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Dear First Gens,

Welcome to The First Gen Madrina Blog! We have made it to the third week of 2024 and are welcoming another very special first-gen guest, Joshua Farris. Born and raised in a rural farm town in southwestern Virginia, Joshua’s journey is a testament to resilience and determination. Joshua’s childhood was shaped by the challenges of poverty but, despite these hardships, he pushed himself academically, facing the pressure that many students from low-income backgrounds feel—believing that education could be the pathway to a different life. Josh, the oldest of 5 siblings, hopes to be a beacon of hope that will pave the way for his younger siblings to receive a college education. He is now in grad school as he prepares to navigate another first as a first gen for his family!

Reflecting on his journey, Josh emphasizes the intersectionality of being both first-generation and low-income. He recognizes the challenges that many individuals in similar situations face, shedding light on the complexities of these identities. Josh advises to not put yourself in a box and let others define you, but rather utilize parts of your identities as a strength. We are all unique and deserve to be celebrated!

Joshua Farris

The First Gen Madrina Joshua Farris

During his conversation with the First Gen Madrina, Joshua touches upon the impact of being a cycle breaker—the individual who disrupts intergenerational narratives and trauma. His story reflects the resilience needed to overcome systemic challenges, highlighting the power of education in breaking the cycle. Josh’s story will leave you inspired to be yourself and follow your dreams!

Throughout their conversation, Sara and Joshua talk about what it means to be first-gen and how the definition of first-gen can vary significantly. We learn about the history of this label and Josh highlights the challenges associated with defining first-gen, as it often intersects with other identities like race and income. He advocates for shaping institutions to be more inclusive and accommodating so that all students may have equal opportunities to end college.

Overall, Josh emphasizes the importance of self-reflection, self-expression, and well-being. His journey serves as an inspiration for others, demonstrating that being first-gen and low-income is not a limiting factor but an opportunity to bring positive change to institutions and communities. We had an amazing time interview Josh and wish him the best of luck! Check out more about Josh’s offerings at his website

The First Gen Madrina

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If you are a University, College, Company or Organization, The First Gen Madrina offers workshops on a variety of topics (such as imposter syndrome, time management, managing burnout, building a self-care plan, etc..), custom built mentorship programs as well as customized services tailored to the needs of the client.

If you are a first-gen individual, join Sara, The First Gen Madrina, for individual coaching and/or group coaching. For first gens, the journey can often feel lonely but that does not mean that you are alone! Check out the Our Services tab on our website for more information!

Please send an email to Sara at for more information!

Remember to rate, review, and subscribe to The First Gen Madrina Podcast to stay connected. Also, follow on instagram and LinkedIn @thefirstgenmadrina and Sara Diaz, LCSW. Sara acknowledges that the term first gen can be fluid, so The First Gen Madrina is committed to supporting all! This isn’t just about breaking barriers—it’s about providing unwavering support that propels individuals to embrace life’s challenges and triumphs.

Stay tuned for a busy 2024 filled with amazing guests for the podcast, endless topics related to the first-gen experience and transformational coaching! Sara is your go to Madrina for all things first gen!

¡Hasta pronto!

Sara, The First Gen Madrina