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 It Started and How It’s Going

We are often told that it is alright to go to college and not know what you want to study or what you want to be. While that is true in many cases,...

Looking Back; Staying on Track

When I think back to November of last year, I can’t help but laugh. During this tumultuous time of college applications, I remember feeling a...

Couldn’t Have Done It Without You

College can be a lonely journey sometimes. As a freshman, it is very easy to become overwhelmed by everything around you. The new people, the...

Staying On Track

The college application process can be one of the most daunting experiences a high schooler can go through. To me, it felt like everything I had...

Giving Thanks

During this time of year, I am constantly reminded of the endless support I have received throughout the years, especially...

Your #FirstGen story of determination, strength, and resillence can inspire a generation: imfirst.org/stories/