Now Accepting Student Leadership Committee Applications

The school year is coming to a close, and I’m sure many of you already have your “days left of school” countdowns going.  With the end of the school year the Student Leadership Committee (SLC) will need a new crop of members for the next year.  The SLC is a vital part of Upward Bound.  The SLC coordinates the Talent and Multicultural Fashion Show, plans a complete Saturday Session, and leads other activities throughout the school year.  Even more, SLC members are called on to display the very best of our Upward Bound community by welcoming visitors and new students, having stellar attendance, and being a shining example of what we want all Upward Bound students to strive to be.  Read More »

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Seniors!! We Need Your Photos!

Every year at May Awards Night we recognize the graduating seniors for their accomplishments over the past four years.  Part of this is our slide show showcasing our seniors with then and now photos (just like the then and not-so-much-now-as-14-years-ago photos I have up top).  So, Seniors, we need your help!  If you haven’t already, please send your Advisor a picture of yourself from when you were a baby (or at least noticeably younger than you are now) and a picture of you from this year.  Ideally these pictures will just be of you, although if we have to crop you out or have another person in the photo it isn’t the end of the world.

Remember, Awards Night is May 6!

Senior April Checklist

Seniors!  You only have two months left of high school.  Can you believe it?  I’m sure you’ve already have your “days left of school” countdown going for awhile now, but you’re not finished yet!  Here’s a checklist of things you’ll need to do to be ready to take the next step–college:Read More »

The Australian Approach to Paying for College

By now you probably have some idea about how students pay for college.  You also have probably heard about this scary four letter word:  debt.  Yes, almost every student in the United States will graduate with some form of debt.  In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal the average student debt for an American student graduating from college in 2015 is about $35,000.  That is a heck of a lot of money and leaves many students worried about just how they are going to be able to pay it back.  I know I don’t have that kind of money laying around, and I’m old!  But what if there was an easy way to deal with all that debt?Read More »

Free College? Tell Me More!

You probably have heard a lot about reducing student loan debt and even free college from politicians these days, but there is a new pilot program from MnSCU that is more than just talk.  The MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program offers eligible students funding to cover any remaining tuition and fees after applying the awarded Federal Pell Grants and MN State Grants.  This grant can be used for up to 72 credits for qualifying certificate, diploma, AS or AAS programs.  There isn’t an application process other than completing the FAFSA and enrolling for Fall 2016 in one of your colleges qualifying programs.Read More »

Smarter Every Day

As you might have noticed, I love a good YouTube channel.  I stumbled across this video from Smarter Every Day recently, and it is a fantastic demonstration of how amazing (and complicated!) our brains are.  After watching this video I couldn’t help but want to try out the backwards bicycle.  How about you?

Rankings and Selectivity: What’s the Deal? (Part 3)

This post is part of a series of three posts on the topic of college rankings and selectivity and how much it may or may not matter when the time comes to choose where to apply and where to attend. Check out Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Both of the studies in Part 2 focused on earnings and the impact the college you choose has on them; however, colleges can be ranked in a variety of ways.  The Atlantic has a roundup of college rankings here and you’ll see that there really isn’t any consensus on which method to use and which school is the very best.  So here’s the big question: without any good evidence that one school is better than another, is it really worth it to worry about these types of rankings at all?  I would say most likely not.  The most important thing is finding a college that that is a good fit for you.Read More »