Upward Bound

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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Why I Pursue Culinary by Cristina Manzo


I wish to pursue this career because being a chef means you alone, are master of your kitchen, and what you say goes. You are judged by each and every plate that goes out of your kitchen, and it is a responsibility that you thrive upon. There are very few jobs where there is so much freedom to operate as individually and creatively as that of a chef. My dad influenced me because he owned a restaurant and I was able to grow up in that business. I would always go and watch him cook, help around the kitchen and make people happy by serving out delicious food. I was always up in or around restaurants because my dad’s side of the family owned a lot whether it was local or out of town and they still do. My dad and I are constantly in kitchens and exploring other restaurants. Everyone who owns a mexican restaurant knows of my dad or his family. This food is apart of me and I want to carry on this legacy of my family.