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.

Oh Geez

Sometimes you don’t really see how busy you are until you’re on a break. Last semester felt more intense than usual, and I know that intensity was...

Being Present: 1 of 7 Things I’ve Learned in College

When I look back at my college experience, I can’t think of many times where I was fully accepting and appreciating the present. I was often looking...

Goodbye Finals!

With finals finally behind us, I can now reflect and appreciate the dedication that college students put towards this time. The environment of...

Navigating Finals

As the semester comes to an end, it is very easy to feel stressed about final projects and exams. I know that I usually start to feel the pressure a...

You’re Doing Great!

I hope that everybody is having a great holiday season! While this is a time for festivities and relaxation, I know a lot of you are freaking out...

College is a great place to realize your limits and when it's time to elevate on to better opportunities...even when it's uncomfortable. @RutgersU #firstgen student, Tatyana, shares her perspective and experience with growth: imfirst.org/too-much-and-t… pic.twitter.com/gSGCzrKL2r