Upward Bound Alumni Success Stories

 

Macon Allen
Macon Allen

Gallatin


“Joining Upward Bound was by far the best decision I made while in high school. I was a very academic person as it was, but UB gave me that extra push. The tutoring hours, weekly contacts, Extreme Saturdays, and college visits helped me become even more successful in high school. They are the reason I felt I could branch out and truly realize my full potential. UB became more than just a college prep program; they became my support system, a family. They are the reason that I am currently a student at MSU as a Political Science major and Philosophy minor. UB’s support, encouragement, and academic resources are the reasons that I explored my options. I found where my skills were and what I was passionate about. The skills I was taught and lessons I learned while in UB are not only going to help me in college, but in my career and life as well.”

 

 

Kayla Fox
Kayla Fox

Chillicothe


“Upward Bound has helped me with time management skills, knowledge of college life, and has given me access to resources that I would otherwise not know about. In particular, by participating in the Bridge program over the summer, I have gained valuable insight which has allowed me to succeed much quicker than my peers. I am currently pursuing a degree in Social Work.”

 

 

Sam Hamilton
Sam Hamilton

Gallatin


“I’m an indecisive person. I change my mind constantly and college plans were no exception. I started Upward Bound with the idea that I would become a lawyer and came out with the goal of becoming a journalist. In between those times, Upward Bound helped me grow as a person and discover my areas of interest. They helped me make my decision to go to Mizzou for the journalism program. The summer component of UB pushed me to become more independent and showed me that I can handle the college experience. During those times I also made unlikely friendships that have survived the test of time. The biggest help for me has definitely been the assistance I received in selecting a college and career path. I couldn’t have done it alone.”