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.

Then and Now

As we enter the third month of the semester I can't help but think back to when I was starting college. We would often have college students come...

Moving-In: Jorge at CMU

Hey, my name's Jorge Alvarez, and I'm a First generation college student. My move-in experience was simple; I rolled my duffle bag-suitcase hybrid...

CMU Orientation 2016: Capture the Moment

Orientation was a blast! Orientation at CMU is one of national acclaim; a nine-day convention of events, community discussions, lessons from older...

First-Gen, First Internship

This is exciting! Let me tell you these news! I never thought I would get an internship before leaving college, but that changed when I received an...

Summers Before and After College

The summer before my first year of college I served as a camp counselor’s assistant at the summer camp at my local park. The thing was, I didn’t...

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