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There's Something Special About Being First...

...especially being the first in your family to attend and graduate from college. I'm First is an online community for first-generation college students—and their supporters. Hear inspiring stories and share your own, discover colleges that care about first-gen students, find answers to your questions about college, and receive guidance on the road to and through college.

I'm First is a winner of the College Knowledge Challenge, a competitive grant initiative sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook, College Summit, and King Center Charter School.

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Everyone has a story to tell. Be inspired by stories from first-generation college students and graduates—and share your own.

"Do NOT give up on this journey! There are going to be nights when you are homesick. There are going to be days when you feel like maybe you just can’t get out of bed. The work will be hard, but it will be well worth it when you are finally on your way to succeeding and finally becoming what you have put all of your work and effort towards."

— Lysa in Jensen Beach, FL