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.

Filling Out FAFSA

Filling out the FAFSA has become increasingly easy over the past couple of years. The first time I went through the process, it felt more daunting...

Looking For Land

How's the job search going? Do you know where you want to work? What do you want to do? Well, my LinkedIn network is small. My academics could be...

Major Declaration Day

My whole life I have been waiting for a sign--something that would impact the course of my entire existence, just saying “my major is …” The power...

New Year, New Me

You’re supposed to grow in college and figure out who you are and life and all that jazz. But I never expected the growth I would experience from...

My College Search and Selection Process

While I had some idea of what I wanted to do after college, I didn’t have a concrete plan on how to make it to where I thought I wanted to be. As...

Senior year. Back on campus... it's a vibe! A'Daja, #firstgen student finishing up her last year at @WUSTL, talks about what she's been looking forward to!: imfirst.org/2021/09/30/bei… pic.twitter.com/ry0ZIQhftO