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Simpson University Upward Bound Students Adapt to Virtual Summer Program

Simpson University News

REDDING, Calif.— Simpson University’s Upward Bound leadership team has adapted to the challenges presented by the pandemic, offering a robust virtual summer program to more than 240 high school students at four North State high schools.

In 2017, Simpson University was awarded a $5.7 million, five-year grant to administer the Upward Bound program at Anderson, West Valley, Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta high schools. The federally funded educational program is designed to give first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged students better opportunities to attend college.

For the past two summers, more than 100 Upward Bound students participated in a program that included a weeklong residential experience at Simpson University, four weeks at high school sites, then a weeklong road trip to visit colleges.

As it became clear that COVID-19 restrictions would not allow for the same experience in 2020, staff members spent nearly two months putting together a program consisting of college classes…

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Shasta College Enrollment and Registration Fall 2020


Cal State University System Enrollment and Registration Fall 2020

  1. Cal State Apply application for admission
  2. Ensure your FAFSA has been completed correctly and that the CSU campus you selected received your award information.
  3. Review Financial Aid Award Letters and Acceptance Letters
  4. Request Transcripts to be sent to campuses from AHS counselors
  5. Create your CSU student portal account with specific campus
  6. Check with your specific campus location for information on next steps for enrollment and registration
    1. https://www2.calstate.edu/attend/freshman/Pages/next-steps.aspx

The Anderson High School soccer team is currently sitting pretty with only 1 loss this season and undefeated in their league heading into the northern section playoffs. With a hard fought game against a top league team they are looking to make a splash in the playoffs. While Upward Bound is designed to prepare students for college success, we are so proud of our boys for what they have accomplished this year on the soccer field. They learn valuable 21st century skills in athletic programs such as teamwork, perseverance and leadership. IMG_0292There are eight players from the Upward Bound Simpson program at AHS on the team; Mario Vazquez, Jose Magana, Juan Lopez, Luis Ruiz, Adrian Magana, Ivan Hernandez, Alessandro Vazquez and Joshua Nieves.

Upward Bound students from Anderson and West Valley High Schools visit campuses of UC Davis and Sacramento State. Students had the chance to meet and talk with Upward Bound alumni Marcelo Madrigal and Breanna Barry, both UC Davis 1st time freshman. Marcelo is majoring in Electrical Engineering and he talked to students about how much he loves his decision to attend UC Davis.

Simpson University News

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University freshman Angelina Yang wants to go big.

This 18-year-old dreamer is the first person in her family to go to a university. She’s the oldest of six children born to a Hmong father and American mother. Born in Fresno, she has lived in Crescent City and graduated from high school in Anderson.

And she wants to become a clinical or criminal psychologist.

Two years ago, Angelina heard about a new program being offered at Anderson Union High School called Upward Bound. This federally funded educational program is designed to give first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged students better opportunities to attend college.

“I heard details and believed it was a really great opportunity for me, so I signed up,” she said. “The advisors were super helpful. I wanted help with finding the right college and getting support.”

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Each year the faculty of Anderson High School vote to award students with semester and department honors for those individuals that performed exemplary in the classroom. Upward Bound Simpson students that were honored at the event are as follows: Marcelo Madrigal 12th grade (committed to UC Davis in the Fall), Holly Tower 12th grade, Isabella Stramaglia 11th grade, Fuey Saetern 11th grade, Bradley Ramsey 10th grade.

Upward Bound students from Anderson High School had the opportunity to visit the historical campuses of University of California Berkeley and University of San Francisco. First generation students interested in pursuing a 4 year university after high school had the opportunity to tour and learn about the opportunities being offered in these San Francisco area schools. UC Berkeley wowed students with its traditions and mile long underground library. While USF boasts the nations largest and oldest cathedral on a college campus. Students also had the opportunity of doing some sight seeing at the Golden Gate Bridge.

Let me start off by assuming that you are a high school lad waiting for your admission into that dream college of yours. Of course, who else would be asking the same question, a college graduate?

To be honest with you, it totally depends on the real you. when I mean the “real” you, I do not refer to the hypocritical you due to family or peer pressure, I mean the you that you have always wanted to be if left alone.  If you’re a dull like me, you will remain like that all through your college life. Perhaps, you have always been locked up at home, this is the time you would want to explore the nitty-gritty of being free but please try to calm down so you don’t mess up your life.

However, here is what I want you to know; if you give yourself the opportunity to expand your horizon, such as active involvement in sports activities, learning new languages, changing your musical and literal tastes, and getting comfortable with strangers, you did simply create the possible ways to have fun in college. If you would still want a stereotyped answer, yes, college can be fun.

You need to be happy because the very purpose of life is to seek happiness and that is what you should also seek for in college. It is not just about studying genetic mutation or working on some sort of theorems, you also need to step out and balance it up. You need to keep fit for health and this is why the college was designed to accommodate all that. May I remind you that a college is meant to prepare you for the future, so you need to get acquainted to what it is like outside there and maximize the privileges of being in college.

So if you are already in college, or you just got your acceptance letter to that dream college of yours, trust me, college can be fun. You just need to position yourself rightly. Embrace it and don’t shy away from it. You need it to balance up your mental health and also to get rid of every emotional stress that the vigorous academic activities must have placed on you. The mathematical theorems can be really vigorous. Remember, you can only attend college once except you want to have more than one college degree, but all the same, it’s a phase. So enjoy it but don’t mess up your life, I repeat, don’t mess up your life. All work and no play, makes you a dull boy.

I would love to acknowledge the fact that this is a million-dollar question, as a lot of colleges are growing more competitive. Of course, what do you expect, the value of Education does not just keep rising but the population is also at the forefront as well.

Meanwhile, we can’t shy away from the fact that the pressure keeps rising every year for students who value the need for Education and are willing to take a step beyond their high school diploma. But here is the good news, getting into a college is as easier than you have ever imagined. Wait a minute, were you thinking it was that difficult? Now, please shift your attention away from that.

The truth is that you don’t prepare at the battlefield but you prepare before the battle. With accurate and proper preparations, you will find yourself in a situation where you have to make choices of which college to attend after receiving multiple acceptance letters, Im sure that sounds cool to you. So let’s get started as I highlight few steps on how to get into college as easier than you have ever imagined.

Build a connection

This is very important for you as you need to establish a connection with college admission officers, college admission coach, and school counselors. They will provide with up to dates information and opportunity like scholarships; im sure you would love to hear that.

Be organized

At this stage, you need to set up a calendar for all college application events such as, deadlines, tests, visits, sessions and calls. When you have this set up, you get intoxicated in your quest to gain an admission to that dream college of yours. Quick Tip: you can make all your deadlines a week earlier so you can have that peace of mind. Besides, have a specific location or place where all your vital documents are kept so you don’t go about looking for one document or the other. I have experienced this and it nearly cost me a place in college. So don’t be like me.

Visit the school

Here is one secret, when you take out time to visit the college, you spark up your interest and get motivated to do more in your tests. It looks more real to you and you sure wouldn’t want to disappoint yourself.

Finally, try to compare colleges. You don’t just have to be stick to one, you can check out other colleges, compare them with regards to cost, the education programs, social aspects and also the finances which is more important. You really need to have all figured out and im sure you did find the perfect one for you. See you at the top!


    I come from a low income family. My parents highest education is middle school, I came to California around the age 3. At first, my primary language was Spanish. I remember my first day of kindergarten, I didn’t know anyone and I hardly spoke English. I remember being scared that day but my teacher Mrs.Campbell ( who I still adore to this day) made me feel welcome. By the end of the day I remember all the kids lining up behind the door, I didn’t understand what was going on so I hid under a play set we had in the classroom hoping no one would find me. The teacher couldn’t dismiss the class till I was found. Everyone searched class in the classroom just to find me. A student ended up finding me on bend and knees under the the play set.

I’m sharing this story because that was the very first day of school for me. Because of that day I remember crying to my parents because I didn’t want to go to school. But thankfully for my kindergarten teacher and the staff at the school they made me feel welcome and helped me make new friends.

I never was interested in school, I would always complete my homework but I never did well on exams. At a young age I’ve always had my eye set on the University of Arizona. I was born in Phoenix, Arizona which is mainly the reason I want to attend an out of state college. I want to go to college because I am constantly surrounded by people who did not achieve their goals. People who dropped of high school because of pregnancies or drugs. I see people all the time doing nothing with their life and I see the sadness and struggles they go through on a day to day bases because they didn’t have goals or any sort of education. I promise myself at a young age that I wouldn’t turn out to be my neighbors and be successful enough to not only take care of myself but also my parents.

My parents do everything for me, I feel obligated to be successful for them. I’ve had my fair shares of struggles in school but my mindset is to go to graduate not just high school but college as well. My parents did not have the opportunities like everyone else has. At the time where they grew up in they did not have a high school for them. That is why I joined upward bound.

I saw that it was an amazing opportunity to earn money and to also enjoy new experiences with friends and to also have more knowledge about college. Upward bound has helped me understand how to apply for scholarships, the importance of job interviews and which colleges require a personal essay when submitting to a school. It was an opportunity that I am grateful for.

Many people do not have the opportunities that we have, it is important to take advantage of the opportunities that are given to us. It is hard to make it in this world with just a high school education.  I’ve met new friends and enjoyed many new experience with not only the students top but with the staff too. I hope upward bound continues for many years after I finish my last year in high school.

I hope people understand the importance of not only college but high school too.

My name is Ashley Malecke and I want to go to a community college for 2 years then transfer to a 4-year University. I haven’t been to see to many colleges but one of my top University choices is the University of Reno. I went on a trip there last year on a school trip with a couple of friends. When I got there I loved the campus and the tour guides were extremely nice and really tried to make sure that we got really understand what they were about as a school. Everyone is together and they want you to succeed in college. They are very proud of there school spirit and there achievements as a school.

When I was walking around campus and seeing the campus I really felt a pull to go to this school and they are really proud about Nevada and there mining achievement as a state that they have a whole archeology exhibit that’s labeled and I’m not really interested in rocks as much as other people are but when I saw this room I was captivated.

Lastly, that if your like me and don’t want to move far away from your family, Anderson is only four and a half hours from the campus so if you have a couple days off of school you can go visit your friends and family in Anderson.

If you really want to go to college you really need to take upward bound and the school groups serious because they show you colleges and try to help you with your FAFSA and scholarships so you can get accepted into the college you want because they really want you to succeed and not just because it’s there job it’s because they care about the students.