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.

The Importance of Being a Mentor

One of the hardest things about being a first generation student is often times feeling alone. Coming from a family that did not have any experience...

Summers: Then and Now

This past summer, I spent it at PayPal working as a Full Stack Software Engineering Intern. It was a tough learning experience as I was thrown into...

How Internships Are Classist

There’s a terrible underbelly to the practice of internships that transcends the anxiety of finding an opportunity that leads to a ‘productive’...

New Year, Last Year!

Wow! I woke up this morning with the buzz of senior year in my ears. The last 3 years swished and tumbled by. This past summer, I had time to...

Fly-in Opportunities

Fly-in programs are great for students to learn about and visit colleges that they are interested in. When I was a senior in high school, Colorado...