There are many types of first generation students. I happen to be of the immigrant sort, with parents that have degrees that mean very little on this soil. The "kingdom of the lingua franca" mentioned—the land of English—was very difficult to navigate without first conquering the language, but even afterwards there are some immovable disadvantages. You'll find rich Peruvian references in this piece—Manco Cápac, the founder of one of the longest lasting Inca dynasties, referred to himself as “the son of the sun”; since the sun was a god, Inti, this gave him and succeeding rulers much political power. "Pachamama" is the Quechua word for Mother Earth, who was a goddess, mother of Inti. The description of the Conquistadores is eerily reminiscent of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse mentioned in the last book of the New Testament, respectively symbolizing Conquest, War, Famine, and Death. Cruelly fitting, seeing as they often used Christianity itself as an excuse for bringing those four very plagues upon the indigenous people.
"A quasi-prose, quasi-spoken word about the mullings of a first gen girl,"
First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience: Vol. 1
, Article 21.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/fgv/vol1/iss1/21