2014 Upward Bound Summer Program Highlights

October 31, 2014

In August, 60 Upward Bound students and staffers wrapped up a fun-filled summer of classes, extracurricular activities, and travel, just in time for cooler weather and the start of the school year.

Each year Upward Bound hosts a six-week academic enrichment Summer Program on The University of Iowa campus where students live in the dorms, take preparatory classes and participate in extracurricular activities like cultural dinners, evening sports, a pool party, a variety show, and more.

The Summer Program is meant to simulate a real college experience. Rising students (students entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the fall) take a rigorous course load that mirrors a typical college schedule. Classes include math, language arts, science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), foreign language and ACT prep.

“It was a great learning experience,” said Brice Page, a junior at West Liberty High School. His advice to future summer students? “Do your homework before you have fun.”

Bridge students (students entering college in the fall) take a University of Iowa course for college credit, participate in a 10 hour per week job shadow with a professional in the community, and complete a transition-to-college seminar.

“My classes went well and my overall experience was good, except for small mishaps,” said DeDe Brown, a 2014 summer Bridge student and graduate of Columbus Community High school who is enrolled at Iowa Central Community College this fall. “My job shadow at Faith Academy [and] my creative writing course with U of I went really well […] and I wouldn't change anything about the experience.”

Much of the fun happened outside of the classroom, like on weekly field trips to the MacBride Raptor Center and National Advanced Driving Simulator, to name a few.

“I really enjoyed all of [the summer field trips]!” said Jessica Lopez, senior at Muscatine High School. “I was lucky enough to be selected to go to the driving simulator and it was one of the best experiences I had during the program. I liked all the information they gave us in the mini medical school and I liked how it didn't get boring. About the raptor center, I liked how we had hands on activities.”

UB topped off the summer with an unforgettable trip to Washington DC, where students enjoyed a Potomac River dinner cruise, toured the memorials and museums, and participated in the interactive whodunit comedy "Shear Madness" at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Students also trekked to the top of the Washington Monument to view the National Mall by moonlight and got a guided tour of the Capitol.

UB staff is busy planning for next year’s summer program and Week of Learning on the Road, and are looking forward to creating new memories!

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