I am first


The I Am First… program will equip first-generation college students with the confidence, self-awareness, and career readiness knowledge to jumpstart into a successful journey towards achieving career and leadership development. As an I Am First student you will be amongst a group of your peers who can relate to the first-generation college experience and provide a network of support even beyond the program conclusion.


I am First... Program Benefits


Exposure to:

  • Design Your Life Exploratory  Lab - walk away with a career and life road map to success
  • StrengthsFinder 2.0 - a strengths-based assessment and overview to help identify your strengths as a first-generation college student
  • First-generation Alumnus, Employer,  Faculty Panel/Networking
  • Access to an Alumni Mentor
  • Receive a Launch Your Career Workbook with activities to build your networking skills to access the hidden job market and take a readiness assessment to identify ways to improve or enhance your readiness skills
  • 1-1 Coaching sessions with the I Am First Career Coach


Additional Benefits:

  • Scholarship Award Opportunity - A  $250 scholarship will be awarded to a select number of students who fully complete the program and additonal program requirements, to further explore and execute their goals
  • Access to interest and career inventories offered by the Career Center free of cost i.e. Strong Interest Inventory and Myers Briggs Personality Assessments (valued at $20 each)
  • Community through Canvas and Social Media



Program Qualifications:

  • Identify as a first-generation college student - See application for definition
  • Currently enrolled as a 1st/2nd year undergraduate student - Fall Semester Cohort only
  • Currently enrolled as a transfer, 3rd, or 4th year undergraduate students - Spring and Summer Semester Cohort only
  • Complete entire program application
  • Submit resume -  The Career Center offers “Drive-Thru Services” M – F to assist you with your resume related questions. Or   you can also utilize  VMOCK  our virtual resume check software, if you are unable to visit us in person. Click  HERE  to access VMOCK.
  • Note**Program admittance is limited to 50 students. 


Time Commitment:

Mandatory Summer - Tuesday sessions from 10am - 12pm - full commitment to attend all sessions is required. Two or more missed sessions will disqualify students for being eligible for a scholarship award and a Career Readiness Completion Certificate granted by the Career Center.

  • Program Timeframe :   2024 |  June 11th - August 6th
  • Sessions are hybrid. There will be 5 sessions in-person and 4 sessions will be virtual. 



Application submission

Deadline to Apply - Deadline Friday, May 17th

Student Orientation (Mandatory): TBA

For additional questions regarding the I Am First program contact Stephanie Reyes at sreyes@fullerton.edu 



Hear from your peers about many aspects of being a first-generation college student and their experience in the I Am First program. Click on the thumbnail to play the video.

Gabriela Ruiz I Am First YouTube Video

Gabriela Ruiz
Melanie Martinez I Am First YouTube Video

Melanie Martinez
Sarai Reyes I Am First YouTube Video

Sarai Reyes