Upward Bound Alumni Success Stories
“UB has always kept me on the right course of study, therefore I have been accepted into a nursing program right after high school in my pursuit of becoming a RN. UB has also paid the ACT fee twice, so that I could continue to raise my score. Furthermore, UB introduced me to multiple colleges that I may not have even looked into without them. I have so many AMAZING memories and experiences, between the summer component and all the trips we have taken.”
“Upward Bound has been one of the most important aspects of my high school career. It exposed me to many different kinds of careers and helped me figure out what I want (and what I didn’t want) to do as a career. The program taught me how to prepare myself for applying to colleges and for financial aid, and the summer component gave me a taste of what college life itself might be like. I am attending the University of Missouri in the fall, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences with the hope of obtaining a Doctorate down the line. In addition to career and college exploration, Upward Bound has also encouraged me to succeed at my high school. I was told to take the difficult classes, to not only meet the requirements of the program, but to challenge myself, and utilize a trait they saw in me during the very first afternoon they met me. I have a passion for learning, and it was the encouragement from the Upward Bound staff that brought it out. The program has thrown me out of my comfort zone as many times as I can count, and I am better from it. I learned what it means to develop meaningful relationships with others, and the relationships I have made through this program will last a lifetime. As I transition from my life in high school to college, I will always treasure the affect this amazing program has had on me. Upward Bound has transformed me into the individual I am today. A friend, a leader, and a scholar.”
I have achieved so much with the assistance from Upward Bound. Not only did this amazing program assist me throughout all of high school, it also helped me prepare for college in a variety of ways. Before I was in UB, I had no idea what to look for in a college or even how to prepare for college. Upward Bound gave me access to so many staff members that cared about my success and made me feel as though I could accomplish anything. Without their guidance throughout high school, I would not have been successful. UB prepared me in many other ways for college by providing me with speakers on topics such as note taking, money management, and many others. Along with this amazing program came a plethora of new friends. In the early days of my high school career I was an anxiety filled red head. Upward Bound broke me out of my shell and gave me the opportunity to make friends that cared about me and my success as a student. Upward Bound is an amazing program that not only allows you to realize your full potential, but introduces you to a world of people that will help you achieve it.