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.

Get to Know Me: Rosemary Tovar

Hi my name is Rosemary Tovar, but most people call me Rose or Rosee! I’m from Houston, TX and I go to a small liberal arts college called Lycoming...

Spooky (application) Season

High school could not have prepared me for college admissions. I did not consider going to college until my junior year of high school. After taking...

Fall Leaves, Autumn Air

Being back in school means getting back to work, moving from class to class, stopping at home to change or grab a quick snack then heading home to...

POV: College Student in her Junior Year

College has always been something that has been a huge part of my goals and aspirations growing up. As the child of two parents who never even...

What I Wrote About in My College Essay

With Barnard really emphasizing its holistic approach, the personal statement portion of your application is probably one of the most important...

Raymond, #firstgen SENIOR (woot woot!) at @VCU, talks about his excitement/nervousness for what his last semester has to bring!: imfirst.org/2021/09/29/wha… pic.twitter.com/mi4gUH8mPs