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 Was Move-In?

How was move-in for me? That’s a loaded mash potato of a question. On one hand it was smoother than expected, but on the other it was bittersweet....

Summer’s Over Already?

As hectic as my first year was-between trying to make friends, keeping on top of my grades, figuring out what I wanted to do with my life, and being...

On Leaving Home

I think those few weeks before going back to college, where flights are being bought, plans for the following semester are being made, and goodbyes...

Eating Healthy in College

With college comes busy schedules and not enough free time. Staying healthy, while it is very important, can easily become a low priority when all...

How To: Collective Action/Organizing

  Society cannot be changed by a single person. It takes significant collective action to ever achieve anything meaningful in an era where the...

Find 20 minutes this Labor Day weekend to listen to @ImFirstGen founder Matt Rubinoff's podcast with @CollegeEssayGuy. We're talking resources for #firstgen students and taking a "What's in it for me?" approach to college. 🎧🎧🎧 twitter.com/CollegeEssayGu…