Upward Bound Toward College

Every high school student who wants to attend college should be given the opportunity to realize that dream. That is what Upward Bound is all about.

Upward Bound is a TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and implemented through the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Purdue University Fort Wayne. During the Summer Academy portion of the program, students are able to live on campus for three weeks and attend college classes.

This summer, we had two Upward Bound students intern with us at the College of Arts and Sciences. Justin McDonald and Kaung Oo learned a little about marketing for higher education while they were here. They also shared their Upward Bound experience with us.

“The Upward Bound family takes care of each other,” Justin said, “and are easy to be around because of the friendly environment… You also get a chance to meet other kids your age, and you have opportunities to do fun activities.” He has been in the program for three years and said his highlight is always Summer Academy, which provides a good way to get “a feel of college life by allowing students to spend time on campus.”

Kaung said that staying in the dorms taught her responsibility. “It’s nice that I got this experience through Purdue FW, because now I know the exact things I need if I stay in a college dorm anywhere in the U.S.” She said that participating in Upward Bound was “the best decision I’ve ever made, because this is a program in which different high schools in the Fort Wayne area come together and create memories that will last for a life time.”

You can visit the TRIO Upward Bound website for more information about the program.

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