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.

Giving Thanks

Around this time of year we take time and really think about what in our lives we are thankful for. Many people say their family, that they have a...

Nothing Out of the Ordinary

I had never thought that I would have a rough semester, but we all do. Shockingly, I am okay with having a rough semester, but that is primarily...

Looking Back on the Process–What I Wish I Knew

I applied for college around three years ago, in 2016. Looking back, the thing that sticks out the most to me is what I desperately wish I had done...

Lines

The sad truth is that I cannot always be there for my friends and families 100% of their time. It is true that I am one phone call away or simply...

Starting Over

As the semester comes to a close, I wanted to take some time to discuss some of the things I've had going on. It has been a difficult year as I've...

"I think I’m most grateful for having the opportunity to further my education" 😊 #firstgen Check out our latest student blog. 👇 imfirst.org/2018/12/03/giv…