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.

Support System

Building a strong support system is not something I consider to have been a priority of mine, at least within the past 5 years. I think it’s a...

Taking Breaks

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! With being a commuter I am usually already at home, but to see all my friends get to travel home for...

The Importance of Support

Since November has passed in a flash, I find myself looking back at what I was grateful for during that time of thankfulness and community. I...

My Support System

I am very grateful for many people in my life so far as I have journeyed through higher education and my own personal life. First off, my family has...

Guide to Writing Essays in College

The transition from a New York City public high school to a competitive liberal arts college caused imposter syndrome to kick into full gear for me,...

@sarayelich @LifeAtPurdue We'd love to connect with someone at Purdue to learn more about their efforts for #firstgen students and how we can get them in partnership! The more the merrier!