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.

Moments of Weakness Worth Documenting: I’m A Senior Without A Compass

This is my last semester of college. I do not know how I managed to survive almost four years. Last night, as I laid in bed snuggled next to my...

Here to fight.

I am in a war and on many battlefields. Who am I fighting against? What am I fighting for? How am I going to fight? Why am I fighting? These are the...

A Break before the Storm

As the world crumbled below my feet, collapsing into itself and swallowing me whole, I grasped for fragments who I was. Name? Raquel, I think. I was...

Life Goals

Senior year is almost coming to an end! It’s been an amazing four years at the ‘ever better’ campus here in Rochester and can’t wait for what the...

Staying Ahead of the Game

We are back and running in full swing with the spring semester. After a bit of a delay in the start of the semester due to snow conditions here in...

We have provided some recommendations - The Naked Roommate by @harlancohen, The Other Wes Moore by @iamwesmoore, and The Freshman Survival Guide by @billmcgarvey & @NoraBradbury. Do you have any? twitter.com/bayareachick1/…