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.

Finances makes the world go around

Coming into college I knew I had saved up some money from working summer jobs and was looking forward to using that money at as many places I...

Dear College: An Honest Letter

Dear the University of San Diego, First I want to say thank you. Thank you for being my second home, a place where I can learn, and for being a...

My Summer (and future) plans

To say that I'm not terrified of the future or my after school plans would be a huge misgiving on my part. So I will not begin this post talking of...

A love letter to college

Dear Catholic University of America, I love you. I love you because in this home away from home I have found freedom and friends and I could not be...

Red Light, Green Light. Follow the Signs.

In general, continuous motion is good. From high school, you begin working or start college. In college, you go to classes, then complete homework,...

Do you have #firstgen juniors/seniors who are navigating the college search process right now? Suggest they check out our College Partners, were each school as a detailed profile on the programs/resources specific to #firstgen students!: imfirst.org/colleges/