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.

Guide to Writing Essays in College

The transition from a New York City public high school to a competitive liberal arts college caused imposter syndrome to kick into full gear for me,...

My Support System

College has been a long journey for me. I am grateful to have been able to learn and grow from my experiences in college. I laughed, I cried, but...

It is okay, just write!

Hi, My name is Andrea, and I am a senior at Centre College. It is crazy to believe that these four years are coming to an end, and it is...

Homecoming

This year for break I will be very thankful to head home and spend time with my family and just take some time to relax. I get to go home and see my...

Creepin’ it real!

I’m currently a junior in college, so that officially makes me an upperclassman ! I find it a bit crazy because a little over two years ago I was a...

This holiday, spend some time expressing what it's been like during your #firstgen college journey and what you're thankful for: imfirst.org/stories/ pic.twitter.com/HJjUhI6A2z