Upward Bound

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.

College isn’t for everyone, but for me, going to college is a need. I would be the first in my family to go and hopefully graduate from college, earn my bachelor’s degree, and go to medical school. It would make my family, especially my grandma, proud. Also, the new experiences and meeting new people seem exciting.

Not many people in my family even made it to college. Right after high school ended for my mom, she had me. She’s currently helping me look for colleges/universities that she thinks will support my career choices. My dad went to college to get his associates degree, but did not move on up because he was too busy with his job as a mechanic. Although he doesn’t want me to travel far from home to a good college, he wants me to do what’s best for me. At the moment, I don’t known which college I want to go to, but I can see myself going to college. Most likely Chico State, Nevada Reno University, or close to home like Simpson University.

We get to meet new people and experience new things every day. When my friends and I took a college class during the summer, it was way different from high school. There were much older people who had children of their own, the professors always lectured, and everything was all different. Also a very good thing: no dress code! Going to college would be a whole new experience and I believe it will be a little bit better, excluding the payments.

I am glad that Upward Bound has been helping me, and supporting me with my college needs. During the summer, it taught us many important things, but the most important thing I believe is more useful for college is public speaking. It helps with a confidence boost and it helps with presentation. It also helped us experience what college was like by taking us to Simpson University for the week and had us stay in the dorm rooms and going to some classes. I need to go to college because it will help me in the long run, and I already have so much people supporting me and helping me.

Why should I go get an education beyond highschool? Not because anyone is pressuring me to and not because of a high paying job. But because of the experience and because me, and you both have the privilege to. A few of my points for getting an education beyond highschool is for the experience, culture, people, and knowledge. I want to experience all of the fun clubs, activities, or events that on happening on the campus. So many different kind of people with so different backgrounds, culture, and ethnicities. That could be a good thing or bad thing depending on how you look at it. I’ve heard many stories of life long lasting friendships bonding because of college or somewhere else besides highschool. That is probably one of the more important reason why I want to get a higher education. And last but not least is for the knowledge it provides. Do many things to learn and experience first hand and that really intrigues me. Anyways thanks for coming to my TED Talk and have a nice day or night 🙂

By: Yocelyn Nieves

I have recently started college for the first time in the fall semester of 2018 at Shasta College. The reason as to why I attend college is because it’s a way to explore new opportunities and find yourself. Believe it or not it’s more chill than High school and for that reason is because you decided on your schedule you decide on what to take and at whatever time you wish.

Graduating college gives you a better chance on Job opportunities, and gives you a higher chance on being hired, and a higher chance your own children (if you and your loved one are planning on having kids) to be college graduate/ successful in life. Graduating college also gives you the chance to make more mula (money) and who’s not down in making more money? College also teaches you life skills, like how to manage your time for an example. Being an adult is not easy and being able to manage your time can be pretty helpful if you ask me.

Some cool upside of college is… when having a degree it opens the job to help with insurance for you and your family. Another upside is when having a Bachelor’s degree or higher your more likely to have a better retirement plan and have more income than someone who never went to college after high school which makes you more financially fit, which is always good.

By: Gabe Newman

Why do I want to go to College?  I want to go to college to become an actor/singer/dancer for Broadway, and then I want to be a Music Teacher after that. Now, obviously, you don’t HAVE to have a degree to get on Broadway, but it certainly helps. Actors say that having at LEAST a Bachelors degree in theatre can help you so much, considering the knowledge of acting it gives you, and if you get your degree from a “name brand” college it increases your chance of companies to look at you for their shows. Now to becoming a Music Teacher. To become a Music Teacher you pretty much HAVE to have a Masters Degree in things like Music Theory and Jazz Theory. You also need to get experience with almost all instruments. What better way to do that than go to school for it? A college degree also looks good on an application for ANY job, and trust when I say any. Wanna be a plumber? Just show ’em that college degree and you’ve got the job. Anyways, college is the key to becoming successful. Yeah yeah, you see all these entrepreneurs on TV and stuff, but it’s risky, and you can lose everything in an instant! If you need an efficient, secure way to make money, just go to college and get a job. A company called “Forbes” says that people with just a bachelors degree can earn up to $400 more a WEEK than someone who doesn’t have a Bachelors, and this is comparing the same job and job title to each other, the only difference being their education. Now you might be saying, “But it costs so much!” Yeah, without any Financial Aid it does, but there are SO many scholarships and Financial Aide opportunities out there. Just take a look at our scholarships page. All of these are reason on WHY you should go to college, and why I want to go to college. P.S.  Most Colleges have beautiful campus’.

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The Upward Bound Summer Program

By: Cristina Manzo

At first you would think, “Great. Summer school.” But that’s not what this program is. This program consists of meeting new people, learning about your future goals and having fun. During this program, we learned how the police force works and some of the actions they would take in dire situations. All of us also became CPR Certified in one day! Along with a field trip to the Shasta Dam, we got catered by a delicious taco truck.  We all got to know one another and have fun eating tacos with an amazing view.

During the second week, students got to stay in real college dorms, have lake days, and even go rafting. We all learned about public speaking and shared our future careers with other students and worked together with people from the same field of work to create a presentation. We were given tasty drinks & snacks during those hot summer days. It was great spending time with new people and learning so much about them.

By: Andy Yang

The summer program was a blast! The teachers and staffs were very friendly. They gave specific instructions on things and the summer trip was a success. The places were amazing and very eye opening. The summer program brought out the fun in me and also gave me more information about going to college. The other students were very friendly and easy to get along with. The bus coach were very comfortable and I was able to get more sleep during the bus rides. The Santa Cruz boardwalk was a lifetime happiness experience, it was so fun and I loved everything about it. The summer program had given me a better understanding about college and applying to get into the college. The food and sleeping places were well planned out and everything went very well. To top all of that, there were plenty of snacks on the bus and there were movies played on small screens in the bus. 

By: Canty Yang

College is important to attend for me because, it will further my experiences and my knowledge about the career I want. I think attending college can help me make a better decision with what to do with my life. It can also help me get a higher or better level paying job/career. College isn’t necessary but it is indeed very well recommended. Honestly, I just want to go to college so that when I actually get a job in the future, I’ll be able to support myself and people around me. I want to achieve things during the years of furthering my education. Get to know more people and see the reality of the outside world. I want to learn many things outside of my life and see the opportunities waiting for me to take. I know that having further education can and will increase my chances of opportunities available for me. My education will allow me to do things that I want to do to achieve a goal that I’ve set for myself in the future, whether it’s soon or later. College can do many great things for me. Going to college paves my path for my future, it’s like preparing for the things I’ll be doing or may have to do. After college would be the importance that college gives me. The things I do would be the things college has given to me. But, I also have to be the one taking the opportunities and taking chances. It’s all about my ambition, whether I have the time and effort for college to do more better things in the future. I can be given many choices, but it all depends whether I want to take it and try it and go out of my comfort zone to actually do the things I want to do. Stepping up would be a great thing that may motivate me further on with college also.

Upward Bound is a federal TRIO program designed to provide opportunities for high school students to succeed in their pre-college performance in order to enable them to achieve their higher education goals. The Upward Bound program at Anderson High School provides academic support and college/career readiness services to high school students from families that have not obtained a bachelor’s degree or are considered low income. Upward Bound Provides students that participate with fundamental support for college entrance and career planning. There are currently 60 students at Anderson High School participating in Upward Bound. Throughout the school year Upward Bound provides students with academic support, tutoring services, college and career planning services and college field trips. 

In the Summer Upward Bound serves students through a 6-week college and career preparation program including a one week campus residential experience and a 1-week field trip. During the summer program students from Anderson High School also designed and built their own Upward Bound website through a career development project known as Work Study. 

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