both at home and abroad—will call for solutions that are comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and which consider a variety of perspectives. Many first-generation students have dealt with issues firsthand that their peers haven’t. Their unique perspectives and lived experiences are valuable, but without a college degree their voices go unheard.
Our goal. We are working to build this blog into a community where we can connect first- generation students to each other and show, through our collective examples, that college and the life you’ve envisioned are possible. Growing up, we didn’t know a single lawyer, doctor, or engineer; we didn’t see anyone around us doing the things we dreamed of doing. This is true for a lot of first-generation students. We believe in the power of example. And that’s what this project is all about.
No, we don’t think we have all the answers. No, we don’t think we’re perfect examples of anything—far from it. Yes, we understand that we are incredibly privileged to be in a position to create this platform. And yes, we most definitely understand that life isn’t one-size-fits-all. So pick and choose from our posts what works for you. Tweak it, tailor it, and make it your own. Then take it out into the world and go shatter those glass-ceilings, assumptions, and stereotypes. Statistics tell part of the story, but you tell the rest. Let’s do this.