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 Strive for College, 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.

Work-Study: A Little Networking and A Lot of Confidence

As a first-generation, low income student going into college with little to no funds, I knew I would have to find a job while living on-campus. I had never really worked much in high school and the thought of searching for jobs and interviewing for positions stressed me out.

Leaving Home

Leaving home my first year definitely wasn’t easy. Before college, I had only been away from home for maybe a few weeks, a month tops. Dartmouth is...

Senioritis? No thank you. (Well, maybe a little)

My spring semester in high school was very exciting because I was finally going to move on to the next chapter in my life. I had been accepted into...

The Waiting Game- My story/How to get through it

After months of writing, interviews, and fighting for myself, I uneasily opened the letter that held my fate. My future was riding on the contents...

Academic Preparedness: How Prepared Should You Be?

While a senior in my high school class, I would often worry about college and if I would be prepared to handle such an intense workload. I tried to...

This week's College Partner Spotlight goes to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. You can find more information about the school on UStrive at: app.ustrive.com/colleges/Virg…. Thank you for being our College Partner @virginia_tech ! pic.twitter.com/vB1DoI8tl7