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.

Sometimes It’s Difficult, but It’s Never Impossible

Let us take a minute to recognize that experiencing college can be difficult. Time management is difficult. Staying focused and motivated is...

In growing up First-Gen, I have had to grow up fast, needing to assume adult responsibilities at an earlier age than other teens. All of us...

Circles

It is my senior year of college and it feels like my senior year of high school again. I am looking at different post-graduation opportunities, all...

Make Sure You Can Always Breathe

Let’s talk about the narrative of “resilience” that is spoken of as the prized possession that happens when first-gen/low income students are put...

What I LOVE About College!

There is no doubt that college is incredibly different from high school. Our days are no longer structured for us and we no longer have to worry...

Reading up on how some high schools prep their students for college #firstgen edutopia.org/article/colleg…