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.

How many hours in a day are there again?

As I enter my junior in the hope to find some normalcy I was immediately met with an overwhelming amount of information and new experiences. Living...

Next Four Years Here We Go?

Getting my first college acceptance letter doesn't exactly feel like it does in the movies anymore simply because you really get it in an email...

(Almost) At the Finish Line!

I am about to enter week 9 out of 10 of spring term of my junior year at Dartmouth. (That's so crazy!) One of the hardest things about the quarter...

Check the Cheese (part 2)

It has almost become second nature for me to spend the entire school year waiting for summer break. Then, when summer break rolls around, I start to...

Check the Cheese (part 1)

The other night I decided to be creative. I boiled some penne pasta, cooked some shrimp, and pulled out my favorite brand of pesto. After the pasta...

#ConvoStarter: This year is pretty unique: You have freshmen who are true first-time-in-college. Then you have sophomores who are in their 2nd year but on campus for the first time. We'd love to hear how institutions are support this unique group of students!