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.

Working In College

As a student Freshman year, I decided to take a position as an on-campus tour guide. This job has been such an amazing blessing! I have been able to...

Rejection: It’s Not the End

As the college application process ends and the college decision season begins, I've been thinking back to where I was this time last year. A year...

I am 21 Years Old and I’m Still Afraid of the Dark

I still don't know how I convince myself that there will be an ominous figure waiting outside my bedroom door if I attempt to leave my room before...

Returning to Normal?

The past month has been filled with a number of uncertainties for me personally. With class registration coming up there are a lot of unanswered...

Doing Too Much

I am a victim to the too much gene when it comes to work! The immigrant mentality that many of us first generation children face is that we need to...

Want to know what college has been like for #firstgen students during the pandemic? Check out the I'm First! blog, where amazing #firstgen students share their experiences and stories with the world: imfirst.org/blog/ pic.twitter.com/EPZoEHIYoy

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