There is something special about being the FIRST…

…especially being the first in your family to attend and graduate from college. I’m First!, an initiative of UStrive, is an online community celebrating first-generation college students.

Check out video stories from first-gen students, read student blogs and discover colleges that have special programs to support their first-gen students. We feature YouTube video testimonials from first-gen students and graduates from across the country. Watch some below or share your own story.

Crunch Time For College Applications: How to Be Prepared and Ready to Submit Applications

It’s finally that time of the year. The fall semester is close to ending and you are considering to attend college soon. The deadlines for many of...

Being A First-Gen Gap Year Student

As a first generation student taking a gap year, the application process was difficult for me. I graduated in 2021, a year before most of my peers...

Turkey Day Break!

With a much-needed break around the corner and finals just a ways away, I am immensely looking forward to my break this year. This semester for me,...

The Importance of Support

Happy Fall, everyone! As the semester is ramping up before break and finals, now more than ever I continue to rely on the amazing support system...

Balancing the Unbalanced!

As the weeks continue to fly by, college-life sometimes still feels...unbalanced. It's November! I thought I would have it all together but new...

Submitting those college apps is only the beginning of the journey. Jorge, #firstgen senior (woot woot!) at @CarnegieMellon, talks about his next steps once applications were done!: imfirst.org/completing-col… pic.twitter.com/zPLhvrlOkO