Prepare your message.
Begin your video with “My name is __ and I’m first!” Then tell your story and offer some advice for students who will be the first generation in their family to go to college. If you’re an aspiring first-generation college student, say “My name is __ and I will be first!” and tell us why going to college is important to you. You may wish to write down some thoughts to prepare.
Make sure we can hear you.
We want to hear what you have to say! Pick a quiet place to make your video. Speak clearly and project your voice.
Make sure we can see you.
Light should be on your face and not behind it — i.e. don’t sit in front of a bright window. If you like, wear your college sweatshirt or an I’m First T-shirt. Order here
Record your video and upload to YouTube.
Use your webcam or smartphone to record the video. Please keep your video under three (3) minutes in length. To upload your video, sign in to YouTube or create an account.
Title your video “I’m First” and include your first name and location – for example: “I’m First: Matt in Bethesda, MD.” Include a short description about yourself and your video and use tags to describe your video so that other people can find it. Some tags to include are firstgen, imfirst, college, center for student opportunity, cso.
License your content.
When you upload your video to YouTube, select “Creative Commons – Attribution” under “License and rights ownership.” This will allow us and our partners to share your video.