Upward Bound offered a variety of special events during the fall 2015 semester. Students tried food from South Korea and Ethiopia as part of our monthly cultural dinner experiences. They visited Indiana Wesleyan University and University of Southern Indiana to learn more about what these colleges offer. They took a trip to Bloomington for a performance by Black Violin, attended a performance by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and went on an outing to see the play April 4, 1968: Before We Forgot How to Dream. Students were able to participate in a health career day, where they had a specialized experience with an IUPUI school that gave an overview of what it would be like to be a student and professional in that field. Students also spent a day during fall break volunteering at Teacher’s Treasures, Gleaners Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, and Riley Hospital. In addition, students were able to work on their leadership skills during a Saturday workshop with Adrian Rosado from TheMillennial.Be and learn about Puerto Rico from IUPUI professor Jose Vargas-Vila.
Why is volunteering important?
"Volunteering makes you feel like you are stepping outside of the box. When people share what they did over fall break, they say they slept, played games, etc. I get to say that I made a difference in the community." —Karla W.
"You are doing something to make someone’s life a little better. In the end, you feel happy that you can help." —Jasmine F.
"Volunteering is important because you are helping organizations make a difference in people’s lives." —Danae D.
"You are able to help those less fortunate and help put a smile on their faces." —Jordan T.
What do you get out of volunteering?
"Volunteering makes you feel proud. You feel good about being able to help others and are excited and willing to do it again." —Jayannia H.
"Volunteering gives you the opportunity to help people and do something for a good cause. It also looks good on a job or college application." —Jasmine F.
"I like the feeling of being able to help someone who is less fortunate." —Lachanee S.
by Dave Hardy
Some of you may have heard this story before, but I really struggled my first two years of college. I had always been a good student in high school; grades came easy to me, and to be honest, I thought college would be more of the same. However, when I first arrived at Brigham Young University (BYU), it was a totally different world. I was used to the structure of high school with people helping me organize my workload and showing me what classes I needed to take. Unfortunately, I spent the first two years at BYU taking the wrong classes, and it took me six years to graduate. Neither of my parents went to college, so they didn’t really know how to help me. I worked really hard, and made it through, but I was used to doing things on my own. Everything would have been much easier had I known I had an advisor assigned to help me with these decisions.
This is one of the primary reasons that we want each of you to be in the habit of seeing an advisor on a regular basis. As you already know, our entire purpose here at Upward Bound is to prepare you for college. . . . to make it so that when you are a university freshman, you won’t make the same mistakes that I did. While there are some fundamental differences between what we do in our advising sessions at Upward Bound and what you’ll experience in college, we want you to know that there are people out there whose full-time job is to help you make it through. We want you to get the most out of those visits and your educational experience in general.
To help with this goal, I’ve compiled a small list of suggestions that could help you with advising, not only in the future when you’re in college but also starting right now with your advising sessions with Upward Bound.
Be proactive—Yes, we will try to contact you if we haven’t seen you in a while, and a collegiate advisor might reach out if you’re in trouble academically, but it’s for your benefit to reach out early and often to make sure you’re getting the assistance you need.
Prepare for your advising sessions beforehand—Think about questions or concerns you can share with your advisor and write them down so you can make these meetings as meaningful as possible. Technically speaking, you should be driving the conversation. . . . getting what you need, not what I think you need.
Open up and share with your advisor information about your life, your interests, your family, activities you’re involved in, and ambitions you have in life. Your advisor will be able to assist you much more effectively the more they know about you.
Consult with your advisor before making major changes to your life that could affect you academically. While here at Upward Bound we don’t have the authority to change your classes or things of that nature, we can help provide resources or direction that might be helpful. When you’re at college, your advisor will be the one who can help you change majors, figure out the best career path, etc. Get in the habit now of working closely with your advisor.
This list could go on, but I think you get the point. I get that some of you may only do your Upward Bound advising session once per semester because it’s a requirement, but try to remember the purpose of these sessions. We want you to be in the habit of regularly seeing an advisor so that when you get to college, you’re that much more prepared for the challenges you will face. As I meet with students on a regular basis, I see these changes already occurring—these meetings become much more meaningful, and I see a lot of progress as you each continue toward your goals. While these 20–30 minute meetings may not seem like much to you at this point in your lives, you are preparing yourselves to be successful in college, and that is why we have advising.
What are you thankful for this holiday season?
“I’m thankful for my family.” —Jazmyne K.
“I’m thankful for Suyen for being a great, helpful friend who puts up with all my craziness and also for my friends.” —Kin-Nyshia M.
“I’m thankful I’m able to spend time with my friends and family. I’m also thankful I am able to help others in need. I’m also thankful I get to spend time with Deja R.” —Karla W.
“I’m thankful because I get to spend time with my loved ones and Karla.” —Deja R.
“I’m thankful for just being alive and the fact that I was given a chance to experience life.” —Elizjah G.
“I’m thankful for everything that I have.” —Kiara M.
“I’m thankful for my family.” —Eduardo T.
“I’m thankful for my beautiful cousin Jaira because she is always there for me and makes me laugh.” —Suyen S.
“Having my friends and family around this time of the year because nothing is promised at all.” —Licole C.
“I am thankful that I am able to wake up each morning in a comfortable home.” —Raeven S.
Spring Leadership Opportunities
Notre Dame Student Leadership Conference
South Bend, IN
Five students will be able to apply for this opportunity.
Deadline: January 30, 2016
This leadership conference will feature Danielle Green, Pat Tillman Award winner and 2004 Purple Heart recipient. Green is a former Notre Dame basketball standout who lost her lower left arm and hand when she was wounded by a rocket-propelled enemy grenade while serving with the U.S. Army in the Iraq War in May 2004. As she rebuilds her own life, she is putting her experience to work as a readjustment counselor for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, helping fellow service vets cope with the physical and psychological trauma they have encountered on the battlefield.
TheMillennial.Be Leadership Series
All students can participate in this opportunity, which will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
This experiential program is offered by TheMillennial.Be where students learn skills in relationship building, team development, overcoming obstacles, cross-cultural communication, and how to define leadership roles. Students who participate will learn their preferred style through the completion of workshops and interaction with a team of peers to accomplish personal challenge goals. Our personal challenge goals consist of interactive activities that deepen students’ self-awareness of their decision-making capabilities during their college career and beyond.
Educational Opportunity Association Girls in STEM Conference
Deadline: February 27, 2016
Five female students will be able to apply for this opportunity.
This conference is for girls who are interested in learning about STEM majors and careers. It will feature hands-on activities in laboratory settings; mentoring opportunities with college students, professors, and professional women; and concurrent sessions that allow students to be exposed to all disciplines of STEM.
Men of Excellence Conference
Deadline: February 27, 2016
Five to eight male students will be able to apply for this opportunity.
This conference will help males build the character and skills they need to be successful. Students will be mentored by professionals and college students throughout the weekend and will participate in hands-on, interactive breakout sessions.
Important Spring Dates
- January 5: Super Tutoring
- January 9: ATS and New Student Orientation
- January 19: Super Tutoring
- January 30: ATS
- February 2: Super Tutoring
- February 13: To Kill a Mockingbird at the IRT
- February 13: ATS
- February 16: Super Tutoring
- February 27: ATS and Notre Dame Student Leadership Conference
- March 1: Super Tutoring
- March 12: ATS featuring TheMillenial.Be Leadership Series
- March 15: Super Tutoring
- March 15: Fences at the IRT
- March 22: College Visit
- March 24: College Visit
- March 28–31: Puerto Rico
- April 5: Super Tutoring
- April 9: ATS
- April 19: Super Tutoring
- April 30: ATS/Senior Celebration
- May 3: Super Tutoring
- May 21: SA Orientation
- January 12–May 17 (every Tuesday): Tutoring, 4:30–7:00 p.m.
Educational Opportunity Association
Congratulations to Roxanne Gregg, the IUPUI Upward Bound director, for being elected and inducted as the president of the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA). She will serve in the role from November 2015 until November 2016.
EOA is a regional professional association comprised of 1,000 TRIO and other educational opportunity professionals throughout the Midwest, representing more than 200 colleges, universities, and community organizations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin.