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.

To Juniata College Dear

The college decision process is hard. The college decision process for a first year generation student; even harder. And although it’s a hard process, the most important thing to do is remember that it is a decision for you.

Senioritis Lingers

As the semester draws to a close, I am very proud that despite how slow going it has felt, I'm almost done. A change in major has caused me to be a...

How I Chose My School

In honor of decision day very quickly approaching, I would like to share with you all my journey and how I decided where I wanted to go to school....

My College Journey at Rutgers

I consider myself lucky to have a family that encouraged me to apply for and attend college. Although the process was difficult because I had to do...

Independence is not all it seems…

I am a student from a low income family. My mother has made me balance school and work from the minute I turned sixteen. I worked at my old job for...

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