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.

Class registration reflections from a senior

How happy am I to be a senior. Ya, that's not a question. The main reason is: class registration is a breeze compared to my early years! I just...

some insights of on-campus employment

Hey all, Recently, I gained a lot more on-campus federal work study jobs that, together, give me pretty good hours for a week. I am currently...

Happy National First Gen Day

I’d like to take a moment to really think about what it means to be a first-generation college student. For starters, at my university, it means...

Choosing the Right School

Making decisions about college can be stressful. As a high school senior you are constantly being asked “So… what's your plan after high school?...

A Conversation with Oprah

As a freshman in college, it's unheard of that I would have the opportunity to see Oprah Winfrey. However, UMass Lowell stands by their statement of...