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 UStrive, 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.

Welcome 2023!

We welcome a New Year after a well deserved break! I've been back at school for a while and I am able to manage my time efficiently now, but it was...

Fresh into Spring Semester

I am just beginning my sophomore spring semester and I can’t believe this will mark two years’ worth of college. I still feel like the freshman that...

Happy New Year

It's been about a week since I returned back to campus and honestly, I missed it. I love spending time with my family and seeing them but at...

Post-Graduation Plans: What’s Next?

Can you believe it? Graduation is only a couple months away! Where has the time gone? This may be a scary subject for some and for others, it may...

The End of a Semester

Wow, a couple of weeks ago I finished my sophomore fall semester, three-eighths of the way done! Quite honestly, this semester felt never-ending,...

Sometimes it kinda tough to get back on track. With winter break over and classes a week or more in progress, Jezabell, #firstgen student at @montclairstateu, talks about how she mental prepares to get back into school mode: imfirst.org/welcome-2023/ pic.twitter.com/2kBQO9Gw4w