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For its annual Cultural Event, UI UB had a night on the town with dinner at Granite City Food and Brewery in Cedar Rapids followed by Theatre Cedar Rapids' production of the Tony award-winning musical Dreamgirls. Dreamgirls follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois....
Think you're pretty book-smart? How about emotionally smart? In February's Saturday Academy, UB students learned about Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and how being emotionally smart is the key to college, career, and relational success. Guest presenter Gale Mote, professor with the University of Iowa...
By Cynthia Montoya, Columbus Community High School junior Could you ever imagine living without your family as a teenager? Well that situation is what occurred in my life, and let me tell you it has not been easy. Born as the first child, my parents were always very strict on me, which made me the...
By Jessica Lopez, Muscatine High School senior Have you ever paid close attention to your name? Do you like it? Would you change it? Do you know what it means? The name that was chosen for you can vary from your family’s traditions, what country you’re born in, your culture or simply because your...
Anthony Garcia, an Upward Bound graduate from Columbus Community High School and current freshman at the University of Iowa, tells the real story of his transition to college, including the struggles and challenges of navigating in a new college environment... Q: Thanks for sitting down to chat...
Going to college can be a scary proposition, and perhaps the scariest part of all is seeing your college bill. At the December Saturday Academy, students addressed the ever-pressing question: “How am I going to pay for college anyway?” with sessions on college payment options and budget management...
College can sometimes feel like a numbers game. GPA, credits, acceptance and program statistics… sometimes it’s hard to get all the numbers straight! At January’s Saturday Academy, Upward Bound tried to demystify college “numbers”, and help students sort out which numbers are worth examining, and...
At the annual Upward Bound FAFSA Day, seniors and their parents completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and learned about what to expect next- both in the college financial aid process and emotionally as students and families make the transition from high school to college. The day...
Maximilia Akakpo In 2009, back in my home country of Togo when I was still a teenager, I started my own business selling homemade popcorn and toffee candy. What made me start my business? Honestly, it all started because I was feeling bored at home and wanted to be active.
Alondra Solis My mom always says, “If you die today, you leave with nothing. So no matter what happens in this world you have to move on.” When you’re struggling and you don’t know how to cope with anything anymore, life will bring you the strength you need to succeed in this world. Life puts...

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